Outline for Herbal Monographs
Whether you are studied or new in botanical medicine, creating your own materia medica is one of my favorite ways to learn about the herbs.
Deciding what to put in your herb monograph is as individual as the herbalist writing it but I thought I would share here what my outline typically looks like.
Start with the common name you are familiar with, followed by the botanical name.
Other common names - plants will often have more than one, or if there are many with the same genus (like Viola), you can include them here with their species as well (like V. sororia)
Pinyin name (from the Botanical Safety Handbook, not all plants have this)
Element Association (you may have to look at magick blogs to find this but it is important for me)
Energetics (hot/cool, drying/moistening) and to what degree (western herbal energetics)
Properties - things like alterative, diuretic, vulnerary etc.
Key uses - conditions indicated for use
Pregnancy/lactation - is there any concerns for this
Herb/drug interactions - especially important in working with others
Preparations and doses
Sources (both book and online)
My thoughts/feelings/experiences (I find this important as well, it encourages you to have a relationship with the plant)
I find that handwriting the monograph before typing helps the information to stick in my brain a lot better. Its also why I prefer physical books to ebooks.
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