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How To Make An Infusion

How To Make An Infusion  How To Make An Infusion

Another word for infusion is tea. Infusions are used for drinking herbs as medicine, not as a thirst-quencher. To make an infusion, use the softer parts of the herb that grows above the ground (stems, leaves, flowers) that have been properly dried.  Usually one would use 1 to 3 teaspoons of the herb to 1 cup of water. You can't store infusions for very long, so it's best to use it right away.

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How To Make An Herbal First Aid Kit

How To Make An Herbal First Aid KitHow To Make An Herbal First Aid Kit

These remedies are much gentler on the system and equally as effective as the harsh synthetics you will find in most prepackaged first aid kits. Please remember that first aid is a stop gap measure! Get medical attention for any serious injuries immediately!

Herbal First Aid Kit

How To Make Herbal Remedies


To get the maximum benefit from herbal remedies, the herbs must be properly prepared. Most herbal remedies are easy to make using equipment that is already found in your kitchen. Use enamel, stainless steel, glass, pottery, or cast-iron utensils. Never use aluminum.

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How To Get Rid of Lice Naturally

How To Get Rid of Lice Naturally

Head Lice, also known as Pediculosis are common parasite which occurs in the hairs of children, especially girls. The adult louse measures about a pin head.  Lice are becoming resistant to neurotoxin and the neurotoxin does not kill the eggs. 

Achillea millefolium

A common meadow herb, with the country name 'nosebleed', yarrow is used in remedies or colds, hay fever and catarrh. As a diuretic, it can also be used for urinary problems and to counter fluid retention or to reduce blood pressure.

Parts used: Leaves, flowers, essential oil

Actions: Aerial parts/flowers: Astringent, diaphoretic, peripheral vasodilator, digestive stimulant, restorative for menstrual system, febrifuge. Essential oil: Anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antispasmodic

Used in: Infusions, tinctures, massage rubs

Cautions: A uterine stimulant, so avoid in pregnancy. The fresh plant can sometimes cause contact dermatitis and, rarely, may increase the skin's photosensitivity

Artemisia absinthum

A bitter herb that stimulates digestion, wormwood once formed the key flavouring in the alcoholic drink, absinthe, which was popular in the 19th century, although it has now been banned because of its toxicity. Fresh pressed juices and infusions are, however, quite safe to use. Wormwood can help to stimulate gastric function and to improve appetite.

Parts used: Aerial parts

Actions: Bitter digestive tonic, uterine stimulants, anthelmintics

Used in: Infusions, juices

Cautions: Wormwood contains thujone which is a toxic and addictive hallucinogen, so it should only be used for short periods. Avoid in pregnancy and if epileptic

Avena sativa

Oats have been used as a staple food in northern Europe for centuries. The plant is also a good nerve tonic and restorative, and more recently it has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Oatmeal is often used externally in skin remedies, while oat straw was a medieval remedy for rheumatism.

Parts used: Seeds, straw, bran whole unripe plant

Actions: Antidepressant, restorative nerve tonic, diaphoretic, nutritive; Oatbran is antithrombotic, and reduces cholesterol levels

Used in: Tinctures, porridge, poultices, juice, tablets

Stachys officinalis

Although held in high regard by the Anglo-Saxons, who had some 29 medicinal uses for the plant, wood betony has now largely fallen out of fashion. However, it is an excellent remedy for headaches and nervous upsets, is useful for liver and respiratory disorders, and it also makes a pleasant tisane for everyday drinking.

Parts used: Aerial parts

Actions: Sedative, bitter digestive remedy, nervine, circulatory tonic particularly for cerebral circulation, astringent

Used in: Infusions, tinctures, poultices, mouthwashes and gargles, tonic wines

Cautions: Avoid in pregnancy except during labour

Verbena officinalis

Vervain was a sacred herb to both Romans and Druids and continued to be associated with magic and fortune-telling until well into the 17th century. Today it is valued as a useful nervine and liver tonic. It is bitter and stimulating for the digestion and makes an ideal tonic in convalescence and when debilitated. Used externally it can ease the pain of neuralgia.

Parts used: Aerial parts

Actions: Relaxant tonic, stimulates milk production, diaphoretic, nervine, sedative, antispasmodic, hepatic restorative, laxative, uterine stimulant, bile stimulant

Used in: Tinctures, infusions, poultices, compresses

Cautions: Avoid in pregnancy, although it can be taken in labour to stimulate contractions