How to Make Herbal Decoctions

An herbal decoction is similar to making a simple infusion (herbs gently heated with a liquid such as water), only decoctions are typically used for transforming tougher plant material, such as bark, seeds, roots, stems, or berries. These herb materials need a more intense process to draw their active components out. Once you do, however, herbal decoctions are a delicious way to use your supplements. If you want to learn how to make decoctions, read on. Making herbal decoctions is a simple process, and many different herbs can be used.

Herbs to consider: Slippery Elm Bark, Wild Cherry Bark, Black Walnut Bark

Ingredients to Prepare Herbal Decoctions

1 oz. herbs - dried
3 cups of water

Recipe for Herb Preparation

First, boil the water. Next, add the herbs to the water and cover the pot. Reduce the heat to low, and let simmer for ten to fifteen minutes while covered. Turn off the heat, then leave the mixture, still covered, to soak for another ten minutes. Strain the mixture, then cool and use. An internal dose is typically a half of a cup, three times per day. Store the extra in a cool place, or in the refrigerator. Your decoctions can also be reheated and/or flavored with honey, if you desire.

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