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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: Liniments

    Liniments are herbal extracts that are rubbed into the skin over areas of soreness caused by strained muscles and ligaments.  They also help with inflammation and arthritis. Generally they will include some combination of herbs that stimulate to get the blood moving, antispasmodic herbs and aromatic herbs to penetrate into the muscles and increase circulation.

    One can make a liniment by placing 4oz of dried herbs or double that if they are bruised, fresh herbs. Add 1 pint of vinegar, alcohol or massage oil and allow to extract. Shake the bottle a few times a day for three days if you used powdered herbs and fifteen if you used herbs that were whole or cut.

    There are so many varieties of ways to make liniment it could fill volumes, the best way to make one that works best for you is experimentation.