New to Herbs?
When we started using herbs, we felt as dumb as a box of rocks. Have you ever felt that way? Does that describe your approach to herbs and home remedies? If so, you’re not alone. We receive letters every day from folks just like you asking for advice on how to use herbs. You've already taken one step forward by browsing our website. Make the time to read through it as much as possible. You will find educational and practical information that will lead you to become experienced in using herbs.
The more you read our website, the more confident you'll be with herbs.
We provide you with articles that record some of our personal experiences using herbs. As you read them, you will notice just how simple it is for you to do the same.
We have also made available some basic instructions on preparing remedies, which will give you details and ideas as to how to make your own remedies at home. Occasionally, we receive letters from folks sharing remedies with us. We hope you can benefit from these as well. Perhaps you will write to us too and share some of your own remedies. There is much to be learned from browsing through the From Our Mailbox section.
The books we offer will open up a new world of possibilities to you.
When you make yourself familiar with the above references, you'll need to secure your very own herb books. They will provide helpful instructions and herbal recipes, answer many questions, give cautions and warnings, and much more.
After years of experience in using herbs, we find ourselves learning new things almost every day. The following books are references we use very often. They are all written by different authors, each offering their own expertise and perspective. There are literally hundreds of herbs out there. So, naturally, no book covers them all. Each author has chosen to write about the herbs they have studied and perhaps enjoy. Some books are written for beginners, and others for folks that want to build on their herbal knowledge.
If you have little ones at home, we'd recommend The ABC Herbal. It will give you a very quick and simple overview of how herbs work. It also includes recommendations for how to naturally treat the most common childhood illnesses with herbs.
The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook is more in depth than The ABC Herbal, but it is still a great book for beginners. It serves as a reference guide for over 180 herbs with remedies for specific ailments, effectiveness and safety ratings, and dosage recommendations.
Herbal Antibiotics has great information on the subject of herbs as a whole, and how they benefit us today. After explaining the history of synthetic drugs, the author lists the most effective antibiotic herbs in a thorough, easy-to-read manner. It also includes great directions for making remedies and a few recipes.
Practical Herbalism is THE book for those of you seeking detailed instructions on preparing remedies. It also has good information for those of you interested in growing your own herbs. This is a beautifully illustrated work.
Nutritional Herbology is our most exhaustive reference. It provides an incredible amount of detail on each herb and their possible uses. This is our most used reference, and the one we'd choose if we could only use one. However, it can be overwhelming if you have not read more basic books on herbs first.
Herbs are not like over-the-counter or prescription drugs.
Rather than being addictive, herbs work themselves out of a job by stimulating the body to proper function. Along with their healing properties, they also feed the body with much needed nutrients. Though one could overdose on an herb, and some do have side effects, they are much more useful and safer than drugs. Of course, they are much more affordable too.
Any well-read parent can bless their family with easily made teas, tinctures, poultices, and so on. Try our mixed remedies and teas. They will introduce you to the wonder working properties of herbs.
From our Mailbox
I live on a Greek island and there is such an abundance of herbs growing wild! However,I don't really know what they all do and how to best use them. Thanks for this fantastic site which I discovered through NGJ! I would like to give all mamas a healthy alternative to baby lotion.
Heat 2 cups of good quality olive oil with a handful of chamomile flowers (dried) and pour in a jar and allow to cool. Store in glass for future use. I use it on the children after their bath by massaging and they warm up in seconds! It also seems to help in healing cuts and abrasions.
Did you know that chamomile actually means apple of the ground in Greek (because of its apple-like smell)?
Thanks once again! ~Arlene
Did You Know?
After childbirth, a mama's body is gearing up for breastfeeding. It also begins a cleansing process as chemicals, hormones, and nutrients are all adjusting to proper levels as before the pregnancy. The liver, kidneys, colon, etc. are all very involved in this cleansing. Herbs that aid in this process are known as liver cleansers and as blood purifiers. Amazingly enough, many of the liver cleansers and blood purifiers also promote milk production. Some of these herbs are: Fennel, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Dandelion. Most of us may not see the relation between breastfeeding and cleansing. However, God provided the herbs that aid the new mother to get both jobs done. The Mama's Milk Tea recipe was contributed by one of our readers, and includes herbs for after birth.
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