Herb: Any species of plant that contains medicinal substances which are in harmony with the human body and are capable of preventing or curing disease.
Active Constituent: Part of the herb that is responsible for the healing action. May be more than one - but one is always dominant.
Fungus: Mushrooms, toadstools - plants that lack chlorophyll
Tea: Mild preparation of herbs. Obtained by pouring boiling water over herb and steeping for 5 minutes - 1 teaspoon of herb for 1 cup water.
Infusion: A stronger preparation of herbs. Obtained by pouring boiling water over herbs and steeping for 20 minutes - 30 gm. of herb to 1 pint water.
Decoction: An extract or substance obtained through boiling. Used primarily for hard woody substances.
Linament: A type of thin ointment.
Ointment: A medicinal or cosmetic preparation applied to the skin.
Poultice: A warm, soft, moist substance usually prepared with boiling water and thenspread on a cloth and applied to an inflamed part of the body to draw out infection. Acts as a counter irritant.
Weed: Any plant growing in a location in which it is not desired.
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