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gerry
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:05:50 PM
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Hi Amanda.  I'm in the same boat.  I'm going to try to raise an herb garden this year, but I don't know how to make teas from the herbs I'm planting.  I hope someone here does.

I also read yesterday that there are certain herbs that react with some medications and that concerns me.  The ladies that live with me, my wife and mother-in-law, are both taking medications that may be of concern.

Does anybody know anything about herbal remedies and teas?

gerry
Frosty
#2 Posted : Sunday, January 18, 2009 9:02:03 AM
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I believe you use the flowers of chamomile... I was looking through a catalog the other day and they showed a scoop with long fingers (like a rake) that is made to harvest the chamomile.  A quick search and I found this on harvesting it for tea http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/herbs/msg0614225131637.html 

Gerry, I think that your best bet would be to ask a doctor about interactions on the meds being used.  You can also look up the meds on-line and see what the company shows for interactions (I would 'also' look, not 'instead of asking the doctor')  For what it's worth, grapefruit interacts with many medications and can drastically increase the amout of the medication entering the system, and is listed as something to avoid for many medications.  Anytime anyone around here gets a prescription medication, I carefully read the information provided to check for side effects and interactions.  You can do a search using the name of the medication along with the name of any planned herbs/supplements.  Also, here is a holistic site with a lot of information that you might find helpful:    http://www.holisticonline.com/Herbal-Med/hol_herb_med_reac.htm

Shirley

amandaaphra
#3 Posted : Sunday, January 18, 2009 9:02:03 AM
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I'm wondering which part of the chamomile would I use to make tea?  It does not have the standard leaves I'm used to with mint, lemon balm, and catnip.  Is it the root?  The fronds?  The flower?  Help!  I would love step-by-step directions-- I'm kind of a newcomer to both cooking and growing...

Amanda

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