A 45 min Video is at the end, it will go with this post. It will show you the style of basic teaching as your mentor. It is an example to show how to make basic herbal medicine and more.
This is a huge problem for everyone. The average person looking up information on herbs, has a web of conflicting information.
I want to write about the maze of confusion concerning 1000 peoples views on the same herb. Herbal Medicine is mostly a science, but it is also an art. You look at an herbs constituents, the chemistry, what alkaline s, gums , starch, sugars, saponins, alkaloids, oils, on and on. These are facts. with this in mind why do so many herbal sites, books, videos, seem to say something different. It leaves you confused and you think, ‘For the love of God, who is right’, this is huge problem.
I will try to clear up some confusion in this article using tinctures as my source of 1000 herbalist and 1000 views.
First, The US pharmacopoeia calls for a dry herb to be a 1:5 ratio, W/V- Weight to Volume, and a fresh herb to be a 1:2 W/V ratio, or, 1:1, and stronger herbs 1:8, or 1:10
The herbal medicine makers guide and many books seem to stay with what they learned. The Pharmacopoeia’s are the standard, but much is not valid.
Understand, many of the old Dr’s, (Eccletic’s) many of the old Materia Medicas and formularies, dispensaries etc. They are old, they are good as a reference, but since then, trial and error, new herbs, new clinical trials have shed a lot of new light on many herbs.
It has been a journey, this is one thing to keep in mind, something new is not always better then old.
In my own studies and in the 100% Tuition FREE Herbal School, I use folk lore, I use Native American uses, not embracing their pagan spirituality, just uses. I see many times folk lore uses far out weigh many new herbal uses. In the book, ‘ Medical Herbalsiem’ I like what Hoffman said, he was writing about folk lore herb uses, he wrote, “ While modern herbal science is good, we can not over look what old folk lore, local healers used and with great success, many used only the herbs that grew around them.
“Many old folklore healers that did not know the difference between a Saponin and a satellite did great healing with what was handed down to them, and they work.”
This is my new way of doing, studying herbs. Every home herbalist, any herbalist, should learn the biochemistry, biology, Pharmacy, Materia Medica, AP and such, but this is needed to understand what a given herb will do physiologically, know what herb, or herbs, to use internal, external, what kind of medicine, a tea, infusion, a balm, salve, poultice, tincture, extract etc. Dose is important, what part of the plant is used for what condition.
In comes a good Materia Medica. How the body works, Anatomy, Physiology, Botany, how to make herbal medicines, anyone can learn a lot about an herb, by a good monograph. The problem , many herbalist seem to disagree with each other, as much as Christian Denominations, different religions, politics, so who is right?
With my vast library and using the website, like most of us do. I have come to a few conclusions that may be of help.
Step one, I always take the advice of a practicing herbalist over a vendor.
Now days, modern herbalist make tinctures out of almost every herb, this is wrong as some are soluble only in water. You can not just take any herb and make a tincture, understand this for your step one information.
Step two; almost never get information from a site that is a vendor site, they want to sell product and much exaggeration, or poor truth about the herb is given, as well as the recommended dose, almost always more then needed, after all, they want you to come back and buy more.
Very few, but there are some, vendor sites that give good information, but few are to be seen, so do not take to the bank information on a vendor site.
Step three; Find a quality site that has nothing to sell, like this one, nothing, no books no herbal links to a vendor’s, they get paid by you clicking on the link to the vendor.
Step four; Not all herbs work the same on all people. One person may not tolerate Valerian, but do well on something as mild as Avena sativia L, Oats( cultivated), or catnip, lemon balm, ETC.
We are all different, if the herb gives you a head ache stop taking it, if you get adverse reactions stop using it, move on and try another herb, that is what ALL good herbal practitioners will do.
The example is a basic Tincture. I am big on tinctures and use them when I can with the given herb, endless shelf life and simply faster acting.
‘The Herbal Medicine Makers Guide’ By Green- is the gold standard on how to make herbal medicine, it is filled with new age stuff and I would to God I had the time to put out a free book like it, but with a Christian perspective. The book,’Medical Herbalism’-By Hoffmann, In both books they say make a tincture as the pharmacopoeia says, and let it sit for 10-14 days.
Most modern herbalist and a great Herbal School, based in N.E. In Boston a great College , they say 6-8 weeks to let a tincture sit, as well as a cold oil infusion. I let my herbs sit on average two months and if I can three months. After Three, some say Four months the herb properties are no longer extracted in alcohol, so any longer is of no use.
Many modern herbalist make dry herb tinctures now days at a 1:4 ratio, so who is right?
One excellent site, maybe the oldest one around, says, a fresh tincture is no stronger than a dry herb tincture. It is 100% proof, a fresh herb tincture is stronger, 1000 herbalist, 1000 opinions.
Richard Whelan a brilliant website, is a practicing Medical Herbalist in Christ Church N.Z. he says he does not like, or use much Pau D’Arco, other rave about it.
Dr Christopher’s information and his herbal school, NOTE: all herb schools are very expensive as you know.
Dr Christopher in his 100 herbal monogram says things you would not read by many others, and most of it is excellent, folk lore, old herbal uses, I love that. The great, must have book for any serious herbal student is ‘Medical Herbalsiem’, it is a must, full, with so many things and in great detail.
Dr Christopher says things, uses and dose’s combinations in his formulas, many not found anywhere else, who is right?
Trinity College of Natural healing is Christian, but very expensive, a top notch college hands down.
I am one of the 1000 Herbalist, I have come to learn, use, and believe different, so what do you do?
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