Herb

glossary

by Luna Rain Botanicals

This herb glossary contains listings for each herb offered on this website and is updated regularly.

Also, find tips on preparing, storing and how to use herbs as part of a Radiant Womb Lifestyle.

Glossary of Herbs

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There are currently 65 Herbs in this directory

Please select a letter from the index (above) to see entries

Storing Dried Herbs

  • Properly stored dried herbs are best used within 2 years, after which potency may begin to diminish
  • Use airtight, non-plastic containers
  • Store in cool, dry places
  • Keep out of direct sunlight by using dark colored glass jars, keep them in a closed, cool cabinet, or make a curtain to cover them if need be
  • Whole herbs last longer than powders and cut/sifted herbs
  • Store in the freezer for at least 3 days to kill weevils, eggs and larvae (weevils are harmless and they love organic herbs)
  • Label container with name and purchase/discard date

Preparing Herbal Teas

  • Use only purified water
  • Do not use aluminum cookware, it can react with chemicals in herbs and accumulate in body causing chronic conditions, use stainless steel, earthenware, cast iron, or enamel free of cracks
  • Brew in nonmetal teapot or mug
  • Try to drink at least 3 cups of herbal tea daily
  • Enjoy teas at least 10 minutes before or after eating in order to avoid diluting digestive juices
  • Do not use white sugar to sweeten, instead try honey, coconut sugar, date sugar, stevia, etc.
  • FOR BASIC TEAS:  Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1-2 tsp of herbs.  Steep covered 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
  • INFUSIONS:  Infusions are stronger than teas and extract much more active constituents of the herbs than teas do.  Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of dried herb.  Steep covered 10-20 minutes.  Strain and enjoy.  May be stored in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • DECOCTIONS:  For hardy plant parts such as roots, stems, bark (exceptions: Red Clover Blossoms and Oatstraw are not hard but need to be decocted in order to best extract their medicine).  Simmer 1 pint of water with 1 ounce of dried herb, uncovered, on low heat, until about 1/4 of water evaporates.  Strain and drink throughout the day in small portions.  May be stored in refrigerator up to 72 hours.

I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.

Vannoy Gentles