http://simplenaturalandhomeremedies.com/ A lot is being said about herbs nowadays and sometimes from people who have no experience about them. In this video, Theoretical Herbal Medicine Video, you will learn all you need to know about herbal medicine.
There are many herbal teas that have a good medicinal use and which are beneficial in a host of disorders. We promote familiarity with these teas and their use instead of pharmaceuticals or the irritating beverages and teas such as pekoe (green and black), colas, and coffee. The caffeine and other toxic alkaloids in these teas are mutagenic, causing changes in sex cells that can bring about abnormalities in the offspring. Further, caffeine is irritating to the nerves; it is dehydrating to certain body tissues while promoting swelling of feet and fingers. It causes one to be unsteady on the feet, and it irritates and congests the stomach and bowel. The pancreas, bones, bladder, kidneys, and heart are adversely affected by caffeine, and children are made hyperkinetic.
Make Your Own Tea
Leaves or flowers are used for teas. Unless special instructions come with the tea, use the following directions:
1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of the leaves, or ½ teaspoon of powder.
3. Cover and set off the fire to steep for 15 to 30 minutes.
4. Strain and drink fresh for most teas. Some can be stored. Most can be made once in the morning for the whole day.
Clear teas may be taken between meals, as can water. It is not wise to drink generously of either water or tea while very hot and thirsty. Take only 3-4 ounces at first until you are cooled, so that the stomach will not cramp. Do not lie down after eating for 1-2 hours, if possible; but one may lie down within a few minutes after drinking clear tea or water.
Make Your Own Decoction
Roots, stems, berries, and bark are used for decoctions.
1. Get the material finely divided such as in a powder or chopped (this can be done with a blender).
2. Use one heaping tablespoonful of the herb for medicinal tea in one quart of water.
3. Simmer gently for 5-25 minutes. Do not overcook. Strain. Cool and drink, or store in the refrigerator.
Make an Extract Using Vinegar or Alcohol
1. Use any commercial vinegar or grain alcohol. For external use only, you may use ordinary rubbing alcohol.
2. Mix one ounce of the herb with one pint of the extracting solution.
3. Swirl once or twice a day for 2 to 3 weeks, at which time the extract will have reached its full potency.
4. Strain and squeeze out all the fluid possible.
5. If using alcohol, mix with sufficient water to make a 30% solution. If you must use a beverage alcohol, remember that 60 proof is 30%, or half the proof.
Flaxseed: Ground into powder: Helpful for treating constipation. Highest known plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory, lower cholesterol, and are beneficial for the heart and blood vessels (usually used as the oil for these indications).
Ginkgo leaves: Blood vessel vasodilator, possible memory stimulant.
Goldenseal: Apply externally for fever blisters, sores (including canker sores) in mouth, inflammatory bowel disease, infections (herbal antibiotic).