Keep Things Clean

There is one hard-and-fast mle in making herbal products for both internal and external use: lie sure that all of your equipment and ingredients are clean. Sterilize storage containers or wash them well with hot, soapy water. When a recipe calls for cookware, use glass or stainless steel pans. Aluminum can react with some herbs and with ingredients like vinegar.

Most herbalists prefer to use ceramic or glass containers to mix and store herbal products. However, it's fine to put a monthly supply of your homemade cosmetics in plastic containers to avoid the chance of broken glass. Be sure to label your homemade herbal products, including both the date and contents.

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