Making Homemade Medicine

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Use this guide to make your own simple, effective herbal remedies, and add medicine-making to your self-sufficiency repertoire.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM    March/April 2017

Making our own herbal medicines and body-care products can save money and improve our health, and it’s much easier than you may think. If you already make herbal teas, then making infusions, decoctions, tinctures, salves and poultices can quickly become part of your repertoire, too. Don’t worry if they sound confusing; you’ll soon discover how to prepare a variety of plants to make a range of simple but effective herbal medicines.

Tansy and Tarragon Tincture Tinctures, or alcohol extracts of dried or fresh herbs, are one form of natural medicine.

One very important note before you begin making herbal medicines: Always make sure you are using the correct plant (check the Latin name) and the correct part of the plant (flower, leaf, roots), as some parts may be…

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