Principles of Home Herbalism

Instinct and intuition make the art of home herbalism, but they should be rooted in a strong foundation to be successful. Before we dive into formulas and recipes and parenting hacks to get remedies into toddlers, let’s establish a common foundation of principles. Herbal Lineages Home herbalism, and folk medicine in general, is a nonhierarchical … Continue reading Principles of Home Herbalism

Solubility in Medicine Making

Solubility: The Basics Something is soluble if it dissolves in a particular liquid: picture stirring sugar into hot tea (soluble) versus cold water (not). Many plant compounds that we use for medicine have to dissolve in the water/alcohol/honey/oil/etc. for medicine to be a thing. Many plant constituents are polar, meaning they have a positive side … Continue reading Solubility in Medicine Making

Making Weight-to-Volume Tinctures

Let's break down the art of tincture making!  Tincture ratios, percents, solubility, and all the rest of it. First, Some Basics Weight-to-volume tinctures are made by carefully considering two aspects of balance: the balance between the weight of the marc and the volume of menstruum, and the balance of alcohol and water in the menstruum. … Continue reading Making Weight-to-Volume Tinctures