This comprehensive, full-color guide to making and using approximately 250 herbal medicines provides instructions for everything from harvesting to administering low-cost DIY remedies. Readers who appreciate the health-giving properties of herbal medicines but are discouraged by the high price of commercial products can now make their own preparations for a fraction of the cost. This book thoroughly covers fresh and bulk dried herbs, capsules, extracts in water, alcohol, glycerine, vinegar, and oil; and preparations like essential oils and flower essences.
The authors expertly explain why some preparations of the same herb will obtain better results than others and how capsules, teas, tinctures, or glycerites of the same plant will not have exactly the same effect so that you can choose the appropriate method for the effect you desire. In addition to providing instructions on how to prepare single herbs, they lay out the principles of herbal formulation, a topic that has been largely ignored in other references. More comprehensive than any other guide, thoroughly researched, and presented with ease of use in mind, this book is an excellent reference for those who want to produce all the herbal remedies they need- and to save money in the process.