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Measuring in Parts (with Recipes)

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One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the opportunity to share recipes with others.  Making herbal medicine and natural products can be overwhelming at first, and I love showing people just how easy it can be!

Measuring in parts is a perfect example of how simple and forgiving herbal recipes are.  Often referred to as the “simpler’s method”, the beauty of measuring in parts is that the formula can be easily scaled up or down, and you can use almost any utensil as a measuring device. In addition to measuring cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons, you can improvise with shot glasses, Mason jars, yogurt containers, your favorite tea mug… you get the idea!  The most important thing is being consistent with your measurements and proportions.

The exception to this is when making low-dose formulas with potent and potentially dangerous herbs.  However, for the most part, measuring in parts is perfect for formulating herbal remedies and concoctions.

Here are two examples of how different recipes can be measured in parts:

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Refreshing Herbal Tea Blend

This tea blend is delightful for warm summer weather, especially when prepared as a sun or an iced tea.  The Nettle leaf and Yerba Mate are naturally energizing, Lemon Verbena adds a subtle lemony flavor, and Peppermint and Chrysanthemum are cooling.

•    2 parts organic Nettle leaf
•    1 part organic Peppermint leaf
•    1 part organic Lemon Verbena
•    1 part organic Chrysanthemum flowers
•    ½ part organic Yerba Mate

You can measure the formula in teaspoons to make a small batch for 1-2 cups of tea:

•    2 tsp. organic Nettle leaf
•    1 tsp. organic Peppermint leaf
•    1 tsp. organic Lemon Verbena
•    1 tsp. organic Chrysanthemum flowers
•    ½ tsp. organic Yerba Mate

Or, make a large batch:

•    2 cups organic Nettle leaf
•    1 cup organic Peppermint leaf
•    1 cup organic Lemon Verbena
•    1 cup organic Chrysanthemum flowers
•    ½ cup organic Yerba Mate

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Gentle Face Wash Recipe

This gentle face wash recipe is so simple to make, and can be adjusted for different skin types.  Add extra Castille or Witch Hazel extract for oily skin.  Decrease the amount of Castille for dry and mature skin, plus add a small amount of vegetable glycerin or a carrier oil. Be sure to shake the face wash before using, as the ingredients will naturally separate.

•    2 parts organic Liquid Castille Soap
•    2 parts Hydrosol (Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Rose, or Rosemary are great options), or distilled water
•    1/2 part organic Witch Hazel Extract
•    Optional additions: herbal extracts, essential oils, organic vegetable glycerin, or a carrier oil

Small batch with Tablespoons:

•    2 TBSP organic Liquid Castille Soap
•    2 TBSP Hydrosol (Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Rose, or Rosemary are great options), or distilled water
•    1/2 TBSP organic Witch Hazel Extract
•   Optional additions: herbal extracts, essential oils, organic vegetable glycerin, or a carrier oil

Large batch using cups:

•    2 cups organic Liquid Castille Soap
•    2 cups Hydrosol (Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Rose, or Rosemary are great options), or distilled water
•    1 cup organic Witch Hazel Extract
•    Optional additions: herbal extracts, essential oils, organic vegetable glycerin, or a carrier oil

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Topics: Natural Body Care Products, All recipes, New In The Shop

Irene

Written by Irene on July 3, 2013

Irene, Customer Experience Director, supervises the daily operations of all our customer-facing activities at Mountain Rose Herbs. She also serves on the board of directors for Eugene-based nonprofit Cascadia Wildlands, protecting our precious outdoors. When she isn’t ensuring your experience aligns with the goals and mission of our company, she can be found taking care of her adorable twin boys, crafting her own line of body care products, and even harvesting wild plants and gardening.