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Easy Medicine Making

Updated on July 8, 2019
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Nicvel has been an educator for over 29 years. Her passion for nature, traveling, and life has taken her into a variety of places.

Red clover tincture

Easy Medicine Making: Herbal Preparation

Easy Medicine Making

The Old Ones say there was a time when we all spoke the same language and lived in harmony with all living things. I have always been attracted to herbs. Maybe my 15% of Native American heritage has something to do with it. For thousands of years, they have practiced herbal medicine to heal the mind, body, and spirit.

Herbal preparations have been handed down from generation to generation. The most common one, teas have been used for a variety of ailments; from calming nerves to providing energy, relieving headaches and stomach problems, strengthening bones.

Here, I am sharing the most common herbal preparation methods. It is important to be aware of the power of plants. Ideally, you are planting your herb garden. If that’s not possible you can always buy organic dried herbs.

I have found out that mixing plants is not always a wise decision. Although most plants are safe, it is important to do some thorough research beforehand. Additionally, remember that herbal medicine is not an overnight quick fix. Health improvement takes consistency and discipline.

Herbal Preparation Methods:

• Tinctures:

This is one of my favorites because it is easy and lasts for years. You simply need your herbs or roots. Fill a glass jar with the herbs and add some vodka. Cover and shake occasionally.

Your tincture will be ready in a month, Strain the herbs then and pour the tincture in small jars with a dropper. A safe dosage is 1 dropper full every day to relieve your symptoms.

My favorite is still Red Clover tincture for its amazing immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory benefits, especially for women health.

• Liniments:

My grandmother always had an alcohol bottle filled with different herbs. Back then I didn’t know but loved and sought for her alcohol massages as the best remedy to treat a fever. With time and, after many hands-on lessons, trials and errors, I learned and followed her steps. Herbal alcohol is a must in my household. The older they get the best results.

To make it I use commercial rubbing alcohol. I add fresh sage, mint, marjoram, and camphor. Shake well and leave in the fridge.

Making Salves

These are also easy to prepare through the double boiler method. I like using coconut or olive oil. You will also need your dried herbs, at least one ounce of beeswax, cheesecloth, glass or metal round containers, and essential oils of your preference.

• Place herbs and oil in a glass container or smaller pot, place inside a larger pot with water about ¼ full.

• Bring water to a boil.

• Once water is boiling, you can then turn the stove down to a simmer and let the herbs and oils infuse in this double boiler method for 30-60 minutes.

• After that, you can pour in your containers. I like to refrigerate mine.

Taking ownership of our health makes a huge difference in our quality of living. And it feels good to be able to help our family members and friends. Which herbal preparation would you try today? Feel free to share your experiences with herbal medicine.

To your health!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Nicvel


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