Making Your Own Herbal Remedies
Making your own herbal remedies is something most people can do easily. You don’t necessarily have to start by growing your own herbs either, but that’s not difficult if you want to do things that way either. Many home made herbal remedies are created by buying dried herbs in bulk, or buying herbal gel caps and opening them up to mix the powdered herb with other ingredients.
If you want to grow your own herbs, this is an excellent way to make sure there are no harmful pesticides or other toxins used during their growth or preparation. Starting your own herbs from scratch will take some time of course though, so you won’t be able to make remedies immediately.
If you decide to grow your own herbs for making remedies, follow the growing instructions for the given herbs and plants you’ve chosen to cultivate. I’d strongly suggest using only organic compost for fertilizer, and using organic pest and weed control methods too. Before using your home grown herbs to create remedies though, it’s important you research which herbs must be dried before used, and which can be used fresh. Some herbs can also only be used in part too. In other words: Only the root will be used, or only the leaves will be used. Though rare, there are some herbs which can make you sick if used before they’re dried, so this is important to know when selecting which herbs you’ll grow.
Drying your herbs can be done in a few different ways, but the most common is to put them into a brown paper bag and hang them upside down in a cool, dark, dry area of your home such as the kitchen pantry or cellar if you have one.
If you don’t want to grow your own herbs, or you can’t wait for them to grow large enough to make remedies with, you can order dried herbs in bulk online. Some larger cities also have local stores where you can buy dried herbs as well. When you buy dried herbs, be sure to buy empty gel caps as well, so you can make easy to take capsule mixtures for your custom remedies.
If you wanted to make a powerhouse infection remedy of your own for instance, you might buy dried and ground Goldenseal, Echinacea, Garlic and Cayenne. Then mix equal parts of Goldenseal and Echinacea together and fill the gel caps, or mix the Garlic and Cayenne together and fill the gel caps. You could add all four of the ingredients together if you wanted to as well, and fill gelcaps with that mixture too. Just take equal parts of each herb – unless you want a different combination strength for specific reasons – then fill your empty gel caps with your mixture.
An easy way to make herbal infection fighting remedies is to simply buy some fresh Cayenne and Garlic, and a dehydrator. Chop the herbs up and put them in to dry for awhile, then crush them up into finer grind, or use a blender to chop them up into smaller pieces, then load them into your gel caps.
Making salves is done in very much the same way. You can buy the ready packed gel caps and open them up to shake out the powdered herb, or you can buy dried and ground herbs in bulk. Mix your desired herbs with either petroleum jelly, pure aloe vera juice, or mineral water, then store them in a tightly sealed container.