MEDICINAL PREPARATIONS WITH PLANTS - HOW TO PREPARE OUR MEDICINAL PLANTS
Why do we need to prepare our medicinal plants and curative herbs?
We must intake the active ingredients of the medicinal plants if we want them to cause the desired curative effects, that's to say we must "ingest" those components that have a healing power.
Medicinal plants that do not require any preparation
There are herbs that can be taken directly , consuming them as food , so they do not require any special preparation.
They are the so called "food medicines". They are foods with medicinal properties. Thus, for example , to absorb the lycopene content from tomatoes all we have to do is to prepare a a good tomato salad .
Just by eating this salad, our metabolism will be able to incorporate lycopene, which is a very good principle to fight cancer. The same could be said when eating carrots, dried figs , cabbages etc .
Other plants are medicinal kitchen herbs and spices. They can be mixed with food , giving it their distinctive taste and adding, at the same time , their medicinal properties.
They can be used fresh or dried , in which case we must pound them to sprinkle on food. Within them, there are such commmon culinary herbs like rosemary , mint , oregano , thyme , etc.
Medicinal plants that require to be prepared
Apart from these two cases, the majority of medicinal plants must undergo a process that must capable of extracting the medicinal active ingredients so they can be absorbed by our body.