Making Herbal Remedies

Measuring Remedies

You can use standard spoons, droppers
or measuring cups for doses. Quantities for infusions and decoctions should be divided
into three equal doses.

Drop doses = 5-10 drops depending
on age and/or condition

1 ml = 20 drops

5 ml = 1 teaspoon

20 ml = 1 tablespoon

65 ml = 1/4 cup

130 ml = 1/2 cup

IMPORTANT: For
children and the elderly, doses should be reduced depending on age and/or bodyweight.
If pregnant, or suffering from gastric or liver inflammation or when treating children
use non-alcoholic tinctures.

Infusion

An infusion is made the same way you make tea, well, quite close. Bring
water almost to a boil then pour over the herb. Let sit for 10 minutes then pour
through a sieve or strainer. Store leftovers in a cool place.

Standard dose: 1/2 cup three times each day.

Decoction

This is used mostly for roots, bark, twigs and berries. Heat the herb
in cold water and simmer up to one hour. Make the quantity to be used fresh each
day. Strain through a sieve into a pitcher or tea cup.

Standard dose: 1/2 cup three times each day.

Tincture

You make tinctures by steeping the dried or fresh herb in a 25% mixture
of alcohol and water. The alcohol not only extracts the plants active ingredient
by serves as a preservative. Vodka is ideal for use at home. Most commercial tinctures
use ethyl alcohol. If you are making a tincture from a bitter or unappealing tasting
herb consider using rum; it helps to mask the taste.

Put the herbs in a large jar and cover with water/vodka mix. Seal and store for
two weeks; shake occasionally. Poor mixture through cheesecloth into wine press.
Press the mixture into a jug. Pour the strained liquid into clean dark glass bottles.

Standard dose: 5 ml three times each day.Dilute
in water with some honey or fruit juice.

Compress

Compresses are used to help wounds heal. Soak a clean piece of soft cloth
in a hot infusion or herbal extract. Squeeze out excess liquid.

Standard dose: use a standard infusion decoction or 5-20 ml tincture in
500 ml of hot water.

Poultice

Poultice are similar to compresses but the
whole herb is applied. Most poultices are applied hot. To prepare boil the fresh
herb, squeeze out extra liquid and spread it on the area affected. It is a good idea
to put a small amount of oil on the skin before putting the poultice on to prevent
the herb from sticking. Apply gauze or cotton to hold the herbs in place.

Standard dose: Use enough herbs to cover area,
replace every 2-4 hours.

References:

The Complete Medicinal

Herbal pages 120-124.

Homeopathy Explained

Homeopathy is a holistic, meaning complete, approach to the treatment of illness. A homeopathic treatment will address everything about a person, their well-being, their mental state, their physical affirmaties etc.

Homeopathic remedies come from natural sources, but this does not mean that they are herbal medicines. A homeopathic remedy uses the same elements which would cause a healthy person to undergo the symptoms which the sick person is experiencing. By stimulating the symptoms in the body the body is encouraged to develop the cure which will fight the disease.

The homeopathic remedy is a combination of the elements which will cause the body to show the desired symptoms, normally 10% of the mixture and a medium. A medium carries the remedy. Commonly used mediums are alcohol or lactose. This mixture is not immediately introduced to the body. Instead it is shaken until completely combined then only 10% of it is added to another 90% medium. This process can be carried on 3 times, 30 times and so on. “The further a substance is attenuated away from the original substance the more powerful is becomes for healing.” —What Makes A Remedy Homeopathic

ho*me*op*a*thy definition: n. a system of treating disease by administering small doses of a drug which would cause a healty person to have the symptoms of the disease under treatment [fr. Gk homoios, of the same kind +pathos, suffering.]

It is important to keep in mide that homeopathic remedies can not harm the body. If you choose to use one of these remedies yourself please consult your physician and stick to the 30x potency. Remedies are best taken when you haven’t eaten recently [15+ minutes]. Don’t eat or drink for another 15 minutes.

References:
The New Lexicon Webster’s Dictionary
of the English Language page 463.

Home Health Handbook: Treatments
and Alternatives Group 17 page 81.

What Makes A Remedy Homeopathic
by Michel Igbal Dr. of Homeopathy