ShadowCat wrote:I would always recommend learning about herbal medicine from a herbalist or taking a course yourself. This applies especially when you seek to use any remedies internally, but since several herbs can be toxic by skin-exposure and/or make your skin extra-sensitive to light (photo-toxicity) so you can get burned badly. "Romantic" books are not a good source. The Druids herbal is a good book if you have a basic understanding on healing herbs, but can't be used as your only source of information. I can recommend "Healing Wise" as a good book on how to get to know a few common weeds fully. No books, herbal encyclopedias or referencecharts can replace a thorough education though.
When in doubt, check if a herb is commercially available as a tea (like chamomile), in which case it's most often safe to use. Even then, it might interact with medication you have to take or you might be sensitive to it. With all herbal teas, you should rotate them, not using the same one in significant quantities for more then three weeks in a row.
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