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:
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