oh well it must be organic or wildcrafted as this contains 7-10 times the phytochemicals that cure and prevent disease. Not sure if what you bought is organic.
Type this into the search engine
gota kola organic bulk herbs
can also type
gota kola wildcrafted bulk herbs
I like mountain rose herbs as they sell 4 oz for just a little more than most sell one ounce
oh I looked and they are currently out of it here is one organic ounce for $1.05 and might find cheaper with searching..may want to order a little more so you have enough
cut and sifted herbs are always preferred over powdered as this can cause loss of volatile herbs
The best way to take herbs is in the form of a tincture
You would need to buy 80-100 proof vodka to make a tincture
After it settles the bottom half to 3/4 or more should be herbs and the top 25-50% liquid rather than a weaker blend
here is how to make a tincture
http://healingtools.tripod.com/tncmthd.html you do not need 100 proof vodka if you cannot find it use 80 proof
make sure the bottle is dark glass like brown, green or blue or store it in a paper bag or paint the outside of the bottle or store in a dark cupboard as light deteriorates it.
label it with contents and put an expiration date 5 years from the date you strained it but it will be good probably decades after that
if you can't find the coffee filters use a clean cotton pillowcase to squeeze out the liquid
buy a tincture bottle or reuse an old one,.,.that is one with an eyedropper top
they look like this
Transfer some from the big bottle to the tincture bottle for ease in taking it by dropper refilling as needed.
Though not as good 2nd best is a tea for hard parts of the plant like roots, bark, hard berries etc boil the herb in distilled or steam distilled water 15 minutes (always use distilled as it is empty and absorbs more of the healing compounds) this is called a decoction.
if is is the soft parts or the plant or a powder like leaves, flowers, soft berries, fresh make an infusion by pouring boiling water over the herbs like one does a tea and letting it steep a little while
We do not really know if the herb is raw or not as not sure what the manufacturer did but to keep raw one can make sun tea or even use warm water to steep it and it might still be raw if it was to begin with.
with the average tincture dose for herbs take 2 dropperfuls (60 drops) 3 to 6 times a day.
If you weigh more than 25 pounds one say or the other you will need more drops or less figure it out using Clarks rule for dosing by weight found here
I use suspect for teas one use the standard amount in teas maybe a few tsp per cup of water 3-6 times a day.
With the tincture one can just take from the bottle or if the taste is too bad, add a tbs or so of a strong juice like grape juice to mask the taste or one can use water to dilute it
I don't know much about DSMO
can you tell me more. What is it used for?