Here is my thought on how to make the natural medicine badge very useful without potentially doing harm. I will first start off by saying that I have no knowledge on this subject so I am just speaking as someone who is very motivated to learn about it. Considering that about 210,000 people die each year from medical mistakes, learning how to make our own medicine from plants growing organically on our property seems like a worthy goal. It needs to be emphasized that we should consult with a doctor when in doubt and not take any recommendations made here as actual medical advice.
So, as part of the Sand badge, to be continued with each level, one should have to start a journal to be split in four? sections. The first section should have a page for each herb used including parts of plant to be used, what it can be used for, can it be used internally or externally, dosages, contraindications, etc. The next section can have formulas for tinctures, then a section for teas, another for salves and whatever else we will be making. So if for instance we have to make a calendula salve, we would have to add two pages to the journal. One for directions to make the salve, including review on how it worked, when and for whom. The other page would have all the information on calendula and what parts can be used, etc. So we would take pictures of making the salve and pictures of each page in the journal.
We could also be assigned all or part of a book or website to be read with a quiz.
Just my two cents. This is what I will be doing anyway, I just love getting credit for stuff!