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HERBS; Medicinal, Magical & Metaphysical

The study of herbs could take many lifetimes and there are a lot of sub categories and "herbal adjacent" things to study besides how they heal physically. As with life itself, the physical, mental and spiritual can all be healed and enhanced using herbs and there are a wide variety of ways, from teas and tinctures to Rootwork in the Hoodoo or in the Gypsy tradition and even to the use of entheogens, to explore.\r\nThis zone is meant to be open to ALL of those avenues of study and discussion.\r\nDISCLAIMER\r\nNone of the information presented here is meant to replace medical treatment. Only use herbs as medicine if you know what you are doing, not if you just THINK you know what you’re doing, if you’re wrong there can be negative side effects. Improper use of herbs, just as improper use of prescription drugs, can harm or kill. Remember, natural doesn't always mean safe.\r\nCross reference at least three reliable sources of information before taking an herb. Be sure about dosage and...
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MEDICINAL HERBS: Herbal Capsules

    MEDICINAL HERBS: Herbal Capsules

    It used to be the only kind of capsules one could get were gelatin, animal product. These days vegetarian capsules are available too. There are three main reasons to take herbs in capsule form cited in Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, they are:

    • When the herbs are to be taken in small amounts; one-half to three grams at a time.
    • When the herbs are bitter tasting or mucilaginous.
    • When the herbs are to be taken over a long period of time.

    For best absorption by the body it's good to take them with a meal or with a cup of water or herbal tea. It's also important that the herbs are powdered. Some are lighter and will powder in a coffee grinder, some you may have to purchase powdered, they have to be powdered finely enough to be absorbed by the body properly.

    To make the capsules just blend the herbs together in a bowl and then fill both sides of the capsule with the powdered herbs. When both sides are filled, push them together.

    It isn't a good idea to use capsules for mild herbs since the dose required would be difficult to take in such small quantities. Of course, some mucilaginous herbs are the exception to that rule since capsules are the best way to take them. Bear in mind that mixing mild herbs with potent ones can diminish the potency of the strong herbs and the mild herbs will not present in sufficient quantity to be effective.

    There are a lot of variables to consider when taking into account potency and quantity and dosage, among other things. Much also depends on the ailment being treated and the herbs, such as whether they are root, bark , leaf or flower.