Types of herbal medicine you can make at home and their purpose

The benefits and uses of each approach.

-Shelbi Miller


Today I will be talking about:

-Alcohol-based herbal tinctures

-Herbal infused oil

-Herbal powder/capsules

-Herbal infused salves

-Herbal tea


Alcohol based tinctures - uses

  • Put into your drink - juices, water, coffee, tea

  • Put directly into mouth, hold for a few seconds and rise down with liquid to get rid of bitter taste

  • Used to manage physical symptoms within the body

  • Used to optimize overall health

  • Different herbal compounds or blends can be used according to the ailment you are trying to treat.

  • Example: Use a lemon balm, willow bark, rosemary and valerian herbal tincture blend to sooth headache or migraine


Herbal infused oil

  • Use for body oiling - Ayurveda practice

  • Can be used for culinary purposes

  • Massage oil

  • Hair oil to stimulate growth

  • Rash treatment

  • Can be used as an ingredient to make skin care products, lotions, salves, body wash, soaps ect.

  • Sunburn treatment


Herbal powder - finely ground up herb(s)

  • Combine different herbs to make a blend or use one herb

to mix and match as you find new recipes.

  • Addition to smoothies

  • Make into your own capsules

  • Made into a poultice for cleansing wounds

  • Made into paste to treat certain skin problems

  • Add to your bath scrub

  • Made into a tea - be sure to keep stirring and drink the "mud" for full benefits


Herbal capsules - finely ground up herb in capsule form

  • Beneficial for specific herbs that need to reach your lower digestive track.

  • Beneficial if you do not enjoy the taste of herbs

  • Beneficial for travelling or planed dosing


Herbal infused salves

  • First aid

  • Skin conditions

  • Beauty

  • Wounds

  • Pain relief




Herbal Tea - Loose leaf tea

  • Dried up herb(s)

  • Steeped

  • Similar to herbal tincture but the heat of the water extracts the medicinal compounds

  • Can be very soothing for stomach and digestion

  • Steeped tea can be used as a spray - ex. face spray, room spray, body spray.


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