Using Herbs

How To Research Herbs

January 8, 2013
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If you have wanted to incorporate herbs into your lifestyle, but constantly feel overwhelmed by the mixed information or the amount of herbs that are used for one particular issue, stress no more.

Today I’m going to tell you how I research any of the herbs I use so that you can learn to do the same!

4 Steps To Researching Herbs

  1. I look up whatever is ailing me in a book, and I find out what herbs or supplements are known to help with that condition. I write them down on a piece of paper. Then I move on to another book and write those herbs down. I go through 3-4 books, and sometimes I’ll even search Google to see what suggestions others have.
  2. Next I look at all the suggested herbs on my list, and I note which herbs were mentioned over and over in all the different resources I looked it. That must mean that all these herbalists agree that these particular herbs are the go-to herbs for whatever I’m researching. So now I make a new list with all of the most commonly recommended herbs.
  3. At this point I’ll look each of the herbs on my new list up individually. I’m looking to see how they work in the body, any herbs that they may need to be combined with to work better, any warnings or cautions that may accompany them, how to prepare them, how much to take, how long to take them, etc.
  4. Finally, I narrow my choices down to the best herbs for my situation. I then browse through my typical online herb shops to find out prices and shipping times and then place my order. If I don’t have time to order them online, I’ll make a special trip to a nearby health food store and pick what I need up there.

That’s it. It’s so simple. I can do it, and you can do it too!

Do you have a particular way you research herbs? Share it with me in the comments below!

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  • Reply ashlee January 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    what are your favorite books to use when researching herbs?

    • Reply Meagan January 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      My favorites are Practical Herbalism, The How To Herb Book, The Green Pharmacy, and The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook. I have a ton more, but those are the first one’s I pull.

  • Reply Jill's Home Remedies January 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    I do the same thing ~ grab my favorite herb books!

    • Reply Meagan January 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      I also like to use Google, but you have to be careful about the mixed info there. I’m also a part of a membership site for herbalists, and it’s a great place to find information!

      • Reply Jen January 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        May I ask where (the membership)?

        • Reply Meagan January 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

          Sure… I’m a member of – it’s great. I love it and highly recommend it. There’s soooo much info there. I’m just picking at it a little bit at a time.

  • Reply ashleyK August 25, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    Can you recommend any free sites that discuss herbs/herbal remedies? (Other than yours- which I love! Looking forward to posts as you do your course!)

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