How to Use Herbs

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Herbs can be used in many different forms – Infusions, Decoctions, Tinctures, Capsules, Infused Oils, Ointments, Creams, Compressions, Essential Oils, Floral Waters, Poultices, Juices, etc.

Herbal remedies can be taken internally and/or be applied externally. It is often advisable to treat complaints from the inside and outside simultaneously.

Aromatherapy, as a complementary therapy, forms an integral part of holistic healing. The fact that essential oils (for example) can be added to carrier oils, ointments, creams, gels, bath salts, sprays, etc. makes the application and use of aromatherapy extensive. Besides the myriad of medicinal benefits, it is lots of fun to experiment with different combinations of essential oils.

Two examples of holistic treatment:

Broken down immune system – Add Rosemary, Eucalyptus (or Ravensara) and Tea Tree essential oils to your warm bath. Drink Echinacea Tincture for a short period of time. Echinacea boosts from the inside, while the essential oils boost from the outside.

Sinusitis – Drink a combination of Echinacea, Thyme and Elder Flower Tinctures, while taking an immune-boosting bath and applying Sinus Gel (gel with Lavender, Ginger, Ravensara and Tea Tree essential oils) to feet and sinus areas. Again, you use herbal remedies internally and externally to treat the complaint. Instead of using tinctures, an infusion of Mullein, Ginger, Sage and Thyme can be taken regularly.

The next session will be on the preparation of remedies.

Karen Wolmarans


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