Preparation Of Herbal Remedies...
The most important part of herbology is the combining of herbs to make effective remedies. The best way is to take the herbs internally as most conditions are from within our bodies. There are three ways we can prepare herbs which include water based preparations, alcohol-based preparations and dry-based preparations.
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There are a few simple rules to follow when working with herbs for food, nutritional supplements, or medicinals:
- Always *know* that you can personally identify the herbs you are using. This is the only sure way to know they are safe for the intended preparation.
- If you are preparing an infusion or decoction, always use either glass of porcelain cookware and mixing bowls; never use metal containers.
- When preparing herbs for short or long-term storage, place the dried herbs in airtight glass containers and store in a cool place. Do not keep dried herbs refrigerated.
- Always follow the recommended dosages on your preparations and recipes. Over-use of herbals can defeat the purpose for which you are using them. Some of the most beneficial herbs can be toxic if they are over used.