Yesterday, I said that I would introduce the idea of "Simples". Using Simples is a good way to begin using herbal remedies. (Sometimes, this practice is also called "Simpling".)
The basic idea behind Simpling is that herbs grown locally are most suited to treat health problems which arise in that environment. It also uses only single herbs rather than more complex recipes or herbal formulae, hence the name "Simpling". The herbal remedies used in thus style of herbalism are also taken for extended periods of time.
The herbs used as Simples tend to be milder herbs which are extremely safe, because they are used in very large doses. Generally speaking, to prepare a Simple remedy, the amount of herb used is around 1-2 ounces per pint of water; the resulting brew is consumed up to three times daily, one half to one cup at a time.
As I said, this is a good way to become familiar with herbal remedies, because as you continue taking the herb, you can see the effect on yourself, physically and psychologically.
A rule of thumb in treating acute conditions (if you have just come down with a cold, that is an acute condition) is that you should see some results in three to five days. (If nothing changes, you need to try a different herbal remedy.) If you see improvement, you should continue taking the herbal preparation for several weeks, to allow the healing process to complete.
If you have a chronic condition (you have had symptoms for some time, such as a long term backache) Simples still may help, but the time frame is longer. A rule of thumb in chronic cases is one month for every year the problem has existed.
A few of the important Simples are Chamomile, Peppermint, Dandelion, Rosemary, and Burdock.
Tomorrow, I will begin discussing some of the uses for these herbs.
The material presented in this blog is for informational use only and should in no way be used as a substitute for needed medical treatment. I am not a doctor, I do not diagnose or treat disease. If you need medical care, please consult the appropriate medical professional. And please discuss with your doctor if you are taking or planning to take any herbal preparations.