Book Review: The Healing Herbs
There are a lot of people that don’t belive that herbs can prevent or cure many diseases. They prefer to poison themselves with pharmaceutical drugs but I do believe in the healing powers of plants. This amazing book describes the curative powers of 100 herbs and it also has a guide on how to store and prepare them.
Healing herbs are used as infusions, decoctions, ointments, compresses, tinctures and in capsule form.
Infusions are “prepared like tea, but they are steeped longer so they become considerably stronger.”
Decoctions are extracts made from roots and barks. You gently need to simmer the dried herbs in boiling water for 20 minutes.
Tinctures “are extracts made with alcohol. Those who don’t drink alcohol can make tinctures using warm vinegar (wine or cider vinegar).”
Even if we don’t realize it we are using a lot of these herbs everyday: basil, bay, clove, dill, parsley, rosemary, saffron, turmeric and many more.