Traditional Herbal Medicine for Health and Well-Being of Body, Mind and Spirit



This site is dedicated to the promotion of Traditional Western Herbalism a  time-honored and effective healing practice.  This site is also the homepage for Erin Piorier, an herbalist offering classes, herbal consultations and holistic midwifery services in the greater Twin Cities area and the creator of the natural health and skin care line Blue Vervain Botanicals.

The articles and resources on this website and the classes and services offered aim to serve you as you find your way to health care that is safe, gentle and effective and foster greater connection with your own body, community and the earth.

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  1. Another question:) I was told to slice and dry roots for a bit ? But it looks like your tincturing them right after harvest? Maybe either way is fine?

    • There are some who dry herbs before tincturing and some who don’t, so either is fine. Personally, I like to use fresh plant material; I think it’s more energetic and vibrant and any delicate constituents are not lost to drying or heating. I also think it eliminates the extra step of drying. I just put the fresh roots into the menstruum. The exception is making infused oils, where the water in the fresh plants mixed with the oil can cause a higher chance of spoiling. For oils I dry the plant material (not fully) for 24 hours.

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