Making a Decoction

Making a Decoction of herbs requires a little more effort then making an infusion. Infusions are made when using flowers or leaves of a plant. However, if you want to use the bark, seed, or root of a plant it is necessary to use a stronger method of water extraction - a Decoction.


To make one cup of herbal tea, you need one small handful of the herb or herb mix if it is fresh (always the best) or one heaped teaspoon if it is dry and one mug of cold water. If you want to make three cups use 25 grams of the herb to 3/4 of a litre of cold water. Place the herb in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, and then turn the heat down a little and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes. Strain first, and drink while it is still hot.

Another way of making a Decoction is the the cold method..................................

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