Herbalist's Apothecary

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#1 Post by Zayantegirl » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:34 pm

This is from a popular post I did on Facebook about an herbalist's apothecary.

Some asked about herbal apothecary books. I found an excellent link to 122 books. I have many of them.
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/135 ... lism_Books

ie; Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide

Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

Making Plant Medicine
by Richo Cech

Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

The School of Natural Healing: The Reference Volume on Natural Herbs for the Teacher, Student or Herbal Practitioner
by John R. Christopher

The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants
by Matthew Wood

The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism: Basic Doctrine, Energetics, and Classification
by Matthew Wood

Here are a couple of links for organic herb suppliers. (you may have to copy and paste, until this dinosaur learns how to use this tools on this forum)


http://www.pacificbotanicals.com/store/ This site requires buying a minimum amount. It is good for really stocking up and making larger amounts of your herbal medicinals. I have used them for about 17 years. They are excellent.

Courses in herbalism

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/resou ... -education


https://planetherbs.com/herbal-courses/ ... st-course/ This is by Michael and Lesley Tierra. They are excellent. I have had one of their books for close to 20 years.

https://www.americanherbalistsguild.com ... _education

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#2 Post by JCarroll » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:24 am

Nice resource. Thank you!

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#3 Post by millievanilla88 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:20 pm

Thank you for this, I have a small collection of encyclopedias/books on medicanal uses of plants. It will be interesting to see if there are any more I can get from this list that are relevant to the area I live in.

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#4 Post by Copperhead » Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:46 am

Here is a youtube I recently did on wild lettuce tincture. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8MFRQ4SQOaE

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#5 Post by Elew » Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:08 pm

Very nice list!

I tend to look things up in David Hoffmann's books the most.

Holistic Herbal is probably my main go to
https://www.amazon.com/HOLISTIC-HERBAL- ... 0905249607

Medical Herbalism
Principles and Practices
https://www.booktopia.com.au/medical-he ... 17498.html
https://www.amazon.com/Medical-Herbalis ... d+hoffmann

Another great book to have on hand is The Anatomy Coloring Book
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-an ... 1125545034
https://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Coloring ... th+edition

And one more source for good quality bulk supplies
Their shipping can be high sometimes, but I sill get some things there

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#6 Post by Elew » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:23 am

Elderberry Syrup, the basic recipe

Gather berries, then clean out stems and any leaves. Rinse well. I tend to put a mesh strainer in a big bowl in the sink, then fill it up and gently stir the berries some. Then I can just pick up the strainer to drain.

Put them in a pot and mash them up a bit, and add a water to cover (or a bit less, you want them to cook but they don't have a ton of juice so you need enough water)...cover the pot and bring them to a good simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and let cool.

Once they are cool, line the strainer with a muslin cloth or tight weave cheese cloth (t-shirts work too ;), and strain into a smaller pot.

A simple syrup is made by pouring 1 pint of water or juice over 2.5 lb sugar. Mix well, bring it to a boil stirring all the while, then remove from heat. As it cools this will thicken into a nice syrup.

When I substitute the sugar for honey, bringing it to a boil will not create the syrup as sugar does...so we have to let it reduce. Bring it to a boil, then turn the heat down and allow it to gently simmer until it becomes slightly syrup like...then take it off the heat and pour into the jars to cool.

Bceremony adds molasses, and cinnamon, and ginger...which sounds so good I will be trying it this fall :)

Once it is cool, you can add in tinctures as well...so think Echinacea/elderberry syrup, goldenseal/elderberry...the sky is the limit

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#7 Post by Farside » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:21 pm

Last year I did a bit of reading up on the neurogenerative effects of lion's mane mushrooms. I have a friend who has nerve damage from diabetes, and he has found that taking the extract has made a real effect in helping his body heal.

I have nerve damage from a spinal injury and can't feel some of my toes. Of course I'm too interested in the manufacturing process to simply shell out a bunch of money for pills, and since lion's mane grows around here I thought I'd give making the extract a go. It requires a water extraction as well as an alcohol extraction, and it got me thinking that a lot of these herbal medicines require some form of concentration process.

It would probably pay to start accumulating the equipment as a "hobby" before it no longer becomes freely available.

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#10 Post by Bobble Hat » Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:45 am

We planted parsley, sage , rosemary, thyme, oregano, borage, hyssop and peppermint when we first moved to this house. Learning as we go along really, and adding a few herbs each year!
We've also got cleavers, nettles, dandelions, echinacea, and marigolds. We've read up on the uses of each one and have saved /dried some each year. We chop the nettles down and soak them in water in a bin for about 6 weeks and as they rot down they make a liquid fertiliser.

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