3 basic questions...
Hello...as you can see I am new to this forum. I have some basic questions about tinctures and some other small things. Before I ask my questions I think that I should give you just a little bit of background.
I have been taking a herbal tincture at the recommendation of my doctor for about 4 months now. Yes, I know it sounded odd to me too when he made the suggestion, infact I told him that I was not a "tree hugging hippie, I just want some drugs." (yeah, I see the irony in that statement...) 7 years ago I was had knee surgery that left me with more pain then before I had it done and I started to get headaches daily because of the stress it was causing me.
Anyway, after about two years of walking around like a zombie because of taking pain pills every day, I some how lost half a bottle of the pills. I had no refills so I had to see my doctor before I could get any more pills. I had really bad withdraws from the pills and I decided that I was an addict and vowed never to take anything that "hard" again. The doctor started giving me Noprexen pills that helped enough with the pain.
About five months ago I confessed to my doctor that I had learn that Noprexen was basically just Aleve and that I was having to take around 3,000mg daily. I was starting to worry what this might do to my body...so after slapping me a couple of times (joke) he told me to just give some herbs a for two months. What did I have to lose? So I did.
I feel good after about four months now of taking a tincture that contains "Devil's Claw, fresh Yucca root, organic Ginger root, fresh organic Dandelion plant, fresh Black Cohosh root." The doctor say that it would be better for me then 3,000mg of Aleve is...lol. I now believe in the "healing power" of the herb.
Since I am ready to jump onto the "tree hugging hippie" bandwagon now, I have decided that it would be fun to make my own tinctures and not buy them from stores. Anyway my questions now.
1) If you want to make a tincture that has three herbs what would be the best way to make it. a) make a 3 tinctures one for each herb then mix when needed. b) just use all three herbs in the tincture all at the same time. c) add the first herb, let it sit, drain, add number two, let sit, drain, add the last, let sit.
2) I have ordered some books online about herbs but I just like the web, so what are some good and reliable websites for information. (very important since I would not know what websites might be commonly known as unreliable) websites for information.
3) I did not find anything in the rules of this forum what would make it so I could not ask this question...Does anyone know a reliable place that I can order herbs online or by catalog. I could google this one but I find that for things like this word of mouth is better since ever company will say they have the best and freshest products.
Ok, sorry for the long post, and any input would be great.
Thanks for your time
DCanup, New Hippie...