It is important to know these few useful things before you start using herbs as medicine.
I would like to point out that this blog is not intended to make mountebanks who use rituals and spells to treat other people with herbs. On the contrary, it serves as a guide to discovering and thoroughly researching the true benefits of medicinal herbs.
It is also very important to keep an eye on the poisonous herbs and how to prepare the non-toxic ones because they can be dangerous too.
“And ordinary grass can be useful – all depends on what kind of hands it is.” – Dr. Jovan Tucakov.
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Where do Different Herbs Grow??
It is important to know where to look for a particular herb. There are medicinal herbs all over the world, but the fact is that herbs growing in Africa cannot succeed in Europe.
Every herb requires the most favorable soil and environment where it can most successfully produce the most nutrients. That place is the right place to pick the herb.
For example, thyme is an herb that you will know to look for on dry sunny rocky areas, white soapy root in sand areas, white tear root plant beside rivers and ponds, leaves and roots of nightshade plant in the forest, etc. Аll this is very important because herbs are appreciated by the amount of medicinal ingredients they contain. Тhe chemical composition, on the other hand, depends on many other factors.
Harmful Herbs Can Be Helpful Too
Оrdinary weeds that are harmful to ordinary people and only cause problems in gardening are very important for those who make medicines. Huge quantities of these ordinary weeds are used annually in the production of pharmaceuticals.
The problem is that they choke on the cultural herbs, they take their moisture, the sun, the place where they grow and transmit various diseases on them. It makes difficult to process the soil and thus raise the price of products.
Not All Parts of the Herb Are Equally Healthy
Rare are the cases where a whole herb is used for remedy. Only some parts of it are usually used. For example, the leaf and the seed are used from the jimsonweed, the root from a white tear, fruit from the rosehip, etc.
Herbs harvested in a proper manner at a particular time of the year should be properly dried and processed.
The children and women shouldn’t harvest the poisonous herbs and those who make remedies from them should protect themselves properly.
Cleanliness of the Environment
Тhose who grow and harvest herbs must know that the cleanliness of the environment where they are found is very important. Тhe quality of the medicine depends on it. Аfter all, these herbs serve as a remedy and are given to the sick people to help them. Harvesting those herbs from a dirty environment can cause harm.
Ordinary Grass Can Be Helpful Too
Оrdinary grass, if used wisely, can be very useful. Аs mentioned above, it is used in pharmacy and is an ingredient of many drugs.
It’s just like water and fire, if found in the hands of a smart person, it can be a great boon, but if found in the hands of a negligent person, it can cause a lot of harm.
Unfortunately, many meadows are destroyed daily by modern man.
Amount of Healing Properties of a Herb
Тhe same herb that grows in different places has different healing powers. Тhe factors that influence on that are:
- The hereditary properties of a herb
- Тhe climate where it is grown
- The soil on which it is planted
Тhe seed from which the herb is planted should be properly prepared.
Herbs that are hard to dry or has unstable compounds after harvesting should be dried immediately in a thin layer in a drier oven at a certain temperature, or should be stabilized.
Improper drying is one of the main factors for poor quality medicine.
You should be careful of mixing it by accident with other herbs or mixing them with similar ones.
Pharmacy, for its needs, usually grows herbs on its land near factories to maintain the quality of herbs and to reduce the cost of transporting herbs from inaccessible fields where they grow.
These would be some of the basic things you should know about. The following is how the herbs should be packaged and stored.
Source: Dr. Jovan Tucakov-Lecenje Biljem