Making a herbal profile of your own can be a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. It will ultimately give you a deep understanding of a dozen or so herbs that grow near your home. With them, you will be able to treat many commonly experienced diseases or, preferably, learn how to help resist their manifestation in the first place.
Some ideal choices in Britain would be oak, apple, yarrow, plantain, nettle, hawthorn, red clover, dandelion, and burdock. Only choose the very common ones, or you will defeat the main purpose of the herbal profile.
A ring binder, with clear plastic sheaths to protect pictures and writing alike, will be useful. Photograph, paint, draw (using color), or freshly press the herb. You can buy a flower press or make your own from particle board, rigid poles, and wing nuts with cardstock and blotting paper. A press is ideal for keeping at home, but too bulky to take out into the field, except by car.
If you want to make your own large but more portable flower press, construct it to the herbarium size of approximately 17 by 11 inches, and make it with 11 ⁄4-inch squares using 3 ⁄4-inch slatted wood. To create layers, you will require quantities of blotting paper with paper towel and cardstock.
To tighten your press, you will need to use fixed Velcro luggage straps (or something like a horse girth with clasps, capable of expanding to any width, is ideal). Small or large numbers of plant specimens may have to be accommodated at times in the press, so this ability to open, close, tighten, and loosen is vital.
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