Herb Basics

Learn about herbs and how to incorporate them into your cooking.

| March/April 2004

Liquid herbal extracts often are prescribed by the drop. But for a nation accustomed to teaspoons and pre-measured pills, envisioning a drop of medicine may run against the grain. And who has time to count all of those drops, anyway?

This chart offers you a guide to your dropper. Note: While droppers can vary in size, manufacturers often mark the dropper with measurements (usually given in milliliters). Generally, though, a standard dropper holds 1 milliliter of liquid.

Add spice to your meals with a zesty herbal blend

Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar’s Fire Cider Zest is a warming, energizing concoction designed to light your fires. It can be added to salad dressings, used to flavor steamed vegetables and sprinkled on grains.

Helpful tincture tips

Liquid herbal extracts, or tinctures, are an effective and convenient way to take herbal medicines. According to herbalist and Herb Pharm co-owner Ed Smith in his book Therapeutic Herb Manual (1999), a liquid herbal extract is a concentrated liquid containing an herb’s chemical constituents dissolved in a solution of alcohol and water.

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