Intro To Herbs + Herbal Medicine

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Hi everyone and welcome back and happy new year! (lol) This year we will be starting off with a new series called anything and everything herbs. Now of course if you are following on Facebook you know the basis of what this series is all about and if you don’t no worries it’s never too late to go check it out.

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Anything and everything herbs is a series to help those who want to learn about herbs. It is getting back to basics and giving you the tools you need to heal and learn from the comfort of your own home or wherever you find peace. Always consult with your doctor or a trusted physician if you have any concerns before changing your regular diet or taking new supplements.These statements are not medical advice and are not regulated or approved by the FDA or any other certifying agency.

Jumping right in

Herbal is medicine is the study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants; herbalism. Remedies and medicines made from plants.(“traditional doctors prescribe herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of illness”). Herbs can be divided into broad energetic categories based on their taste, constituents, and basic effects on the body. There are 12 basic categories of herbs and today we are going to go over a few of them briefly. Now before working with herbs it is very important to know what your goals are. For example it is my goal in life to help educate and help others heal in more than just the physical aspect. Knowing how you to help yourself heal brings light into your world. Taking care of your body is a full-time job and you have to be up for the challenge.

COMMON CATEGORIES OF HERBS:

Side note: Any individual herb may fit into more than one category

Pungent Herbs: Have a spicy or hot taste and typically have a very sharp aroma. They move blood and energy upward toward the head and mucus membranes. These kind of herbs stimulate digestion, may enhance appetite and may help expel gas. ( ex ginger, mustard, onions, cayenne pepper)

Aromatic Herbs: Contain violate oils which is another name for essential oils. These oils evaporate when they are exposed to heat and light. They have a strong effects on the nervous system, either calming or stimulating. ( ex dill, peppermint, lemon balm and even carrot family)

Simple (Nonalkaloidal ) Bitters: Simple bitters are herbs that various bitter principles. These bitters may act as natural laxatives. They cause energy to move downward toward the digestive organs. Bitter herbs should be avoided by emaciated and typically dry people. ( ex wild lettuce, buckthorn, butternut bark, aloe leaf (not the gel), turkey rhubarb)

Alkaloidal Bitters: These bitters taste better due to the presence of alkaloids. Some known compounds in these herbs are caffeine, nicotine, and berberine. Alkaloidal bitters can be drying and depleting when over used by some people. ( ex goldenseal, Oregon grape, California poppy)

Sour Herbs: It’s known that many berries and fruits have a sour taste due to acids ( citric, malic, and ascorbic acid). Flavonoids are also present and they are high in antioxidants and may help reducing fevers. Sour herbs are considered good for the liver and eyes. ( ex mugwort, yarrow, cinnamon, dandelion)

Salty Herbs: The salty taste we taste is different for these herbs they is a more subtle grassy taste. The salty flavor comes from the presence of mineral salts. They are known to clear the lymphatics, promote lymph flow and loosen mucus in the body. ( ex cumin, cayenne, paprika, black pepper, oregano, lemon peel, garlic) 

Sweet Herbs: These herbs have a sweet like flavor not like honey or sugar but a dark chocolate type of flavor. They are normally used to build up wakened conditions and replenishing energy reserves. Larger doses may overstimulate the body are abused more often than you think. ( ex cinnamon basil, the various mints like apple mint, pineapple mint, and peppermint, pineapple sage, lavender (if used very sparingly), Stevia)

Moving on if you have any questions please email me at humblesoul80888@gmail.com.

Before trying herbs or taking anything it’s important to get a correct assentment. Always talk with doctor about your options before switching anything in your diet or daily supplements. Find a herbalist or practitioner that meets your needs. Somethings to look for when looking at your options is what they bring to the table, do they fit your lifestyle, and they ask the right questions. One red flag to look out for is someone who is against modern medicine. I understand the power of herbs and the power of modern medicine ( going to the doctor). No one should ever tell you to stop taking your medicine unless it was approved by your primary physician. It can be very dangerous and should be monitored very closely. Many over the counter medicine may overpower or cause a reaction when mixed with herbal medicine.

Next we will go over different types of herbal medicine.

Dried herbs: can be used in capsules, for herbal tea, bath soaks, and other various herbal extracts

Capsules: dried herbal powders placed in capsules to be swallowed, may take up to 15 minuted to an hour to start taking effects

Tablets: herbal powders are dried and mixed with a substance that acts as a binder, tablets can be harder to digest

Water extractions: ( herbal tea, decoctions) do not work well with nasty tasting herbs, can be stored in the fridge in the refrigerator for up to 5 days depending on mixture,

Syrups: water based extraction, made in the same way as a decoction the only change is water and a sweetener are used like honey or sugar, syrups have a short shelf life and can be extended by adding alcohol

Alcohol Tinctures: alcohol is an excellent solvent for dry and fresh herbs, they have the longest shelf life and can be stored for years, not recommended for children or people with liver disorders

Herbal vinegars + Acid tinctures: most commonly used in the kitchen for cooking or making salad dressings, a popular example is fire cider

Check back in a few days to learn more herbal tea and decoctions

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