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Beginers Guid to Herbalism

Beginers Guid to Herbalism

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Herbs, Flowers and Trees
 
 
A Beginners Guide to Herbalism
Advice to the Beginning Herbalism Student:Herbalism, like midwifery skills, is one of the oldest parts of teaching within thecraft, but is also one where we have lost a huge amount of information and wherescience has yet to catch up. Every pagan culture has utilized the herbalism of itsparticular region, and I have found no one source or teacher who could possiblyknow about every herb that grows on the Earth. Yet today we have the opportunityto perhaps achieve this within a lifespan or two, using the electronic communicationsat our fingertips. Science is now slowly beginning to learn the importance of thenatural herbs in healing, but they will take centuries to figure it all out because of theway they go about things, unless nudged.The first step in herbalism is to gather the tools you will need, and that is the mainpoint of this first message. I have found the following useful and in many cases vitalto learn and practice the use of herbs.A Good mortar and Pestle, one of stone or metal is preferred. If wood is used you willneed two, one for inedibles and one for edibles - make sure they do not lookidentical, as you do not want to accidentally poison anyone!Containers: Although you can buy dried herbs over the counter in many places thesedays, do not store them in the plastic bags they come in, as these are usually neither reusable nor perfectly airtight. Rubbermaid style plastic containers are good, butexpensive. I have used glass coffee and spice jars/bottles to good effect, as well as somemedicine bottles. The more you recycle the better ecologically, just make sure theyhave been thoroughly washed and dried before placing anything inside them.Labels: This is vital! None of us in this day and age can possibly recognize each herbin its various forms simply by sight. Always label your containers as you fill them,and if possible date them when they were filled so you don't keep spoiled stock onthe shelf.A Tea Ball: A good metal tea ball of the single cup size can be very useful in the longrun when your are experimenting, and when you are making single person doses of teas and tonics.Cheesecloth: Useful for straining a partially liquid mixture and occasionally for the
 
 
making of sachets.A Good Sized Tea Kettle: preferably one that will hold at least a quart of water.A Good Teapot: for simmering mixtures. I use one from a Chinese import store thathas done me well.A good cutting board and a sharpsharpsharpsharp cutting knife, for just herbal work.A notebook, of some sort to record the information in as you go, both successes andfailures. Always record anything new you try that may or may not work, and also andresearch information you get from various sources.An eyedropper.White linen-style bandages: Some ace bandages are also useful in the long run.A metal brazier, of some sort, or a metal container that can withstand heavy usageand heat from within or without, useful for several things including the making of your own incenses.Reference sources, Shortly you should see a list of books that I have read from in thepast that I consider useful, build from this as a starting point to others and to your teachers help.That’s it to start, you'll pick the rest up as you go. Take your time studying, take lotsof notes, compare your sources and your own personal results on each herb and onherbal mixtures of any kind.Herbs IndoorsHerbs IndoorsHerbs IndoorsHerbs IndoorsMany herbs will grow well in pots on sunny windowsills, in window boxes, hangingbaskets and in tubs or barrels in a sun room or on a balcony. There should even beenough space on one large, south-facing windowsill to grow a selection of the basicflavoring herbs or a row of scented herbs that can be used for making tisanes. If youhave a sun room or baloney, then four tubs planted with mixed annuals andperennials and a good proportion of evergreen herbs for winter picking could providemost of the fresh herbs needed by a small household, as well as being decorative andsweetly scented.Light and Temperature

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