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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Stirring The Pot

Botanicals and herbs all have their own unique consistency and contain different vitamins, supplements, medicinal ingredients, chemicals and some even poisons! So be careful before you resort to them.

When you do, make sure to stick to the recommended dose and the preparation methods. There are several ways how botanicals and herbs can and should be used. Below are some of the terms explained, you may encounter.

"Tea:
Tea is one of several ways botanicals are sold. Also called an infusion, tea is made by adding boiling water to fresh or dried plant products - stems, leaves or flowers, usually - and steeping them to release their active ingredients. Tea isn't the only way that botanicals and herbs can be used.

Concoctions and Decoctions:
Tea requires just a few minutes of steeping but some plant products require a little more time for their active ingredients to be released. A concoction is simply a mixture of herbal ingredients that can be prepared in a variety of ways, usually with heat. When the heating method is boiling, the mixture - usually of roots, bark or berries - is called a decoction.

Liquids, Extracts and Tinctures:
Botanicals are sold in liquid forms, such as oils, extract-containing drinks, syrups and tinctures. Tinctures are preparations made with alcohol and water. Extracts can be made with many different liquids (solvents), and that liquid is often evaporated to make a dry extract. Dry extracts are put into capsules and tablets. Tinctures and extracts are usually more concentrated than teas. When looking at the recommended dose, it is important to notice the form of the product. For example, a dose might be three cups of tea per day or one to three teaspoons tincture per day.

Fresh or Dried Herbs:
Herbs can be grown at home or purchased fresh-cut at a market. Air-dried, freeze-dried or fresh, herbs can be used in cooking or for making tea.
~
Arthritis Today, Arthritis Foundation."

Although it may seem, because all these herbs and botanicals are natural, you can't go wrong with it, I have to emphasize again... you can! Taking too much, or not preparing it the way it should, can lead to either results to the contrary, or no results at all. So, read up on it before stirring the pot.

It is not good to "wander off" on your own. Even though you may have the best intentions in mind, you might think you are doing one thing, while you actually are doing another. You may not achieve your goal, if you don't know what guidelines to follow and might end up hurting others as well as yourself.

God made accommodations for us to know what to do, and how to do it. His guidelines are easy to understand and to follow and will yield the best result. Therefor, be open to His instructions and guidance. The Bible is full of it! :-)

Psalm 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

11 Comments:

Blogger Missy said...

Great advice, Corry. I occasionally drink an infused tea and have never thought about how those herbs interact with other vitamins and herbal supplements I might be taking. I'm going to ask about that.

It is good to see you and the mister in the neighborhood lately!

Blessings to you and the family.

May 24, 2008 7:12 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Missy,
You are not the only one who doesn't think about it. I didn't either, mainly because it's all natural and I didn't think it would or could be that harmful. Better to ask and be safe!

Yup, we are hanging out as much as we can!

I hope y'all are doing well.
Many blessings to ya'll. Have a wonderful Sunday.

God's Grace.

May 25, 2008 3:44 AM  
Blogger Pia said...

great advice. and also, i guess too much of everything is not good.

May 27, 2008 1:51 AM  
Blogger Pia said...

btw, how are you mamu? miss ya!

May 27, 2008 1:57 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Pia,
No, too much is hardly ever good.

Doing ok, I have another cold but was on time to go to the doctor with it and I am on anti biotics again. We are still busy and I am trying to catch up with things that went by the wayside.

Miss you too, girlie! :-)

luv ya.

God's Grace.

May 27, 2008 3:50 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Corry,
Glad to see you. This is a good article. We all need to be careful about what we take into our body.

Thanks for posting the prayer request for us. You have been a blessing to me. I am praying you get over your cold quickly. Blessings.

May 27, 2008 11:13 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Amy,
You are most welcome. Besided praying, that was another thing we could do. Please let us know how Clay is doing and how the test results are? Thanks.

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

May 28, 2008 7:28 AM  
Blogger jel said...

morning sis,

good to c your outand about!

ya got a cold, sorry!

huggs

May 28, 2008 9:05 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Janice,
My cold is not too bad. I was in time going to the doctor. I am still trying to catch up on stuff. One day at the time, huh! :-)

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

May 29, 2008 8:29 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

I love the title of this post very much =)
It speaks so clearly.

June 08, 2008 9:38 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
I chose it because it sounded ambiguous. You can take it both ways, literally and figuratively speaking, haha.

Have a very blessed day, Lieve Zus.

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

June 09, 2008 5:02 AM  

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