Friday, June 15, 2012

Daily Herb-o-Scope - What do you think?

Hi Everyone! It has been 4 weeks since I decided to start blogging and I couldn't be happier with the results. Hopefully you are finding this information helpful or at least interesting. I would love to get some feedback from you, the reader. What do you think of my first month of blogging? Are there any topics you would like me to cover or herbs you would like to know more about? I am so excited to share my knowledge that sometimes I overlook important pieces to the puzzle. I would love some feedback. Thank you, the reader, for helping me to share this important information with the world. You are all a key ingredient in seeing my dreams come to fruition.


  1. Hey Kacie, I just found your blog yesterday when I was researching Comfrey, and I love it! I am just starting to get into growing my own herbs and using them for medicine, cooking etc. and your blog is pretty helpful. I am a little intimidated by the idea of making tinctures and extracts with the plants that I grow, and i dont know which ones you need to make a tincture to get the effect from... some in particular are St. John's wort or Valerian root. Could Simply brew these in a tea and get the same effectiveness? or do they NEED to be more processed? I would appreciete your insight on this topic, thanks!

    1. Alex,

      Thank you for your interest in The Verbal Herbal. It is exciting that you are growing your own medicine! To answer your question, you certainly could make teas out of your plants. Chinese medicine has been using this method for thousands of years. Focus on making infusions and decoctions.

      An infusion is made by pouring boiling water over the plant material. Cover, let it steep for no less than 10 minutes, strain and enjoy. This method is effective for flowers and leafs like St Johns Wort.

      A decoction is made by covering the plant material with cold water in a pot. Put the lid on, bring to a slow boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy. Decoctions are good for roots and barks like valerian root.

      Although infusions and decoctions have their place, don’t be intimidated by the process of making a tincture. If you use the folk method to make a tincture, it is easy to make. Tinctures also make it easy to store and ingest herbal remedies. I suggest getting “The herbal medicine-making handbook” by James Green. It describes lots of different herbal preparations and helps to take the guesswork out of herbal medicine making.

      I hope this has answered your questions. Let me know if I can help any further.

    2. That helps a lot Kacie thanks! I'll definitely take a look at that book!