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Question: in the Journal we're supposed to make a tab 'Infusions' and another tab 'Teas'. Why is that? Isn't a 'tea' an infusion in hot water?

When I ask my mother, she says that tea is only tea if it comes from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). When another herb or mixture of herbs is used, it's an infusion.

In that case we can't make real tea here, because the Camellia sinensis only grows in Asian countries like India.
 
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Hi Inge, this seems like a good question worthy of addressing.

I'm not knowledgeable enough to answer you; but let me see if I can find someone who is.
 
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Hi guys, I've used Trello for my journal/organising system, hope that's ok? I've posted 2 shots of the Trello board that have the columns labelled with the categories, so essentially my index. As you can see I've started adding in a few entries - I can also add photos and also reminders - might be handy for harvesting or if I'm running out of something. For example, I made some bizarrely tasty garlic honey from a recipe that I've used over the cold season and it's now pretty depleted, so I could put in a reminder there to make some more :) Anyway, the 3rd shot is of the 'open' journal, in the sense of showing one of the entries that is open. I guess this could be used out in the field if you have a Trello app on your phone. Hope this works - I find it really user friendly. Cheers!

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Yay for trello!
 
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brad millar wrote:I use a recipe app for cooking. I thought it would work well for the natural medicine journal. I like the fact that I can add pictures of the herb I’m harvesting and I can add tag words that are searchable for later reference. The apps name is “OrganizEat.” ...


Thanks, Brad!  I was dreading the idea of more paper to keep track of and have hated "recipe books" for years.  I opened OrganizEat and was quickly able to add my index to the list of folders that come standard - and in settings, I can manually sort them and delete ones that aren't relevant to my herbs or "regular" recipes I might want to add.

I was able to add tags to the recipes and choose or change the emblem that goes on the folder index page.  I am really liking this!

Here are my photos for this badge bit:

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Here is my index page.
Here is my index page.
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Information on Peppermint as an herb - more general info with out a recipe.
Information on Peppermint as an herb - more general info with out a recipe.
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more information on Peppermint as an herb
more information on Peppermint as an herb
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and more information on Peppermint as an herb - I have about six pages worth of info on the peppermint card.
and more information on Peppermint as an herb - I have about six pages worth of info on the peppermint card.
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Peppermint Tea Recipe
Peppermint Tea Recipe
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For my Natural Medicine Journal, I am using "Option 4: Create a box or file cabinet with folders for the information."
My files are a hybrid of (low-tech) index cards and (high-tech) computer documents and spreadsheets. The basic structure is based on David Allen's Getting Things Done planning system
https://gettingthingsdone.com/2009/07/paper-is-king-for-some/,
as implemented by Merlin Mann's "Hipster PDA"
http://www.43folders.com/2004/09/03/introducing-the-hipster-pda.
The first two images, below, show my index-card filing system with sections for herbs in my garden or kitchen, for remedies by symptom, and for preparations by type. Two additional images show my basic gtd index-card working file and an archive file for ongoing herb-related projects.
One screenshot from my pc shows an example of an archived file for Lemon Balm Medicinal Uses. Another screenshot shows a spreadsheet section for information on sowing to harvesting for medicinal herbs I've grown from seed. Other herb-related tracking spreadsheets not shown include propagation by cuttings, costs of production for remedies, etc.
The index-card system is highly portable - not dependent on electricity or Internet access. I can binder-clip a group of cards together to take out to the garden or on the road and can easily reorganize the cards later for reference. I don't have to protect my cards from moisture like I would have to protect my cell phone, and I don't have to keep them charged, so they can go with me wherever I want to go.
I use plain 3" x 5" cards in a "portrait" orientation. My archive file boxes are magazine files and housewares boxes from the Dollar Tree. I make my dividers from 8.5" x 11" card stock cut into six sections of roughly 2.75" x 5.5" each. The computer files and spreadsheets are organized to complement the index-card system.
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Archive of information on Herbs in my garden or kitchen, organized by genus and species, with characteristics, culture, harvest, and propagation notes.
Archive of information on Herbs in my garden or kitchen, organized by genus and species, with characteristics, culture, harvest, and propagation notes.
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Cross-referenced Herbal Remedies archive, organized by symptom treated.
Cross-referenced Herbal Remedies archive, organized by symptom treated.
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My basic gtd working file, with "next actions" grouped by season and project. Seed-sowing, Propagation by Cuttings, and Harvesting have separate sections.
My basic gtd working file, with "next actions" (i.e. tasks and lists).
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Ongoing herb-related projects like "Native Medicinals" or "Beekeeping" have their own sections.
Ongoing herb-related projects like developing a native medicinal herb collection and beekeeping for beeswax and honey production.
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Lemon Balm medicinal uses - an example of information filed in my pc.
Lemon Balm medicinal uses - an example of information filed in my pc.
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This section of a spreadsheet how seed-sowing to harvest information is organized for medicinal herbs I've grown from seed.
This section of a spreadsheet shows how seed-sowing to harvest information is organized for medicinal herbs I've grown from seed.
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Here is a picture of my Natural Medicine Journal in OneNote, showing the first section Herbs.

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Here is my BB attempt!

I used a recipe/cue card box:



Below is an example of an entry. The main label will be in Ink. Each section will be a different colour. The rest will be in pencil so I can make changes/updates/notes. If I don't have enough space on one card I'll have the number of cards written in the bottom right corner to indicate multiple cards.

