1. Cooking with Herbs. Add fresh and dried herbs to raw and cooked foods, drinks and baked goods. Add fresh herbs to towards the end of cooked foods, dried herbs in the middle of cooking. Use 1/2 the amount of dried herbs that would use fresh herbs.
2. Ingesting Herbs in Capsules, Extracts / Tinctures and Teas. Powdered herbs can be added to smoothies or taken in gelatin capsules. Extracts and tinctures are herbs in a liquid form, usually alcohol based. Teas are made with leaves, bark, roots and flowers. Loose leaf teas are better quality than bagged varieties. Make sure you use organic, “fair trade” (ethically farmed) herbs and high quality black, green, red and white teas.
3. Applying Herbs Topically. This would include lotions, creams, ointments, balms, and sprays that can be applied to the skin for fragrance and healing. An essential oil is the concentrated volatile and aromatic liquid form of an herb obtained by distillation. Use these with another carrier oil such as olive oil or sunflower oil for massage and for healing. Add a few drops of essential oils to your bath.
Herbs can take time to work, so don’t get frustrated. Be patient and diligent.