Salves are one of my favorite herbal medicine to make. Not only are they easy but they are very customizable. One of the first herbal medicines I made as a salve, a dandelion salve. My little brother like to poke fun at me for making these “hippie creams,” as he calls them. Though, he was grateful for the plantain salve I made when you got a bad sunburn.
Whenever people want to get started in herbal medicine I always recommend starting with a salve. This is about as simple as it gets. The beeswax is used to keep the salve solid at and above room temperature. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and helps your body absorb the salve. I almost always use tea tree oil essential oil in my salves as the tea tree oil is a great natural preservative. The infused oil is where the main medicinal properties lie. For a good beginner salve, you can just simply start with plain, ole olive oil to learn the process. Infused oils can have more than one herb infused into it but a single herb is great for beginners. My favorite is always doing a dandelion flower salve.
To be honest, I had a hard time finding information on herbal salves and their history, but I did find that the Native American’s used salves and medical ointments to treat topical conditions. The rest of the things I’m going to discuss are from personal experience and from researching salve recipes.Continue reading →
You may be familiar with infused oils that you can find in grocery stores. Olive oil infused with herbs like dill, cumin, cinnamon, and rosemary are meant to give the olive oil flavors for cooking. In herbal medicine, infused oils are used for different reasons.
Infused oils are used in making salves, lip balms, and massage oils.
Herbs are placed in the oil and the properties from the plants are extracted. The infused oil then contains the plant’s properties. Infused oils are convenient since it contains the plant’s properties without the need to have the plant itself. However, this does not necessarily mean that you should always use infused oils in place of using dried or fresh herbs.Continue reading →
Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years but essential oils have not been around as long.
Plants have always been essential in various rituals and ceremonies for centuries. The Egyptians would use herbs and spices in the embalming process of their dead. Scents were very important in everyday life as well. Festivals, bathing, medicine, cosmetic, and perfume all had important aroma elements to them. The Egyptians were masters at creating perfumes and this soon spread throughout the world.Continue reading →
We are all familiar with modern day Western medicine and the different forms they come in. From pills to syrups, to creams and vaccinations, medicine comes in all shapes and sizes. Herbal medicine also comes in many forms and today I’m going to discuss the most common forms of herbal medicine.
Infusions & Herbal Teas
Infusions and teas are almost the same things, but they aren’t. They are both prepared similarly and used just about the same, but they still have their differences.
Teas are made up of one or more herbs and taken when you want to enjoy tea and occasionally while ill. Infusions have a higher concentration of herbs and can provide more vitamins and minerals per cup than a regular cup of tea. Infusions may be steeped longer than tea. Infusions are meant to benefit the body, tea is a drink for pleasure.Continue reading →
Plants have been used for centuries to treat illnesses and health conditions and are one of the oldest forms of medicine. From the Chinese to the Egyptians to the Native Americans, herbal medicine has been used all over the world and is still used today.
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes.1
Since the use of plants as medicine has been around since the dawn of man there are many different ways to practice herbal medicine. There are three main types of herbal medicine practiced today; Traditional Western Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine. These are the three we will be talking about but there is so much more out there than these three. Every culture has a different way of using plants for medicine and religious ceremonies and more. The Native Americans have their own way of doing things and even that can differ between tribes and regions. When you involve witchcraft and religion it can be completely different as well. Here are the three most common herbal medicinal practices used today.Continue reading →
The word ‘apothecary’ is derived from apotheca, meaning a place where wine, spices and herbs were stored.1
In medieval Europe individuals who sold these wines, spices, and herbs would prepare medicines and sell them to physicians and those who were ill. They would even give medical advice.
Apothecaries originally started out in the grocery business and later created guilds. A guild is a group of people with similar interests and skills who would make and sell products together. Sometimes they would join up with doctors but their main job was to supply remedies to the doctors.Continue reading →