I'm excited to start a new blog, Lisa Zahn Writes. The new blog will feature an eclectic mix of writings on various topics I find interesting. I will have some of my favorite posts from this site linked over there, and I will continue to write an occasional herbal medicine article right here. So, I'm keeping this blog open but as you can see my posting here is rare. Come see my new blog when you can!
I am a practitioner of Traditional Western Herbal Medicine. Using remedies made from local, ethically gathered wild plants or those from my own or friends' gardens, I will work with you to help your body to heal itself. My assessment techniques include homeopathic indications, Chinese concepts of organ systems, tongue diagnosis, pulse testing and intuition.
I practice herbal medicine from a spiritual perspective, one that is open to all faiths and perspectives. I believe that herbs can and will change your life--body, mind and spirit--whether you "believe" it or not!
My teachers include renowned herbalists Lise Wolff, RH (AHG) and Matthew Wood, RH (AHG). I would love to put my knowledge and skills to work for your health and wellness. If you live nearby and wish to make an appointment with me, please email me at zahn 8 at yahoo dot com.
How To Make An Herbal Tincture
Harvest the herb in its proper season (refer to herb-specific material for that time). Tear or chop herb parts into about one inch pieces. Pack very tightly into a glass jar to the top. Fill jar to the top again with 80 proof or higher alcohol, brandy or vodka. Fill again in a couple days, to the top. Let steep for 6 weeks or more. Decant into another jar by pouring off and squeezing liquid out of herb material through cheesecloth. Thank the plant for its uses and compost it. Label and date your jar of tincture.
How To Make An Herbal Oil and Salve
Harvest the herb just as in tincture-making but dry it for a day or so out of sunlight. Tear or cut the herb into one inch pieces and pack tightly into a jar, to the top. Fill the jar to the top with oil (cold pressed, organic olive, coconut or other oil). In a couple days, fill again to the top if some oil has soaked in. Keep a lid on the jar and let it sit on a plate in the sun for six weeks, no more. Some oil will seep out. Check for mold and scrape off as needed. After six weeks, decant the oil into a jar and squeeze any oil out of the herb material through cheesecloth. Thank the plant and compost it.
To make a salve, take a bit of beeswax (1/2 to 1 t.) and melt it on the stove. Take it off the heat, stir in the herbal oil and pour immediately into your salve container. It will set. Adjust beeswax amount to desired consistency and re-do if needed.