Holistic Healing Minute

with Nicole Lanning


How To Work With Medicinal Remedies

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Pharmaceuticals drugs these days are getting more expensive and knowing how to work with medicinal remedies can be very beneficial. Aside from being less costly, medicinal plants have healing properties tested by time. They’re safe and can be available almost everywhere. Many drugs for curing illnesses are out there but having the same effectiveness, medicinal plants result to great health wonders.


Medicinal remedies come in many forms. Some are in the form of (1) Infusion which is the most basic mean of taking away the healing components plants for medicinal purposes. This is done by soaking/suspending the plants or its parts into water for a long period of time. This will make extracts into a ready-to-drink preparation where active components for healing are already extracted.


Next are (2) Decoctions which are made when infusion cannot suffice. When minimal or no extraction of healing properties can be applied on some herbs. After cutting into pieces, it is best to shortly boil or simmer them in a covered pot or pan. Another form are (3) Tinctures. They are basically medicinal plants and herbs in alcohol. Because alcohol is an excellent solvent, it is highly capable of extracting essential components from plants and herbs. It takes a lot of precautionary measures and knowledge to make herbal tinctures since not all kinds of alcohol can be used in the process.


As it is with many pharmaceutical drugs, herbal medicines also comes in the form of (4) syrups. This is great for medicinal plants are to be introduced to children because the taste can be altered into a more tolerable one. Sweeteners like fruit extracts, honey and sugar are used to make the infused/decoctions taste better but still have the healing properties preserved.


Medicinal plants in topical (applied directly on skin) medications are common these days. Oils for example may be (5) infused or (6) essential. Infused oils are easy to find in local or nearby market stores. Known to take a lot of time to make, infused oils are prepared by using oil instead of water where herbs are subdued in. The temperature of the infusion depends on how hard or soft the plants or its parts are. On the other hand, essential oils are the oils of which they were derived from—mostly aromatic ones. They are called so because they are mixed with essence which are actually scents from the plant itself. Among the processes that essential oils undergo, distillation is the most common.


Other types in the topical category are the (7) ointments and  (8 creams. Ointments are mixtures of medical plants infused in appropriate bases like wax or jelly. Its thickness can act as a protective layer to prevent foreign microorganisms to penetrate the affected area like wounds. Creams are partly emulsified to prevent the separation of water and oil. They work best on protecting the skin like ointments, can be for cleansing and can even lock moisture in the skin while letting it breathe.


Whatever the form of medicinal plants one chooses, asking for a professional’s advice and prescription must not be forgotten. All can benefit a patient with the right amount and consistency of usage. After all, they are all from Nature’s finest. Learn more about how to work with medicinal remedies by incorporating them into your life today!



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