-- NEVER use any wild herb that you are not absolutely
sure of, either in efficacy or identification. If you cannot be
sure that you have the right plant, do not take the chance. Purchase
it from a reputable herb dealer.
Please be very judicious about collecting herbs in the wild. Many
herbs that are wild-crafted are being harvested out of existence.
It is better to buy from certified growers as these herbs have been
specifically planted for harvest. They are a renewable resource.
Once wild herbs are gone, they are gone.
2. Do not use aluminum
utensils when preparing herbs. Aluminum combines easily with certain
mixtures and it is just a better idea to avoid it. Stainless steel,
glass, or enamel pots are recommended. The same care should be extended
to spoons, knives, sieves, etc.
3. Insure that all utensils
are scrupulously clean. If the preparations are to be stored for
any period of time, it is best if all items are sterilized prior
to use. This is especially true for creams, lotions, salves and
syrups as these can develop mold if improperly packaged. Remember
- you are creating medicine.
4. If using water, use
the purest water that you have available. Bottled or mineral water
are best. Hard water with a high mineral content can interfere with
absorption of certain ingredients.
5. Do not exceed the
amount of herb called for when preparing a remedy. NOTE:
This is also true when administering dosages. More is not
always better. Never use more than the recommended amount.
6. Use the best herbs
you can find. These should have been correctly harvested and stored
properly. You can't expect a good outcome when using an inferior
7. If you're not sure,
don't! Check with your health care provider for specific information
8. The directions for
the various methods of preparation that follow are general instructions.
Not all herbs are created the same. If the specific herb requires
different handling, quantities or dosages, this will be noted on
the herb's page.