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How to Use Herbs

   T
he 3 functions of Herbs How they work in our bodies.

   1. To Eliminate and Detoxify.
   2. Maintaining Health. Counteract Symptoms. Allows body to heal itself.
   3. Building. Tone, Nourish and Replenish.

   Herbs have their own energetics, they can be warm or cool, wet or drying.
   That is the essential key to using herbs effectively is knowing which herb
   (or combination), duration of use and how to take it.

   Symptomatic Using herbs based on symptoms of illness. Example, using willow bark
   for a headache, which treats the pain but not the cause of the headache.

   Energetics Applying herbs depending upon their energetic effects on the body, using
   herbs efficiently and more effectively.

   Main Herbal Philosophies

   Ayurveda Ancient Indian medicine based on fundamental energy of life based on
   3 Doshas: PITA, KAPHA, VATA. Ultimate goal is to be “Tri-Dosha”-
   equal balance of the three, in harmonious balance.
   
TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine uses this modality to aid in the application
   of herbs. Based on 7 principles of Yin and Yang.
   
Western Herbalism based on the balance of the four humors.

   TREATMENTS and THERAPIES DURATION

   Acute Ailments-Continue herbal treatment for 1-2 weeks after symptoms are gone.

   Chronic Diseases-One month of treatment for every year the disease developed.

   APPLICATION METHODS
Ways to use Herbs

   1) Cooking Cooked Roots (
Potherb)
   leaves and bark cooked, baked or used fresh.
   2) Flower Essences Heals emotional trauma, allowing body to heal itself.
   3) Flower water tinctures. Many remedies and blends.
   4) Gelatin Capsules One of most popular ways to take herbs. Small size “O” for
   children or adults that find it hard to swallow pills; Larger “OO” most commonly
   found. Good way to take strong herbs, bitter, bad tasting, or herbs taken for long period
   of time.
   5) Gem Elixirs Various crystals, gemstones prepared as a mineral extract or elixir.
   Maybe blended with others as remedies.
   6) HERB TEAS Decoction, Infusion, Medicinal dose vs. Beverage Herbs Used for
   teas usually have a mild or pleasant taste.

   Beverage tea is nutritive, refreshing and
   consumed whenever.
Medicinal tea doses are much higher.
   
Typical Medicinal Tea: 1 oz/pint of water; take ½ cup 3 times a day; or take smaller doses
   more frequently. Refrigerate excess, lasts 3 days or so.
   
Infusion: Herbs steeped in hot water for a few minutes up to 10 minutes. Delicate
   herbs, flowers & leaves are prepared as infusions. Boiling/ Hot water is poured into a cup
   or tea kettle. Herbs are placed inside and allowed to steep. One of the most
   popular methods worldwide. Sun Tea is a summer favorite, add mint & lemon.
   
Decoction: Herbs simmered in water- covered or uncovered for several minutes up to
   20 minutes or longer. Course leaves, stems, roots & barks are typically prepared in
   this manner in order to release their properties.
   
Essential Oils: Very concentrated. Essential oils are distilled or pressed from herb or
   fruit. Typically used topically & used as an ingredient for healing & for fragrance.
   Occasionally used internally.
   
Salve, Ointment & Balm: All three are made with similar ingredients, waxes oils and
   herbs, various others. Balms tend to be firmer, less oily. Applied topically to soothe,
   heal and protect skin & lips.
   
Tincture / Extract Herbs in concentrated formulations usually in an alcohol base.

   Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes, not intended for
   self-diagnosis.
   Always consult your health care practitioner whenever needed.