Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Using Liquid Herbs, or Tinctures, Topically

The poultice remedy used to draw out infection and speed healing has been around for a long time. And, it is just as effective today as it has always been. A poultice can increase blood flow, relaxes tense muscles, sooth inflamed tissues, and draw toxins from an infected area.

Our skin is the first line of defense against disease because it has the ability to absorb. When you apply an herbal poultice to the affected area, the skin absorbs the medicinal benefits of the substance almost immediately. A poultice, however can be fairly labor intensive to prepare with dried herbs. By using a liquid tincture herb extract, you can act quicker to remedy an ailment by simply applying the liquid tincture to the affected area.

Poultices can be used for:

Joint Pain
Inflammation
Abscesses
Boils
Bruises
Carbuncles
Fibrocystic disease
Fractures
Enlarged Neck Glands
Breast
Prostate
Leg Ulcers
Sprains
Sunburn
Tumors
Ulcerated Eyelids
Congestion
Infection
Embedded Particles


Preparing a liquid tincture herb poultice
Making a poultice is fairly straightforward. After mixing the appropriate herbal ingredients, you can pour the mixture onto a cotton ball and hold the moist cotton ball against the infected area. A bandage can be used to secure the herbs or cotton ball in place. Poultices should be changed frequently, particularly a poultice for infection, to keep the wound clean.

Treatment duration
Herbal poultices should be kept in place for 1 to 24 hours, or as needed. During this period, you may experience a throbbing pain as the poultice draws out infection and neutralizes toxins. When the pain subsides, you will know that the poultice has accomplished its task and should be removed. Apply fresh poultices as needed until the desired level of healing has been reached.





Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

There's A Liquid Herb Tincture for That!

Herbalists, medical professionals trained in the use of herbs and knowledgeable herb consumers primarily use herbs in a liquid extract form, or, a tincture. Now, why do you think that is?

We have put together some information to help you understand why tinctures are superior to other herb forms and to give you a better understanding of their properties.

Simply Perfect Solution
Tinctures give you complete control over the dosage amount.  You can use one drop or the maximum dosage of an herb, based on age, body mass size and severity.  This is extremely effective for children.  For instance, a pediatrician or parent can give a small child a fraction of a single dose simply by placing drops of the extract in one ounce of water or juice
to administer the appropriate amount. This is much easier than trying to split a tablet or capsule to attain the correct dosage.

The Sponge Affect
Liquid tincture extracts do not require digestion. They are in their purest form, so your body does not have to go through the process of extracting the healing herb properties – this has already been done for you when the tincture is processed.  Tinctures are particularly beneficial to those individuals with impaired digestive function. In fact, for those with severe digestive issues, the liquid form may be the only way to effectively benefit from the healing properties of an herbal solution. 

Bittersweet Realization
When a taste makes contact with a taste receptor on your tongue, neurotransmitters are released into nervous tissue fibers.  This sends a signal to the medulla of the brain. Once this initial signal from the tongue reaches the medulla, a nerve impulse is initiated which results in an increase in gastric, pancreatic, gallbladder, and liver secretion. With just a few drops under your tongue, you fortify a myriad of digestive functions.

Herb Preservation
While some plants are extracted in their fresh state, others are more potent when extracted from a dried state.  Regardless of the state, liquid herbs are far superior to their counterparts in capsules and tablets.  As a general rule, liquid extracts containing alcohol have an expected shelf life of 5 years, while those containing glycerin instead of alcohol are best used within 3 years. While the shelf life of many extracts will certainly surpass these estimates, for the safe and effective use of liquid herbal extracts you should follow these guidelines. To show an example of a sharp contrast between liquid form and capsules or tablets, crude, dried Echinacea capsules lose approximately 90% of their activity in a little more than a year from their manufacture date.

Rub It In
Using a tincture topically is as simple as rubbing it on or applying it as a gauze poultice.  With Other forms of herbs, like teas or powders, poultice preparation is more labor intensive and less effective than the potency of a liquid tincture poultice.



Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.