Posted on Oct 21, 2014 | 0 comments

How to Harvest Healing Herbs

Making herbal remedies from the herbs you have grown in pots can be fun, easy and economical. It is best to pick your herbs first thing in the morning so that they’re as fresh as possible. Choose the healthiest-looking parts of the plant, wash them under cold water, remove soil and old leaves and pat them dry.

Healing at Your Fingertips

There are many ways you can take herbs, to benefit from their healing actions. The easiest way is in food and drink, which many people do by taking culinary herbs and herbal teas, often without realizing their medicinal action.

Salads with basil, coriander leaves, rocket and parsley, vinaigrette with garlic, fish with dill or sorrel, new potatoes with fresh mint, casseroles with bay leaves and pizza with oregano are all very familiar. Once your food is absorbed, the nutrients and therapeutic constituents of the herbs enter the bloodstream and then circulate around the body. Your favourite culinary herbs all contain volatile oils that lend their wonderful flavours and scents. These oils have anti-microbial properties, helping to fight off a wide variety of infections. You can also prepare a choice of different herbal preparations including tinctures, syrups, capsules and honeys. Another way is to make preparations to apply to the skin, which is very absorbent and covers a large surface area. Tiny capillaries take the medicinal compounds in the herbs into the bloodstream and to the body. You can use infusions as hand and foot baths, massage oils into the skin, apply tincture-based rubbing lotions and ointments, creams, compresses and poultices. In addition, fresh herbs can be applied directly, such as aloe vera gel to soothe a sting or lavender flowers to staunch bleeding from minor cuts and abrasions and to relieve minor burns.





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