Have a cup of tea …
The easiest way to use herbs, is to make yourself a cup of tea.
Take 1 teaspoon of herb per cup and brew boiling water on it. Cover the cup/ pot with with a plate, to keep the aroma and heat in the cup.
Let is stay for 10 to 15 minutes ( only for herbal tea not for white, green or black tea) and pass it through a tea strainer.
Enjoy your cup of tea with consciounsness and awareness, smell it and enjoy it with all your senses. Maybe you also like to be thankful, that nature gives us all these wonderful plants that can help us.
Try to find loose herbs for tea, not herbs that are pressed in a tea bag. You can use a tea filter bag, so that the herb can spread itself in the hot water in your teacup or teapot.
I also recommend herbs from organic agriculture or wild growing herbs that have been picked respectfully or at least herbs that are tested for beeing pesticide-free.
Duration of herbal tea treatment
Please notice, a herbal tea is also medicine!
For acute symptoms you can drink a herbal tea 3 times a day for about 3- 5 day. If you have severe symptoms or symptoms that don t go away, please see a doctor or naturopath for medical advice.
If you have chronic symptoms or want to support a health condition of yours with medical herbs, you can drink 1 cup of tea 1- 3 times a day. You follow this herbal treatment for 4- 6 weeks and than take a break for 4 weeks and if you still need more, start again with the herbal treatment.
Like this you give your body a break from the same herbal medicine, so your system doesn`t get used to it.
This is a general information. Some herbs should not to be taken for such a long time, like Thyme or Chamomille. If I describe some of these short-term herbs, I will let you know how long or short you can take them.
This is my advice for self-help. In my herbal practice I can control the effects of a herbal recipe on a person and also change the herbs after a while and if needed. A medical herbalist can help you, if you want to treat yourself with herbs for a long time and for a chronic condition.
Other ways of using medical herbs:
Tinctures, homeopathy,ready-made herbal remedies, etc.
People always had a lot of ideas and found different ways on how to get the healing ingredients from a plant into a form that we can use.
There are tinctures, where the dry or fresh herb is put into alcohol for some weeks, to extract the ingredients .
There is homeopathy where through potentiation the energy of the plant is “released and catched” into a homeopathic medicine.
There are fluids, ready to take herbal medicine in capsules, pills, creams, etc…
There is the spagyric medicine, inspired by Alchemy, with spagyric herbal medicine to get the outmost of a plant “into a bottle”.
There are essential oils, the aromatic essence of a plant.
There is even the huge pharmaindustry who tries to isolate just one ingredient of a plant and sell it in pills.
And so on. and so on.
I will refer here to taking herbs in form of tea. That is the easiest way, one of the oldest ways and it`s the most safe way, especially when using herbs for self-help.
You cannot take every plant and make a tea out of it for health benefits. But most of the medical plants, release most of their healing ingredients into the hot water.