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packypacky
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Hi. Everyone, please help me get started on taking herbs.
I bought some dry herbs from some Chinese herbalist store:
Smilax glabra root
Houttuynia cordata
Artemesia
Knotweed root slices
and
honeysuckle flower,
I have not read Buhners books because I can no longer use paper books (thanks to mites infestation and Morgellons) and they do not come in ebook version. So I don't know how to use these dry herbs, or can I? hope my question is not too stupid. Thanks in advance!

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Sent you pm with suggestions ,buhners suggestions may be found online at website..

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Start low and slow with smilax, it can clobber the colon, mild stomach ache if too much taken too soon and loose bowels, too. Cramping if way too much taken. So find your "happy point" the first week or so.

I found it best to take this with food to offset the bitterness of it and ease the stomach. And the first day you take it, you might want to be around home. In the right proportion, it should be just fine, though, and with other herbs as part of the overall plan.

Hey, thanks for posting your question. I have some major skin stuff going on now and just re-read that it can help with skin. I have some at the back of my bookcase.

You might like to read this:

http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/important-herbs/sarsaparilla-root-smilax-species.html

Sarsaparilla / Smilax
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With dry herbs when mixed with water: start with a little water and get them all mixed before adding more.

If you find pockets that did not dissolve, easier to mash them while still in a little bit of water, say in a wide mug. Do not try to drink until all the pockets are mashed so as not to breathe in powder & coughing.

Do not use HOT water for any herb that grows above ground, only for underground. A cozy warm water okay to add after the initial mixing can help.

Putting the herbs in a glass jar with a little water and shake will work, too.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houttuynia_cordata

Houttuynia cordata

Posting this primarily for the luscious PHOTO - click to enlarge.

I think it's really nice to see good pictures of the herbs so as to connect with them. Better if you actually can find the plant growing near you and connect with it in person (after reading whether that's safe, of course).

This one has beautiful heart shaped leaves that just really call to me, so to speak.
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quote:
Originally posted by bluelyme:
Sent you pm with suggestions ,buhners suggestions may be found online at website..

Thanks BlueLyme,I got it. [kiss]
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With dry herbs when mixed with water: start with a little water and get them all mixed before adding more.

If you find pockets that did not dissolve, easier to mash them while still in a little bit of water, say in a wide mug. Do not try to drink until all the pockets are mashed so as not to breathe in powder & coughing.

Do not use HOT water for any herb that grows above ground, only for underground. A cozy warm water okay to add after the initial mixing can help.

Putting the herbs in a glass jar with a little water and shake will work, too.
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Thanks Keebler! That's a whole lot of useful information! I guess the point of not using hot water for the above ground part is to not destroy their delicate active ingredients? But I'm kind of hesitate to not have the herbs cooked in order to kill the possible mold/parasitic eggs ? The dry herbs I got look really dirty, should that be of any concern? [confused]
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yes, the point of not using hot water for the above ground part is to not destroy their delicate active ingredients.

This may be more so for tinctures than herbs that are dried. And berries are often boiled so there can be some exceptions.

Green teas should not get boiling water, though, so that is one example of the fresher, tender plant materials needing a little bit more care.

CUT & SIFTED ??

Are they just cut and sifted or are they herb powders? If cut and sifted, you cannot just put in water and drink.

I may have just jumped to the assumption they are in powder form, ground up VERY fine.

If cut and sifted - you can grind up in a coffee grinder . . . or find a good guide on how to use. I'm thinking steep like tea.

If coarser than cut and sifted and you actually have twigs and such, those might require a slow simmer.

Dirty? They should not have any dirt at all if from a reputable source. Cut and sifted herbs will have lots of variation in bits and pieces but they should be all herb, nothing else.
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You can refer back to Buhner's books. This one also has a chapter on the various forms of herbs and how to work with each form. See lower left side menu but I forget which chapter:

http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/

The ONE EARTH HERBAL SOURCEBOOK (Tillotson, et al)
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You say you ordered these form "from some Chinese herbalist store"

If 1stChineseHerbs, they are excellent quality. If another site, was it recommended in Buhner's book? If not, if you post the site, that might help.
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http://1stchineseherbs.com/how-to-use-bulk-herbs/

1st Chinese Herbs

HOW TO USE BULK HERBS - Decoctions and Infusions most likely for the cut & sifted form.

Then refer back to BUHNER's website / books.
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