Making home remedies is really simple and effective, there are different ways in which remedies can be prepared and many methods are available in all health stores. There are thousands of home remedies and almost all parts of the plants can be used for health or healing, plus they can be combined to obtain different results. The process of preparing herbs is not complex but if not done properly can result in a ineffective preparation.
Making Home Remedies for Internal Use: GLYCERITES
Some preparations are made with a base of alcohol to extracts the ingredients, glycerites are thick liquids that are alcohol free in which glycerin is used instead of alcohol. This is a great way of treating children because glycerites are sweet making it easy for the parent to introduce to the child, also glycerites do not affect blood sugar levels making them perfect for people with diabetes. Glycerin is used in our daily life, foods like frosting and baked goods contain glycerin, It can be obtained from pharmacies. An average dose of glycerites is about 25 to 30 drops, they are not as potent as tinctures but they should be diluted in water or juices, using them directly can irritate the mouth. To make a glycerite use the following:
1 ounce of herbs. 6 ounces glycerin. 4 ounce distilled water.
Chop herbs in a blender and place them in a dark glass jar. Mix the glycerin and water and add it to the herbs, close the jar tightly and store at room temperature for 2 weeks. Shake container every day to move ingredients around. Strain the herb pulp and store in a cool and dark place. A glycerite can last for 2 years.
Making Home Remedies in PILLS Form
If you have no problems using pills, capsules or tablets this is the easiest way of taking herbs, specially those that are bitter, or spicy. The herb is dried, powdered, process and ether compress into a pill of places in capsules made of gelatin. The pills and capsules dissolve in the stomach and release the ingredients into the bloodstream. Empty capsules can be obtain from health stores, that way you can combine your own herbs if you can’t get the mixture you are looking for. A pill, capsule or tablet is the equivalent to half a cup of tea.
Making Home Remedies in SYRUP Form
A syrup is a tincture, liquid extract, glycerite, or even a tea with enough honey, glycerin, fruit syrup or molasses to thicken its consistency. Since they contain sugar, syrups can be a problem for people suffering of diabetes also children under two years of age can not eat honey. A syrup makes a great remedy for sore throat, cough, colds or flu, it coats the membranes soothing and protecting. To make a syrup formula use the following:
6 tbsp. of herbs. 1 pint of water. 4 ounces of glycerin. 1 ounce fruit syrup or honey (don’t use honey for children less then 2 years of age).
Boil herbs and water, remove from heat and let it steep for 45 minutes, filter and place the liquid again on the stove and simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat. Take one cup of liquid and add glycerin and fruit syrup or honey while the liquid still hot. Store in the refrigerator it will last for 6 months.
Teas are the easiest and cheapest way of preparing herbs, plus some herbs act better and quicker when taken with hot water. The only drawback of drinking tea is that some herbs really taste bad. It only cost a few cents per dose and some herb combinations give great relief and fast. There are three different ways of preparing a tea: infusions are made by pouring hot or boiling water on the herbs and steeping for a period of time usually 20 to 45 minutes, commercially prepared tea bags are grounded fine to make tea faster, in about 5 minutes. Decoctions are prepared by simmering the herbs for 30 minutes or longer, the herbs use in decoctions are usually barks and roots. The high temperature over a long period of time releases more properties from thick barks and roots, remember to keep the heat low and cover the saucepan in order to keep the essential oils inside and to avoid too much evaporation. Cold infusions are made by placing herbs in cold water and letting them sit for about 8 hours, this method is used when the herbs are sensitive to heat or loose their essential oil when heated.
Making Home Remedies in the Form of VINEGAR
The process of making herbal vinegar is similar to the one use to prepare tinctures, but in the first one vinegar is used to get the properties of the herb instead of alcohol. Vinegar herbs are not as potent as tincture but they do not contain alcohol and they can be used in meals such as salads which makes them easy to drink. TIP: Vinegar damages tooth enamel, make sure you rinse your mouth with water after drinking it. To make a vinegar formula use the following:
1 ounce fresh or dried herbs. 5 ounces vinegar (any kind).
Chop herbs in a blender and put them in a dark glass jar. Cover the herbs with vinegar, make sure they are completely submerged. Close jar tightly and store in a dark, dry and cool place for 2 weeks at room temperature. Shake the jar every day enough to move the herbs and liquid around. After 2 weeks filter the herb pulp and store in a cool place. A tincture can last for more then 2 years.
Making Home Remedies for External Use:
Making Home Remedies in the form of BODY OILS
Body oils are made from essential oils and are used for massage of injuries such as muscles, burns, bruises etc. They are a good alternative for children that refuse to take herbs orally. Body oils are also used for skin conditions, and skin care specially facial treatments, although they take longer to act they are a good supplement to other remedies.
Making Home Remedies in the form of COMPRESS
A compress is made by soaking a towel, cotton cloth, or cotton in a strong herbal tea, tincture, essential oil, glycerites then is placed on the skin. Is a great way of treating headaches, muscle injuries, burns, infections, fibroids, bruises, sore throats and any other condition that requires increase circulation to the affected area.
Making Home Remedies in the form of POULTICE
A poultice is made by placing herbs on the injured area, the most effective way of making a poultice is by grinding or blending the herbs to a find powder sometime the final result is a sticky paste that can be spread on the skin, if the herbs are too dried a few drops of water added can help obtain the desired consistency. To make a stronger poultice tinctures, glycerates, or essential oils can be used instead of water. A poultice can also be wrapped in order to keep heat or moist in. To make a poultice use the following:
1 handful of herbs. 4 ounces of water.
Blend all ingredients until the consistency resembles a thick slurry. Place the poultice on the affected area and wrap with a gauze. Keep it in place for 1 hour. A poultice can be place in a ice cube tray and freezed. Store the cubes in a plastic bag and thaw out when needed.
Making Home Remedies in the form of SALVE
A salve is a herbal oil, but thicker is very useful in cases of, cuts, scrapes, rashes, swelling, infections, poison ivy and poison oak or any skin condition with the exception of burns it recommended not to use oily substances on burns because it keeps the heat in and cause more pain. A very popular salve is olive oil which has many healing properties.