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    Do the raspberry leaves have to be wild? We have bushes. How do you keep them?

    Dry them? Wash them first? I have no idea what to do. Madeline
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    Madeline,
    No, they do not have to be wild. I get mine from my own property and a
    local state park. I know they are not sprayed wtih pesticides. Rinse the leaves
    and let them dry on a flat surface if you feel this is necessary. I use a tip I
    picked up somewhere for drying them out. Put them in a paper bag and fold over
    the opening. Stow them in your car trunk for about a week. Your s'posed to shake
    them every day but so far I seem to forget that part of the process everytime
    with no adverse affects. Take them from the bag when dried and place in a jar of
    some sort. Keep in a mild temperatured dark place. I crush them as needed and
    use about a tablespoon per cup of tea.
    When my endo. has been very bad I have drank up to 4 cups in a day with no
    adverse effects. Emmy
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    Re: Budget101.com : raspberry leaves


    Making teas.. just a note, you don't have to dry out raspberry leaves to
    make tea. Actually, with most herbs you can make teas, tisanes with fresh
    herb. Just crush or bruise the leaves before adding your hot water, allow it
    to steep.

    Now, if you're really out to get the best Medicinal benefit, consider using
    an Infusion.

    Infusions- which are made by allowing the herb to steep for long periods of
    time (4-10 hours) are best made with Dried herbs. (Why? Because the minerals
    and other phytochemicals are more accessible after drying.)

    Here's an example that I've written down in my herbal book... 1 cup of
    nettle TEA contains 5-10 mg of calcium. 1 c. of Nettle Infusions contains up
    to 500 mg of calcium.

    If you have troubles finding herbs, try these legit companies:

    http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ Mountain Rose Herbs

    http://www.pacificbotanicals.com/ Pacific Botanicals

    http://www.frontierherb.com/ Frontier Herbs

    http://www.gardenmedicinals.com/ Garden Medicinals
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    Liss,

    What herbal book do you use the most? I am looking for a good one.

    Thanks,
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    I never use a single source, I currently have approx 60 herbal books, 20
    homeopathy books, 15-20 Accupressure/Acupuncture books and 10-12
    aromatherapy & Flower Therapy books.

    My favorites however are:

    Anything by Susan Weed
    Rosemary Gladstar
    Christiane Northrup

    Family Herbal - R. Gladstar
    Healing Wise - S. Weed
    Herbal Healing for Women R. Gladstar
    Herbal Remedies for Mens Health - R. Gladstar
    Wise Woman Herbal for the Child Bearing Years- S. Weed
    Back to Eden - Jethro Kloss
    Prescription for Nutritional Healing (all Editions are excellent) by Keats
    Publishing - this book encompasses vitamins and minerals as well as herbs.
    This is usually the first one I grab when someone has symptoms of illness.

    These are my favorites, but I always, Always, ALWAYS cross-reference at
    least 3 sources before deciding on a therapy.

    I like alot of the Older Herbal books, sometimes you have to really pay
    attention to the wording though. Look at the latin name of the plant/herb.
    For example if a book simply says Echinacea, it is doing you a disservice.

    Which Echinacea? Echinacea Augustifolia Or Echinacea Purpurea or Echinacea
    Pallida ??

    E. angustifolia - is smaller and delicate, grows to 2 ft. Leaves are
    lanceolate with smooth margins. Flower petals do not droop but spread
    outward from the seed-head.

    E. purpurea - grows to 5 ft. A robust plant with many ovate leaves. Leaf
    margins are toothed. Flowers are large with petals drooping towards the
    stem.

    E. pallida - grows to 3 ft. Leaves are lanceolate with smooth margins. The
    color of the flowers vary from purple to white and are drooping.

    There are, of course, several other species of echnicea (Echinacea simulata;
    Echinacea paradoxa; Echinacea tennesseensis; Echinacea laevigata; Echinacea
    sanguinea; Echinacea atrobubens; Echinacea gloriosa), but these are the 3
    most often seen available, and this is only an example. One form is much
    more beneficial than it's 2 counterparts.

    Also, when cross-referencing, you'll see that sometimes using the whole
    herb is less effective than using only certain parts of the plant. In some
    cases, it's only the leaves or the root that carry the properties needed to
    affect the condition your treating.

    HTH,
    Liss
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    Okay Liss now I'm really going to pick your brain. All of these "homemade"
    cures/treatments call for special ingredients which may or may not be easy
    to find. As well as probably pretty expensive. How is doing all this
    yourself cheaper, easier or better than just going to the doctors and at
    what point do you say "enough" with your family and go to the actual doctor?
    I'm not questioning what you are doing by any means. I'm actually playing
    devil's advocate here. I'm sure I'm not the only one who might be thinking
    the same thing. It seems like there is a lot of work involved in doing it
    yourself. Do you use everything natural or are there over the counter drugs
    that you use? What about for simple aches and pains...do you use Tylenol or
    Advil? What about things for like upset stomachs, diarrhea, vomiting,
    toothaches, etc...? I am pretty sure there are probably tons of natural
    remedies for these things but isn't it easier to just pop a few pills?
    Sue
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    Liss,
    Thank you for all of the suggestions for books. I can't wait to go to the
    book store.

    Blessings,
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    Liss and I have the same books. one that she didn't mention, but may
    have, is 'The Guide to Remedies.' published by Barnes and Noble, it
    is a small, quick reference book for homeopathy, essential oils,
    crystals, and home remedies. it has pictures and explains things well
    for the beginner. oh! and it's a wire-bound book so you can open it
    up flat! LOL!
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