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* Herbal remedies (recipes)
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* History of herbs
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This is to be used as a reference, a guide in which one can ask or speak to professional or one's doctor before undertaking any herbal remedy.
|Common drugs made from plants:|
|Potentially dangerous herbs:|
|Taking herbal remedies safely:
The Food & Drug Administration regulates herbal products as food supplements and not drugs. The labels on these products often times do not list ingredients, risks, side effects, or possible harmful interactions with other substances.
|When to avoid herbs:|
|Forms of Herbal Preparations:
* Tinctures & extracts - which is an herb placed in alcohol or liguid glycerin. Alcohol draws out the herb's active properties, concentrating them and helping to preserve them, and is easily absorbed by the body. Liquid glycerin taste sweet, and the body processes it as a fat, not sugar, however too much of this substance can trigger a laxative effect. These may be taken as drops in tea, diluted in water, or used in a compress or massage.
* Capsules & Tablets - contain the ground or powdered form of the raw herb. They are easier to transport and typically are tasteless. They should be made within 24 hours of milling the herbs because the herbs degrade quickly.
* Lozenges - are nutrient-rich, naturally sweetened preparations that dissolve in the mouth. They come in various formulas such as cough suppressent, decongestant, or cold-fighting. Most are boosted with vitiman C.
* Teas - can be made from most herbs and are used for a wide range of purposes. Usually it is prepared by infusin or decoction. Decoction is used for denser herbs such as roots or bark, and the herb is boiled in water for 15 to 20 minutes, and infusion is where the herbs are steeped in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes.
* Juices - are made by washing fresh herbs under cold running water, cutting them with scissors into suitable pieces, and running them through a jiuce exactor until they turn into a liquid, Usually, drops are placed in tea or water.
* Vapor & Inhalation Treatments - are usually recommended for respiratory and sinus conditions. The treatment helps open congested sinuses and lung passages, promote mucus discharge, and ease breathing.
* Herbal Baths - usually the herb is placed in a warm bath along with a soluble agent such as baking soda or aloe gel or can be an oatmeal-type preparation.
* Poultices & Compresses - is usually a moist paste made from crushed herbs that is applied to the body in a wrapped cloth to keep it in place.
|* Oils, Ointments, salvas, & Rubs - are usually expressed from peels of lemons, oranges, or other citrus fruit, and may be used for a wide range of things, but they can cause skin irration.|