Herbal Medicine Making

I am working to finish up a module in my herbal course that teaches medicine making. I have been making herbal medicine for years, but now it is time to do it “by the book”. Last month I finished reading The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook by James Green. This book really is a must read for anyone who is serious about learning to make herbal medicine.

Besides teaching you the basics of making all kinds of herbal medicines, Green also goes over which kinds of medicines are appropriate for which herbs based on that herbs constituents. For example, slippery elm is very mucilaginous and does not extract well in alcohol based medicines. It’s properties are better suited for an infusion (herbal tea).

He also covers both the folk method of medicine making (what I have been using) and the weight-to-volume method (a more precise method, especially for obtaining exact dosages). Honestly, the more precise methods are a little more difficult for me as I tend to be a little artistic in everything I do. Recipes, instructions, and patterns all stifle my creativity! However, I know not everyone loves my experiments as much as I do, so I sometimes need to conform.

Over the next few weeks, I wanted to walk through each of my medicine making endeavors. I am not by any means a professional, but am having so much fun learning. It is amazing to me how wonderfully the Lord has provided for His children with the plants of the field!

Some of the medicines I will be covering over the next few weeks include:

  • tinctures
  • glycerites
  • lotions
  • poultices
  • syrups
  • infusions/decoctions
  • herbal steams
  • and much more!

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Learn the Herbs: Garlic

I am creating a series of herbal fact sheets to aid in learning individual herbs. To learn about garlic, click here to download the PDF fact sheet.

Garlic is a powerhouse of an herb, with so many uses it is hard to know where to start in describing it. It is gentle enough for even young children and yet powerful enough to kill resistant strains of bacteria. I have used garlic in place of antibiotics for both strep throat infections and mastitis.

In fact, I had heard for years that nursing babies enjoy the taste of garlic in their mother’s milk. However, as I was doing research on garlic, I found that there was an actual study done to determine the validity of this claim. The result of the study confirmed that infants nursing habits improved when the mother’s breast milk contained garlic volatiles. That is great news for us mommies that don’t want to have to subject our little ones to antibiotics.

Another property of garlic is its normalizing effect. Garlic is used to lower blood glucose, but not below normal levels as some other herbs can do. Garlic inhibits platelet aggregation, but doesn’t thin the blood.

Garlic really is a great all around herb. It has so many practical uses and very few contraindications. Another benefit is that it is very inexpensive and readily available. This makes it perfect for the beginning herbalist to practice using!

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