Making a decoction with healing herbs is simply another way of making herbal tea.
Herbal tea steeped in a cup for 10 - 20 minutes is done with the tender parts of a plant, the flowers and the leaves.
For teas made from roots, bark and berries, a longer process is needed, more time in hot water to extract the constituents.
(The exception to this rule is roots that are very high in volatile oils such as Valerian and Golden Seal).
Now, let's get busy. Put the water in the pot first, then add your herbs. Add ingredients the same as when making tea, 1-2 t. per cup of water, x4 for a quart. Bring it to a boil, then gently simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes.
Just as you need to put a lid on your herbal teas, put a lid on the pot so you don't loose those volatile oils. Bring it to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes to extract the constituents from those fibrous parts. When done, strain and drink your herbal decoction.
Herbal Infusion. An herbal infusion, simply put, is a really strong herbal tea. And it just as simple to make as regular herbal tea but much more practical than making just one cup at a time.
This time you are going to start with:
If you are using dried herbs you need one ounce of herb.
If fresh, fill the jar one-third full loosely. (Remember that herbs have different properties and you may want to adjust the amount to your personal preferance or need.
Pour boiling water over the top until the jar is full. Screw the lid on so that the volatile oils do not evaporate.
Allow the infusion to steep for at least four hours. This gives it time to extract most of its constituents. Leave it over night for the best extraction.
Remember: Drink what you make within 36 hours. After that it may no longer be suited for drinking. You can use it for rinsing your hair (it really makes your hair feel clean and silky) or use it to water your plants.
To drink your herbal tea, you may want to add honey, stevia, lemon, cinnamon, cream, or any other way you prefer it. Adding herbs that are known for their good taste such as peppermint, licorice, or lemon balm or lemon verbena is also an option.
Have fun and enjoy your tea.Return from Making Decoctions and Infusions to Making Herbal Tea
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