It is easy and fun to learn about how to make your own herbal remedy recipes. Using herbal remedies is definitely a wonderful way to treat any minor or common ailments that your family members may have. Just imagine the ease and convenience if you know how to go about treating open cuts, runny noses, fever, insect bites and back pain and best yet, in a totally natural way. You will find it less of a need to reach out for your home safety kit or drug cabinet ever so often.

Here are some herbal remedy recipes that you can try:

1. The easiest way to derive the healing benefits from medicinal herbs is with consuming a herbal tea infusion. Herbal tea infusions can be made very quickly. An infusion is made just like you would for hot tea. Simply put the herb or herbs into a pot that has a closed, tight-fitting lid. Then, pour hot water over the herbs and let them soak there for at least 10 minutes. Next, strain this by pouring it through a nylon sieve or a strainer into a coffee cup. Store the leftover infusion in a cool place so that you can heat it up again later. It is best not to keep the infusion overnight.

2. Herbal remedy recipes for decoctions can also be made at home. Here, the plant’s active ingredients have to be more vigorously extracted than with an infusion. These herbal remedies are made from a plant’s twigs, barks, roots and berries. In order to make a decoction you will need to mash the herbs and then simmer it in water for about an hour. Next, remove the bark, twigs, roots or berries with a strainer. You should however always try to consume your decoctions fresh.

3. Herbal remedies in the form of tinctures, are more difficult to make than the other preparation methods. Place the herb that you are working with in a large jar and cover it with a mixture of vodka or rum and water. Please ensure that this mixture contains at least 25% alcohol. Seal the jar and then store in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks. You will also need to shake the jar occasionally. After 2 weeks, press the mixture through a wine press and collect the tincture in a jug. Once you have all of the mixture, use a funnel to strain the liquid into a dark bottle for storage.

4. Lastly, you can consume herbal remedies in the form of syrups. This definitely goes well with kids because syrups are easier to make them drink rather than herbal teas! First, you need to heat about 2 cups of a standard herbal infusion in a medium-sized saucepan. Add approximately 500 grams of sugar or honey and then stir this mixture until the sweetener has completely dissolved. Let the mixture sit and cool. Then, pour the syrup into a dark bottle, seal it with a cork stopper and store it in a cool, dry location. You should not omit the cork stopper as syrups ferment quickly.

If you need more advice with these herbal remedy recipes, get the help of your local herbalist. Your herbalist can also help you with your herb supplies. Alternatively, you can order them through the internet. Of course, it will be useful knowledge on what herbs to use for treating the various ailments.

As a mother to two preschool kids, I have to deal with many unexpected crisis almost every other day. Learning about how to make some herbal remedy recipes has saved me several trips to my family medical doctor!

Author's Bio: 

Evelyn Lim uses herbal home remedies to treat her kids of their minor and common ailments. She shares her tips as well as her practical knowledge about chinese and indian ayurvedic herbs in her newsletter. Get free tips and a MP3 download when you visit her site at