Herbal remedies and dosages are important to know when using natural medicine. Here is a simple guide explaining the different remedies and how to use them.
There are so many ways to use herbal remedies that there is always something you can use. They fall into two groups – external and internal.
Let’s look at what each of these are and how to use them.
Herbal Remedies and Dosages
Internal Herbal Remedies
Natural herbal remedies that are taken internally include the following:
While we might not think of food as an herbal remedy, I’m including things like fruit juice and shiitake mushrooms which contain compounds good for the body and need to be ingested.
Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”
This means natural herbal remedies extracted into glycerin.
The standard dose is 1/4 teaspoon or half dropperful. Should be diluted with water, tea or juice to prevent mouth irritation.
Pills (tablets and capsules)
Powdered natural herbal remedies that are enclosed in gelatin or vegetable-based capsules or are pressed into tablets using sticky binders.
Standard capsule is “00” size or equal to half a cup of tea or 1/6 ounce of herb. Read the package for dosage.
Natural herbal remedies that are sweetened and thickened tea, tincture or glycerin. The usual dose is 1 tablespoon.
Natural herbal remedies that are extracted into water usually in tea bags or chopped in bulk.
Dose is 1 teaspoon herb for every cup of water. One cup is drunk three or four times a day.
Natural herbal remedies that are extracted into alcohol and water. Average dose is 1/4 teaspoon or half dropperful which is equivalent to one cup of tea.
Some tinctures are for external use only such as skin antiseptics.
Natural herbal remedies that are extracted into vinegar. One or two teaspoonfuls are the average dose.
External Herbal Remedies
Natural herbal remedies that are to be used externally:
Natural herbal remedies that are by-products of distilling essential oils or combining essential oils with water.
Natural herbal remedies that are added to water used for bathing.
The components usually include: 1/4 cup of herbs, 4 cups herb tea and few drops of essential oils.
Natural herbal remedies that are extracted into vegetable oil which are often olive or sesame oil. You can use essential oils added to vegetable oil.
This body oil can be used for massage, hot liniment, facial cream or skin lotion.
Natural herbal remedies that use cloth soaked in herbal water.
Natural herbal remedies that use freshly mashed herbs.
Natural herbal remedies that use herbal oil thickened with beeswax to make it stick to skin.