Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Illness has hit the house, how can you help? Your child has a stomach ache, which herb do you use to help with that? Menstrual cramps and you have a full day of go-go-go, how will you get relief? These are the questions that can be easily answered by consulting your own herbal journal.
If you are an aspiring herbalist, you are probably already making an herbal journal, where you can keep records of herbs, how to use them, and how effective they are as you use them.
Recording dosages, combinations, and other information is simple, and as you use herbs for household issues finding the collected data will never be difficult because you will have the information written just the way you understand it.
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Components of a Good Herbal Journal
In truth, there are no rules to what you include in an herbal journal because it is your journal. You know your book, your rules.
But here is a list of items that I add to my own book.
Monograph sheets, photos, dosage charts, ailment list, and family medical information. These are all good additions to your herbal book.
Let’s dig into what each of these pages/sections would look like, plus a few more pieces of information you can keep in your journal.
Monograph sheets this is a page talking about a specific herb. I include the names (including Latin name), growing and harvesting information, parts of the plant used and for what, properties, effects/energetics, safety issues/drug interactions, preparation, & doses.
Photos of the plants you have studied – a photo of the plant is imperative in learning to identify plants. I recommend identifying each stage of life. Often, plants have look-a-likes that are poisonous, so know exactly what plant you are looking at, especially when foraging your plants. If you are not 100% sure about identifying, forget about it.
Dosages, and Recipes for Medicinal Preparations – instructions for preparing salves, tinctures, teas, poultices, etc. I also keep information on the dosage and restrictions of the herbs I keep in my apothecary.
Section of medical conditions treatable at home – Scraped knees, sore muscles, colds, & other ailments can each get a page in your herbal journal. On these pages, I collect names of herbs that are commonly used for that studied condition. This way if you are out of an herb you already use for that condition you can look at substituting it with another acceptable herb.
Reference guides that you use regularly. It is always a good idea to add the references you have used. This way you can always refer back to it or verify that you have entered that reference saving valuable journalist time
Family records and medical history. It’s a good idea to add family medical history to your personal journal. I even recommend familiarizing yourself with these conditions and herbs to use and not use in those circumstances.
Make Your Own Herbal Journal
This can be as simple or elaborate as you would like it to be. Building this book will take time, but it will take shape over months and years of use as you add more and more information that is personally useful to yourself and your family.
I hope this information was useful to you in starting your own Herbal journal creation.
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