Ways to Prepare and Use Herbs
Infusions: Boil one cup of water. Place one teaspoon of dried herbs in a cup or container to and pour the boiling water over the herbs. Cover and let it steep for 15 minutes. Stir, let settle, strain and let cool down to drinkable temperature. Never drink the tea boiling hot! Alternatively use one ounce of the herbs to one pint of water.
Cold Infusions: Some herbs (Mallow, Calamus, Mistletoe) may not be boiled as their healing power is lost through the influence of heat. These plants are steeped in cold water for twelve hours, and then warmed to drinking temperature.
Decoctions Roots, barks, seeds, etc. are normally prepared as decoctions by boiling them in water for a considerable length of time. This is necessary to extract the active ingredients from them. Preparation: Place one ounce of roots, bark or seeds in one-and-half pints of cold water. Cover and let boil for half an hour and then steep for another half an hour. Strain, cool and drink, or store in glass jar in refrigerator for future use. While teas should be made fresh every day, decoctions can be stored for about one week.
Tinctures are made by soaking herbs in alcohol (brandy, vodka) for 10 to 14 days; the bottle or a jar should be shaken every day. After that the contents are strained and the tincture is bottled for future use.
Layers of several fresh whole leaves are placed directly on the affected part of the body (joints, abdomen, etc) then covered with and wrapped with a piece of cloth. Such a poultice "draws" the disease out of the affected part and soothes the pain.
Read about herb baths, how to gather and dry herbs, etc. in "How to Get well" by Paavo Airola, Ph.D.Alternative Reading: Health through God's Pharmacy
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