Decoctions and Infusions
by Theo Cranston
I recently watched your videos on youtube and have since favorited your website to my computer. I've always been into herbs and nature. I have a question I am hoping you can answer regarding some specific herbs I am currently using. They are "cascara sagrada", "plantain leaf" (which I have already seen your youtube video on) and "barkerry bark". These are apparently good for colon cleansing, however I have seen online that cascara sagrada needs to be aged as younger bark can cause problems if consumed over a long time.
How can I tell the age of a bark and the strength?
Also, would you advise making a tincture for these?
I also came across some liver cleansing herbs, "chanca piedra" (also for the kidneys and gallbladder), "milk thistle", "dandelion root" and "globe artichoke". I am interested in making a tea to heal 2 lesions in my liver but I am unsure of a few things.
Firstly, what part of the milk thistle would you advise using for the liver? Some online articles say the seed has the healing property for the liver, others say the leaves are just as good. I have found a UK based outlet which supplies both but I am unsure which to use or if it is ok to use both?
Second, which part of the globe artichoke can I use? I have recently purchased dried leaves and am unsure of how to identify it for myself.
Thirdly, do you know of any reputable and trusted UK based outlets for herbs and also any reputable sources of knowledge and information?
Finally, would you recommend making a tincture with the above herbs?
Finally, on tinctures, can you make a tincture with more than one herb together or would you advise separate tinctures for separate herbs?
God bless and kindest regards