Guidelines for Using Herbs Safely
Here are some rules of thumb for how and when to safely take herbal medicines. Always check with a qualified health practitioner before taking an herbal supplement.
1. Buy organically grown herbs.
2. Discontinue taking any herb immediately if you feel it disagrees with you (you could be allergic to a medicinal herb just as you could a drug). Even if you know you don’t like something but you can’t find why you don’t like it, discontinue use, your body is trying to tell you something. Listen to your body.
3. Be certain the herb has been properly identified as the herb you think it is. This is especially important for using bulk herbs. LABEL!
4. Pay close attention to recommended dosages for different herbs and properly adjust dosages for children, elders and those with weak constitutions.
5. Many herbal teas and herbs in food are safe for daily use over time, but stronger forms of herbs including extracts should not be used for more than brief periods without a naturopathic doctor or trained herbalist’s supervision. Some herbs cannot be used under certain circumstances. Learn about your body and your health.
6. If you have a chronic medical condition, use herbs under medical supervision. Some herbs will interact with medication and they should not be used without the proper education and supervision.
Excerpt from 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes by Demetria Clark