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 wanted to thank you for your youtube videos. They are fantastic!!! About a week ago my oldest daughter who is 8 was home sick with strep so we watched ALL of the videos. She loved them as much as I do. This past weekend we went to a health food store and while I was checking out their herbs I overheard my 8 year old teaching my 5 year old which herbs were hard and which were soft herbs. I couldn't help but chuckle. Then my 8 yr old looked at me and said "Remember mom, what Shoshanna taught us, I am showing Emily." I then had to tell her to stop squeezing the merchandise :) but told her how proud I was of her for teaching her sister. Thanks again for all the wonderful information you provide on this site.
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