Herbal Preparation

Steeping

This method is best used to get volatile oils in herbs such and peppermint or when using delicate parts of the plant such as the petals or leaves.

infusion

Procedure

  •  Measure and cut the indicated amount of plant into small pieces.
  • Add it the indicated amount of cold water
  • Let it soak without heating for four to six hours or the time indicated by your preparation guide. The required element of the plan will seep out into the cold water

Infusion

Used in a similar way as steeping.

Procedure

  • Add indicated amount of plant in a container
  • Add indicated amount of boiling water
  • Cover the container tightly
  • Leave for sit for 5-20 minutes depending on specifications.
  • Measure and take indicated dosage.
  • Best taken after meals
  • Do not take after 12 hours after preparation. DISCARD after 12 hours.
  • Do not reheat infusion.

Decoction

This method is similar to boiling teas or simmering. It is used
to extract constituents of the harder parts of the plants that are harder to reach. These include the constituents of roots, barks, stems and even coarser leaves.

decoction

Procedure

  • Place the specified amount of plant in a container
  • Add cold water and cover the container
  • Apply heat and bring it to boil slowly over low flames.
  • Container should boil while covered if the plant contains volatile ingredients such as mint, camomile, thyme etc.
  • Boil uncovered if the desired plan component is not volatile and allow the water to decrease to about half its original level.
  • Allow to simmer for 15 to an hour minutes depending on the part of the plant.

Enema or Colonics

This method introduces liquids through the anus into the colon to cleanse the large
intestine. These are mainly used in constipation.

enema

There are two types:

  1. Evacuation enemas – Used to remove fecal material from the intestines using a large amount of water mixed with plant substances or boiled liquid residue (between 500 cc and 1L).
  2. Micro Enema – Uses sodium citrate, glycerol and sodium lauryl sulphoacetate

Procedure

  • Place indicated amount of enema in a syringe.
  • Take it cool if you are trying to remove old wastes that have dried and hardened on the intestinal walls
  • Take warm if you are trying to build the nervous system
  • Retain fluid as long as possible.
  • Repeat procedure within one hour

Positions

  • Take enema while lying on the left side
  • Then take while on the hands and knees
  •  Then while lying on the right side

WARNING – SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN IF THERE IS BLEEDING, ABDOMINAL PAIN, SUSPICION OF APPENDICITIS, PERITONITIS OR INTESTINAL PARALYSIS

Compresses or Fomentations

Compresses are useful for open and closed wound healing. This method uses a gauze, cotton or linen cloth soaked in a decoction to apply to the affected area on the skin. The desired component is then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.

cold-compress

There are four types of compresses used based on the temperature of the decoction used.

  1. Cool compress – uses decoction at any desired temperature (specific temperature). This is changed every five minutes
  2. Cold compress – uses ice cold water or crushed ice placed between layers of cloth containing decoction.
  3. Heating compress – uses decoction at room temperature. It feels cold at first but heats up gradually as the heat from your body seeps into it.
  4. Hot compress – This uses hot decoction but it should be ensured that the temperature is cool enough to avoid burns. This should be changed every three minutes.

Procedure

  • Prepare decoction as mentioned above
  • Allow to cool to the desired temperature
  • Use appropriate cloth to soak up the decoction and wring cloth so that it does not drip
  • Apply gently to affected area. Do not irritate open wounds by wiping

Inhalation

This method uses the fumes from infusions for inhalation through the mouth or nose. It can be used for a wide variety to illnesses but mainly for headaches, clearing the sinuses and lungs.

inhalation

Powders

Powders are useful especially when making capsules or pills, salves or poultices and tea bags.

powders

Procedure

  • Dry the desired plant component in either direct sunlight or in artificial light.
  • Use a mortar and pestle to crush the dried plant component until it has a powdery consistency.

