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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this badge bit, you will create a journal that you will continue to add your natural medicine knowledge to. This will be a place for you to refer to and to document information you have gleaned.

Requirements: It must be a system that you can add more content to as your experience with Natural Medicine increases and be easily referencable when you need to look stuff up.  


These are the three journal options we've come up with so far:
Option 1: Get a binder or some other sort of journal-thing that you can add pages to. Get 7 sheets of paper (preferably with tabs or someway to easily locate them). Label your dividers with the following sections.
Option 2: Get a notebook and create a flexible index system like a Bullet Journal.  Make certain it is easy to look up the information in the future.
Option 3: Create an electronic system that allows for more information to be added and searched (maybe it can be something that can be taken out into the field.)

Label the sections (These can be as pretty or boring as you like):
 - Herbs
 - Infusions
 - Teas
 - Salves
 - Syrups
 - Poultices
 - Tinctures
 - Decoction

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
 - photo of your indexing system (dividers, index)
 - photo of your open journal
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Here is my journal.
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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I would like to do this...

...but...

I do not do well with systems where I shuffle/add pages to it.  (I would also have to buy stuff - since I don't do well with these systems, I don't buy them.  It would be better if I could work with what I already have)

I want to do a bullet Journal (BuJo) system.

What if we changed this to be: set up a journal that is easily referenced.  It could be a system with dividers or an indexing system like a bujo
 
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I think as long as the system is organized, and you can show pictures of how it's organized and that it exists, and is able to be added to, that should be fine!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I think as long as the system is organized, and you can show pictures of how it's organized and that it exists, and is able to be added to, that should be fine!



The question is, how would we describe this in the requirements?

It definitely has to be a system that is useful for looking up stuff later.
 
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I have it on the computer, but also print it out occasionally as I update it a lot. My is organized by useful herbs for body systems though, not by the method of making medicine. On the computer I simply have documents for each ailment or group of ailments.
 
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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.” It’s free for the first 200 recipes I believe. Pay no attention to the top row of categories. Those are stock on the app.
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adding medicines to My Recipes app
adding medicines to My Recipes app
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example dandelions under herbs
example dandelions under herbs
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adding pictures
adding pictures
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add the medicinal
add the medicinal
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details
details
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more details
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recipe
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My Natural Medicine Journal
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Binder
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Dividers
Dividers
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I want this journal to be useful to me as I learn to incorporate the herbs I grow in my garden as medicine to heal my family. The index includes Herbs, with alphabetized sections for different herbs; How to make, which includes the list of different preparation methods; Illnesses, for quick references on what herbs and methods work for that illness; Planting guide, my reference for where the herb was planted in my garden and how it survived; and finally Resources, where did I get the seeds, plants and extras to make the medicine.

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front, daughter did the picture
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How to make
How to make
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resources, planting guide
resources, planting guide
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herbs with ABC and Illness
herbs with ABC and Illness
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My main reference for natural medicines is a book from a trusted herbalist.  Much of what I need is already in that book.  Would it work to just come up with a way to add to the book with additional information?  Like taping or stapling notes onto specific pages?
 
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That's a hard question to answer. A big reason that our herbalists here on permies wanted a journal, was for the learning process of processing the info yourself. If we just copy it or refer to it, we're not learning nearly as much as if we write it down and process it.

The main reason Paul wanted it was so that people could record observations on their own land of how the herbs could be used. It would be a resource to show to Otis that you do know this stuff enough to have formed your own reference journal. Having a book in your  possession doesn't show Otis that you know the stuff. Having your own journal that's organized with all your notes and recipes, does.

Honestly, I'd (Paul might say differently!) lean against just using a book you purchased and adding more pages.  But, you can totally use that information to make your own pages.

Think of it like back in school. Teachers didn't let us get away with just referencing a book full of info--they wanted their essay to show you actually read it and are able to process the info. I'm thinking you could write the bare minimum on your pages and put page numbers for reference to the book you like.
 
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Fair enough, that makes sense.  I'll see what I can come up with without having to buy anything.  Thanks Nicole!
 
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I have many herbal books sitting on the shelf gathering dust because they covered such a wide range of herbs, I was overwhelmed.  Creating the journal specific to herbs I am growing on our property has helped to focus my efforts. In the process, I have taken the books off the shelf and cut them up to put together my journal. The knowledge was always there but I have taken ownership. I also realized as I tried to find  information that some herbal books were combining so many herbs into complex formulas that were beyond my current ability.  These books have been put back on the shelf so I am not distracted from the baby steps of learning how to use the herbs I can grow as medicine. As I attempt more infusions, salves and tinctures I will be able to record the results and move beyond the cut and paste of basic information. The journal will become mine.  
 
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Ok, I started my journal.  I didn't have a paper journal laying around that would work for this so I went with a computerized version.  It's in Open Office (free MS Word knock off).  Much like my other computer documents, I just use different size text for the headings and scroll around alphabetically to find what I'm after.  If I could figure out how to do hyperlinks within the document it would be even better.  I doubt it will get much longer than 10 pages and I can easily handle that with my normal organizational strategies.

First picture is of the start of the document with the index or table of contents.  Some day these might hyperlink to the section below.  Right below it the "Herbs A-Z" section begins.

Second picture is of the Infusion and Salve sections.

Philosophically, I'm going to put a basic salve recipe in the Salve section.  A complicated, multi ingredient salve would go in there too.  A specific salve for a special herb would go in that herb's section.  If I change my mind, it's easy to cut/paste them to another place in the document.
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Infusion and Salve page
Infusion and Salve page
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I hope everyone is having a good day!

I have a problem with the Natural Medicine Journal requirement of having 2 seperate sections on the same brew, that of TEAS, and INFUSIONS, as they are the same thing. So either I'm leaving teas out or someone needs to explain to me why the redundancy. A third term for the same thing is TISANE but that has not been included as a section. True TEA is Camellia sinensis, as I'm sure you all know. Anything else is an infusion of the herb(s) into a drink we commonly call tea.

Please help me understand. Thanks in Advance!

Otherwise I am beginning a new notebook on this subject just for the badge. I have one on the all natural herbal ointment I make and the properties of the ingredients that is all hand written (done before I had a computer!). If that could be used in part for this, I'd be quite happy!! If I can locate it. hahaha

 
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I helped in forming the badge, but I acted as more of a facilitator than an expert (of which I am not). I used the terms that those more experienced in herbal medicine gave me.

And, looking at the badge page https://permies.com/wiki/108662/PEP-Badge-Natural-Medicine, there actually isn't any badge bits currently for tea, and so we might not even need that listed. You could name the section "tisane," if you'd like, too.

Infusions appear to be anything steeped for a long time in either oil, water, or vinegar. Teas are steeped generally for a short time. Decoction, I believe, is generally for roots. But, like I said, I'm no expert.

Perhaps someone with more knowledge than me will chime in.
 
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I created my Natural Medicine Journal in OneNote. Mostly I will be using it on my PC, but if I need to I can access it from my phone or laptop.

I just got an apothecary book for my birthday too, so I'm really looking forward to adding to my journal :)
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My journal is simply a Google doc, which is how I organize most of my documents. I made it available offline so I can use/update it in the field, and it is searchable through the “find” function.
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Finally got my Natural Medicine Journal made! ...only to find out that the hole puncher was broken. But it's all still contained and organized!
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Table of Contents and divider tabs--silly camera keeps thinking the picture goes one way, instead of the other. And the file won't go horizontal.
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Open journal
Open journal
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