Herbs forum: Blending Herbs

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Feb 17, 2018 10:21 AM CST
Hi. I haven't started an herbal garden yet, I'm still doing research.
I was wondering which herbs you can mix and which you cannot. Is there a particular guideline?
I'm assuming anything in the mint family can be mixed without problems?
Could I mix rosemary with bacopa in a tea to help improve cognitive abilities and memory? Or bacopa with ginseng?
Could I mix calendula, plantain, and comfrey together for a healing salve?
And valerian with chamomile, lavender, and california poppy? Sorry, but I'm not drinking a tea that tastes like dirty socks.
Or horebound, rhodiola, and crocus sativus? Maybe not all of those, but still.
I know that sometimes one herb can be more potent, and I don't want to blend things too often anyway, but for certain remedies they should be.
Thanks in advance.
Name: Caroline Scott
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Jun 24, 2018 8:05 AM CST
I would think that one should consult a good herb book on what can be combined. The chemicals in the herbs could react with one another. Also they may have cumulative effects in the body or one herb may make another more potent.

There are some tried and true combinations in the culinary world.
For example Bouquet Garni .

I expect that there are tried and true combinations for health.
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Jun 25, 2018 6:59 AM CST
I've seen the herbs you mention combined together in formulas several different sourches.
The general rule on blending herbs is to not blend herbs that would cancel each other out in action.
Before blending any herb with another make a tea with each one and try it to see how your body reacts to it. That way you will learn which ones work best for you and which ones you should avoid.
Then you will know which herbs you can work with for blending
Good luck and have fun

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