In order to use fresh or dried cut herbs for health or medicinal purposes, it is vital for every herbalist to know how to prepare herbs for medicinal use and to gain knowledge in how to utilize herbal preparations.
An infusion, or tea, is one of the most powerful herbal preparations. This is because in tea form, the body does not have to work to absorb its nutritional and medicinal properties. When a herbal infusion is ingested it can be directly assimilated into the body and immediately go to work where it is needed. It is critical that every herbalist knows how to prepare a herbal infusion.
Here’s the scenario – you visit the doctor with all the signs and symptoms: the low grade fever, the raw throat making it hard to swallow; the throat is very red, maybe with some white patches. The doctor assures you the strep culture results will come in within a day or two but in the meantime wants you to start on antibiotics, just to be on the safe side. Sound familiar?
Ask most any herbalist what type herbal preservation method is their favorite and without a doubt, they will say the tincture. Anyone who is truly serious about working with herbs as a healing aid should definitely learn to make an herbal tincture.
Growing your own garden of herbs or wildcrafting (harvesting herbs from the wild) can be a wonderfully satisfying activity. Not only this but using herbs you have grown or gathered yourself to create medicines and treatments for your family gives a sense of empowerment and achievement.