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i normally keep most of my stuff online, but lately i've just wanted to share it with friends, and folks when I do some teaching, so I started printing it out, and put it all in this binder. I don't have a nice pretty cover page yet, I just have it colour so I can quickly ID it with my silly title. I also think as I add more and more to this book, I will need to change the labeling system but as for now, it completely use able by me, I can find thing quickly.  I think I might take a page from the 1800 medical home books, and build this guide into sections even though they repeat themselves a lot. More info is never a bad things. I'm so glad I started this BB it's getting me inspired to do more this winter once I'm inside and not working on  the many project on the farmlab.

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Natural Medicine Journal
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Here is my fledgling journal:
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I stuck with writing out a basic recipe for each type of remedy (poultice, infusion, etc.) and started compiling a list of what the herbs I currently have in my yard can be used for. The individual herb pages have more directions for creating the remedies if the basic recipe is not sufficient. (Example shown on the Juniper page for infusions)

So, I hope this is okay for the badge criteria. I have the basic recipes in the front and tabs to organize my herbs A-Z in the back.

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brad millar wrote:I thought it would work well for the natural medicine journal.



I thought this was genius as well. It has a phone and web app so I can quickly add info from the web and pics from my phone. Very clever, Brad! Happy to finally have an easy way to access a bunch of the info I have on my computer when I'm on the go.
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I created my natural medicine reference journal using OneNote on OneDrive so I can access it from anywhere, such as from my Android phone.  So far I only have a single entry, but that will soon grow.
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Photo of indexing system (dividers, index).
Photo of indexing system (dividers, index).
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Photo of open journal.
Photo of open journal.
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Photo of journal page.
Photo of journal page.
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Since my family is living in an RV, I prefer to do my journal electronically since I don’t have a lot of space to put things. I chose to use the program OneNote because it is easy to add extra pages and move things around. It’s also simple to organize, and I can easily take it into the field either on my tablet or my phone. (This is also my first attempt at a BB, so hopefully it works correctly!)

The first picture is the homepage to my Natural Medicine Journal, and you can see the divisions with the color tabs.

The second picture shows what’s in the Infusions_ Teas section, under the Hot Infusions Page.

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Natural Medicine Journal
Natural Medicine Journal
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Infustiins_Teas Section open time Hot Infusions page
Infustiins_Teas Section open time Hot Infusions page
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Here’s my natural medicine journal... everything from existing stuff hanging around in my home office.
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Indexing system
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I’m adding this to my bullet journal!  I’m looking forward to learning more about natural medicines.  
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Index page and legend
Index page and legend
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Page 1 herbs
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I followed Brad's idea and used the app "OrganizEat" to set up my natural medicine journal. It's a great idea because I know very little about natural medicine so using this journal will help me keep track of all the information.
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Main screen with sections
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Peppermint entry
Peppermint entry
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Love the bullet journal idea, I have several old notebooks and I'm transitioning away from binders. Gave my boyfriend's old German notebook a second life, I love the colors and he never did write in it. Cover says "exercises" in German, the colors are my attempt to doodle that into insignificance for the new natural medicinal journal.
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I don't have much in the way of content for my journal yet, so hopefully this will suffice. I've set is up in a Google Doc as I keep most of my files this way. They are accessible on any device, and cam be made available offline if your are out in the field. Rather than tabs I have a table of contents that hyperlink to the section. It will automatically update as things get added or changed.
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The Table of Contents with hyperlinks
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An example of what one of the sections could look like
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Managing a Journal on the computer is easier for me as well. Using Google Docs I can have access at any computer as well as my phone. I can export in most any other format or print/pdf. It allows searching and update-able table of contents.
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Kevin's Natural Medicine Journal
Kevin's Natural Medicine Journal
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Kevin's Natural Medicine Table of Contents
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Hey everyone, the Natural Medicine badge is nearing completion (work done by a number of people).  There is a high likelihood that this particular BB will be going away once the badge is finished.  Feel free to complete it but you might not want to spend too much time or money on it if you're only doing it for purposes of getting a BB.
 
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This may evolve as I gather more information, started with this simple one. I like to write things down so choose a physical option.
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My journal! The tabs are lettered and color-coordinate with the list of sections on front.
My journal! The tabs are lettered and color-coordinate with the list of sections on front.
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Individual tabs, starting with the badge bits that will probably be my starting point!
Individual tabs, starting with the badge bits that will probably be my starting point!
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I made my Natural Medicine Diary in a word doc for ease of editing & searchability. It could be printed out & taken with me if I so desired. It is by no means finished, if it ever will be; there is so much to learn & document.
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The Natural Medicine badge was revised recently and this BB was removed.  People can still complete it if they want but it doesn't count towards the badge any more.  Sorry!
 
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Since this is no longer a part of the badge, does that mean that other Natural Medicine BB's that say something along the lines of 'Show your journal entry describing the uses & attributes of the herb ...' no longer require the journal entry? Ex:

Jennifer Richardson wrote:
- a picture or copy of your journal entry listing the uses and attributes of the herb and notes about how to identify and/or grow it and when/how to best harvest it

from https://permies.com/t/152246/pep-natural-medicine/PEP-BB-medicine-sand-dryhorsetail
 
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Yes, we'll have to get those requirements removed.  Thanks!
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Yes, we'll have to get those requirements removed.  Thanks!



Oh good. Making a journal entry for my oregano tincture was the only thing keeping me from submitting the BB!
 
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Mike, why is the journal requirement being removed? I've been doing herbal medicine since the mid 80s and my notes have been extremely valuable since my memory isn't always perfect especially for specific formulations.

For me, this requirement is probably the most important and useful of the natural medicine curriculum.
 
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I'm not fully involved with the whys and wherefores of this badge but I'm thinking it's because Paul doesn't care for documentation tasks that much.  He'd rather see your skills in making the concoctions and using them vs. writing about it.  I think.

You're more than welcome to keep a journal, of course.  
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