Capsules

This method is mostly used when the dosage of the herbs to be taken is small (1/2 – 3g) at a time. It is also useful when trying to take bitter herbs as it reduces the surface area of the tongue exposed to the bitter herbal component. This is especially useful when bitter herbs have to be taken often in small amounts over a long period.

capsules

Procedure

  • Combine powdered herb into a small bowl and mix it using a spoon until it is evenly distributed.
  • Open the capsule and press each half of the opening of the capsules into the powder until they are nearly full.
  • Close capsule carefully to ensure that the contents do not spill.

Pills

These are used very similarly to capsules.

pills

Procedure

  • Add desired powdered herbs to a bowl and mix evenly using a spoon.
  • Add 10% slippery elm or any other mucinous substance to the mixture.
  • Slowly add water to mixture while stirring to combine everything evenly in a dough like consistency.
  • Roll the dough into small pea sized boluses.
  • They can be taken immediately or placed in the oven to dry at low heat depending on the herbs used.

Liniment

This is a combination of herbs prepared with a base of oil, vinegar, and alcohol.

liniment

Procedure

Vinegar or alcohol based:

  • If dried herbs are being used, place half cup of herb in a container and add 2 cups of vinegar or alcohol to it. If fresh herbs are being used, add 1 cup of herb instead of half cup to 2 cups of vinegar or alcohol.
  • If powdered herbs are being used, allow the mixture to stand for three days. If whole or cut herbs are being used, allow to stand for 14 days.
  • Bottle and store in a cool, dark place.
Oil based
  • For oil based liniments, simply mix the oil into the liniment based on the ratio of herb to oil indicated for your specific remedy.
  • Allow to stand for three days for powdered herbs or 14 days for whole or cut herbs.
  • If fresh herbs are used, allow the mixture to stand in order to separate the oil from the water.
  • Bottle mixture and store in a cool warm place.

Essential Oils

These are used for many purposes including arthritic pain, rheumatic pain and to improve local circulation.

essential-oils

Procedure

There are two ways to prepare
essential oils:

1.

  • Use a mortar and pestle to macerate fresh or powdered herb together evenly
  • Add 2 cups of olive, coconut or sesame oil to ½ cup of herb in a bowl.
  • Mix the contents using a spoon then allow to stand for three days

2.

  • Heat 2 cups of oil to ½ cup herbs to a pot and boil for at least one hour.
  • Strain the contents and bottle the liquid in a closed container.
  • Allow to cool

Poultice

Poultice is used for a wide variety of complaints including inflammation, allergic reactions, superficial ulcers, insect bites etc. This remedy has a great absorbent effect due to the wide surface area of the skin usually covered.

puoltice

Procedure:

  • Add hot water, liniment, tea or tincture to a bowl
  • Add finely chopped plants or powder to the bowl
  • Stir until a paste is formed
  • Spread this paste over the skin of affected area or on a gauze
  • Finally, place a plastic wrap over the paste to lessen the loss of moisture.

Tinctures

These are used externally either as swabs or application to directly to the skin. They may also be used in rare cases by diluting 5 drops of the tincture in 8 drops of water. However, this should only be done upon the advice of a physician. They may be prepared using plant extract plus alcohol, vinegar or vegetable glycerin. Tinctures will last up to 4 years if stored in a cool dark area.

tincture

Procedure

In alcohol

  • Place powdered or macerated herbs in a pot
  • Add alcohol until the herbs are covered.
  • Warm between 70 and 90 degrees.
  • Get a glass jar that can be closed and pour contents into it.
  • Close the glass container and shake well
  • Allow to stand for 10-15 days depending on the type of herb ensuring that the contained is shaken every 24-48 hrs.
  • Strain liquid from the mixture using a suitable cloth.
  • Pour tincture into a container and label clearly and correctly

In vinegar or vegetable glycerine

Repeat procedure above noting the following:

  • May have to be left to stand for two weeks up to a month depending on the type of herb
  • Shake approximately every 24hrs

After straining the liquid, it may have to be left to stand again for up to two more weeks to be fully prepared.

Tea Bags

Tea bags are dipped in hot water and used as infusions or teas or placed directly on an affected area.

tea-bag

Procedure

  • Place powdered or finely cut dried herbs in small cloth bags made of gauze or pelon.
  • Seal bags and use as necessary
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