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Guidelines for safe use of herbal remedies for the consumer and the nurse to educate

  Clarify a correct diagnosis from a health care provider to rule out serious illness.

  Evaluate the consumer's  knowledge and comfort level with the use of herbs.

  Buy herbs from a reputable source/manufacture.

  Seek knowledgeable sources for information on herbal remedies.

  Avoid herbs during pregnancy especially  during the 1st trimester of pregnancy or if trying to get pregnant.

  Do not take if lactating.

  Do not give herbs to ababy or young children.

Keep out of reach from children. 

  Do not take a large quantity of any one herbal remedy.

  Only herbs buy when the plants and their quantities are listed on the packet (no guarantee of safety)

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