Friday, May 17, 2013

How To Make Herbal Infusions And Decoctions




Herbal Infusion

An herbal infusion is simply a tea made from the flowers, leaves, and seeds of dried or fresh herbs.
To make your own,
  • pour one cup of boiling water over 1 - 2 teaspoons of dried (or 2-4 tsp. of fresh) herbs,
  • cover and allow them to steep for ten to fifteen minutes
  • then strain.
  • For the strongest infusion, steep the herbs until the water has cooled to room temperature.
You can also apply an infusion directly to your skin, or add it to a bath. Infusions will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Decoction
A decoction is a tea made from the tough parts of a plant, such as the roots or bark. Similar to an infusion, a decoction is made the following way:
  • Simmer 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herbs in a pot of water for about fifteen to twenty minutes
  • Be sure the pot is covered.
  • Then strain.
  • As with an infusion, if you want a stronger preparation, allow it to steep until it is cooled before straining



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