Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:11 AM
anybody that knows anything about dealing with baneful herbs would already know there is no 'safe' dosage for any two people.
I think this sums up why I have never bothered following any recipe at all in this area. From a practical viewpoint, the differences between individual herbs and individual people vary so much that it renders any formal recipe somewhat redundant. I really can't see the point in looking for lists of ingredients or specific dosages. They have no bearing on what any experience will be like for me personally.
Research, now research is different, research is absolutely crucial. Nothing is going anywhere near my mouth (or feet) without me having a good basic knowledge of what it can do to me and what effects it can produce. I do not have a confidently broad working knowledge of herbs, I have a few close favourites with whom I work and which I have researched to my satisfaction. My experience of working with herbs is to start from the bottom up, testing tiny little dosages until I start to find the levels that work right for me. And I want to build a relationship with each plant as an individual before I mix any of them together. I have a complete horror of throwing random ingredients into a mix.
I used to source most of my herbs but this year I have taken the plunge and made a significant time investment into researching and growing my own. I kind of feel it is all part of getting to know the plant. And I'm not sure if I have any business in using a plant that I haven't understood enough to be able to grow. (Though that would sadly mean all my salads would be basil free forever!)
Just my opinion, mind.
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