Safely Using Herbs

Learn proper methods for dosage, preparing and storing herbs.


| April 2016


Natural Remedies For Kids (Fair Winds Press, 2015) by Kate Tietje and Bob Zajac, M.D is an easy-to-use illustrated reference guide for parents who are ready to take their families' health into their own hands by using more than 100 natural and herbal remedies to help common ailments at home.

Safely Using Herbs

Before diving into natural remedies, it’s important to know how to use herbs safely. Not all herbs are appropriate for all people in all situations. You’ll find specific cautions on each recipe, so you can determine what is best for your family. Please read the cautions carefully and consult your doctor if you have a special health concern before using any remedy. Even simple herbs, like ginger, should not be used by some people. Always read the individual contraindications on each recipe.

Always properly label your herbs

If your herbs aren’t properly labeled, then plants that look similar may get mixed up and used improperly. If in doubt, throw it out. Never use an herb if you’re not completely sure what it is.

Check the contradictions

Some herbs can cause adverse effects in some people, just like anything else — for example, some people are allergic to peanuts or shellfish, which are foods that many people can consume without an issue. If an herb is known to be harmful or potentially harmful to some people, it will be noted on individual recipes. Read these carefully before choosing which ones to prepare.



When in doubt, use smaller doses

For some people, it takes only a tiny dose to bring about the desired effects; for others, it takes a larger dose. You can always take more, but you can’t take less. Start with a very small dose, especially the first time you use an herb. Consider taking notes at the end of this book on what doses you give and how they work, so you’ll know next time what is right for each member of your family.

Know if internal use is safe

Some of the recipes in this book can actually be used topically or internally. Many of the herbs can be used both ways in different preparations. A few must never be used internally; these recipes will be labeled “for external use only.” Know the proper amount and method for taking any remedy you use.







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