off topic somewhat but regarding dried herbs as a medicine:
pre--packaged,they are wholly ineffective. First you should grow and
dry them yourself,or obtain them from the grower so you have a clue
as to their strength. then once dried the essential oils ( which are
the active ingredients) evaporate readily..so their shelf life is
quite limited and efficacy decreases rapidly with each day exposed
to an over 70 degree Fahrenheit ( actually 65 but I'm being lenient).
Then they are, enclosed in a protein or gelatine based capsule so
your body produces a bit of extra hydrochloric acid in their
digestion,which in turn renders any remaining oils,after storing for
x amount of time, useless. then the body is left with some lignins &
cellulose containing chlorophyll,sometimes tannins and x amount of
the original oil you sought for the specific conditioni
if it is in the form of a tincture you are better using the plant's
potential for healing properties. Fresh herbs have drawbacks
too,unless you can stomach the heavy chloropyhillin ". green " taste
then more of the active principal is readily available by juicing
the herb, or making an infusion, or in rare cases boiling it in a
covered enamel or glass vessel- you don't want to boil away the oils
in that class of shrubby plants, roots and barks that would require
boiling. if you tellme the specific herbs being considered I'll be
happy to tell you the best way to process them.
R. E. R.