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I'm not sure if there is a thread on this but I want to start one on natural alternatives for various conditions and or symptoms, not sure what to call them, haha. BTW I am not a DR. I do think the holistic approach is better and want to share the information I have.
Granulated or finely cut herbs - Steep a heaping teaspoonful of the herbs in a cup of boiling water for twenty minutes, strain, and take one cup one hour before each meal and one cup on retiring. You may take more or less as the case requires. If too strong, use less herbs per cup.
Roots and barks - Roots must be simmered one half hour or more in order to extract their medicinal value. Do not boil hard.
When you gather the roots and bark yourself, cut or crush them fine. If you raise or gather herbs and barks, use good judgement in making teas; if you get it too strong add more water.
Flowers and leave - Flowers and leaves should never be boiled. Steep them in boiling water in a covered dish for twenty minutes, just as you would make common tea. Boiling evaporates the aromatic properties.
Powdered herbs. - The powdered herbs may be mixed in hot or cold water. Use one-half teaspoonful to one-fourth glass of water. Follow by drinking one glass water, either hot or cold. The herbs take effect quicker if taken in hot water.
Golden seal may be taken in three ways, as follows:
1. One-fourth to one-half teaspoonful dissolved in one-fourth glass water. Follow by drinking one glass of water. Take one to four doses a day.
2. Steep a heaping teaspoonful in a pint of boiling water twenty minutes, stir thoroughly, let settle, and pour off the clear liquid . Take eight tablespoonfuls a day, taking two tablespoonfuls fifteen minutes before each meal and the remainder upon retiring. You may double the above amount and take even more with benefit.
3. Take in gelatin capsules and drink one glass of water after taking the capsules. Gelatin capsules may be purchased at most retail or wholesale drug stores. No. 1, No. 0, No.00 sizes, but there are smaller sizes. As a rule, take two of the No. 00 size for a dose, more or less according to needs.