Herbal Teas – The process of preparing an herbal tea with leaves and flowers of herbs is known as infusion. To prepare an infusion, one cup or approximately 230 ml of water should be boiled in a non-aluminum vessel. Once boiled, the vessel should be removed from heat.
After removing from heat add one or two teaspoons of prescribed dried or fresh herb in hot water and cover it. The vessel should be left covered for a minimum of 10 minutes and then strained using a muslin cloth. The herbal teas should be immediately consumed for optimum gain.
Decoction – A blend prepared with roots and barks of a herb is known as decoction. To prepare a decoction, approximately 5 gm of dried herb’s root or bark should be simmered in a cup of boiling water.
After adding herbs to boiling water, it should be left covered for at least 25 minutes and then strained using a muslin cloth. A decoction can be stored in a refrigerator for a maximum of four days. Strained herbs should not be used again.
Tinctures – The best way to prepare an herbal tincture is to chop or grind the herbs together. After grinding or chopping, herbs should be placed in a clean and dry glass jar filled with vodka or vegetable glycerin. It is recommended to store the jar for a month in a cool and dry place away from light. Shaking a jar once a month results in a high quality tincture.
After a month, the herbs should be strained using a muslin cloth prior to consumption. The tincture can be stored for a maximum of 5 years, if kept in dark glass bottles. Tinctures prepared with vegetable glycerin are known to have a shorter life of 2-3 years.
Poultice – An herbal poultice is referred to direct application of herbs on skin to promote the healing effects of herbs. To prepare an herbal poultice, a blend of crushed dried or fresh herbs should be mixed in hot water, apple cider vinegar or essential oils.
Plantain leaves or a soft cloth should be used to hold to this blend together. A poultice made up of chopped carrots is known for its outstanding effects to treat the bruises of skin.
Compresses – A hot or cold compress is prepared by soaking a towel in hot or cold herbal tea. This is applied directly on the swelled or affected area over skin.