Making Herbal Remedies
Preparing your own home made herbal infusions and decoction is not difficult. All you need to do is follow these simple step-by-step instructions.
Simple Steps to Make an Infusion
A restorative infusion can be made in five simple steps :
- Choose a glass, enamel or porcelain teapot with a tight fitting lid. Warm the teapot with hot water and then empty.
- Add 70g finely chopped fresh herbs or 25g dried herbs into the teapot.
- Pour over 500ml of hot (not boiling) water and cover with the lid. Leave for 5-10 minutes for the herbs to properly infuse.
- Strain some of the liquid through a tea strainer into a teacup, and the remaining fluid into a jug.
- Sip slowly, adding a little honey to sweeten if desired.
This infusion is sufficient for three doses and can be stored in an airtight container, in a cool place, for up to 48 hours. A teapot, fresh or dried herbs and a little honey is all that is needed for an infusion.
Warming Infusion – This warming, cold busting decoction will keep respiratory infections at bay.
- Break 2-3 long cinnamon sticks into pieces. Peel and slice 4cm ginger root. Simmer the spices in 500ml water for 15-20 minutes. Strain and add a tablespoon of honey.
- Drink 2-3 cups a day during a cold to strengthen and warm the body. The honey has the added benefit of being antiviral.