Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

To answer your basic questions, we'll post them here so you can learn more about Western Herbal Medicine.  Click Here to send us a question!

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Buckwheat

Buckwheat is not only nourishing to people (buckwheat pancakes), but it is also nourishing to the earth.

St. John's wort

St. John's Wort is not only good for "nervous" conditions, such as depression, but also for nerves themselves, and helps treat disorders from migraines to shingles.

Reishi and Chickweed

Reishi is a mushroom, and like all mushrooms it is nature's vacuum cleaner, cleaning toxins from the earth and from us.

Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri)

Water hyssop is a cerebral stimulant, helping clear the mind and increase brain function.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush contributes to the health of our environment by attracting and sustaining butterflies, one of our most important pollinators.

Weeping Willow

While not the most medicinal willow, it is the most beautiful.  Willows are the genus Salix, from which comes salicylic acid, the chemical constituent of aspirin.

Dogbane

Dogbane is the toxic look-alike to milkweed, the only plant that Monarch Butterfly caterpillars feast on their way to becoming butterflies.

Horsetail

Horsetail is one of our best herbs for minerals; it feeds us and our gardens.

Red Clover

Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Photo taken by Radford Davis, 2010, RadfordDavis.com

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are all herbs food?
  2. What is a "simple"?
  3. What is a "tincture"?

Are all herbs food?

  • No, however, most plant foods are herbs. The "spices" we use in cooking are considered "kitchen herbs" and are generally safe for long-term use and in higher doses. There are other herbs less commonly used (or used in different cultures) that also fall under this classification of "kitchen herbs." There are medicinal herbs that must be used under the direction of a trained Herbalist, and are used for specific conditions in low doses or for short-term treatment courses.
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What is a "simple"?

  • A simple is an herbal tincture that only contains one herb. Many tinctures contain a combination of herbs that work together to treat a specific condition or disease.
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What is a "tincture"?

  • A tincture is a way to prepare herbs by extracting the chemical constituents or medical properties into a liquid base other than water. The most common liquid (called a "menstruum") used is drinking alcohol. Other menstruums include vinegar and vegetable glycerin.
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...it is very important to keep in mind that these herbs are drugs: herbal MEDICINE... 

All in all, herbal medicine is wonderful when it is used correctly and safely. 

We need to keep in mind it is medicine...