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 a Decoction
- Take 60g fresh herbs or 30g dried herbs and crush with a pestle and mortar.
- Place in an enamel or stainless steel pan and add 750ml cold water. Bring to the boil and gently simmer for 20-30 minuets until the volume of liquid has reduced by a third.
- Remove pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Strain through a sieve into a jug.
- Pour into a teacup, sipping slowly. A little honey or lemon juice can be added if desired. About three cups a day is a handy intake.
Making a decoction involves simmering herbs in a saucepan before straining the liquid through a sieve. Decoctions can be stored in a covered jug in a refrigerator or a cool place. They can be used up to 48 hours after being made.
Sedative Infusion – A nightcap of this blend of sedative herbs will promote relaxation and a restful night’s sleep.
- Add 10g each of dried chamomile, lemon balm and linden flowers to a warmed teapot. Infuse in 300ml hot water for 5-10 minutes.
- The beneficial effects of these soothing herbs are cumulative, so make this tea as part of your bedtime routine every night.