Herbal Remedies You Can Make
Making your own herbal remedies can be a simple and
effective way to treat common ailments at home. There are many
ways to prepare herbs and create effective herbal remedies.
The most popular ways to prepare herbal remedies include
infusion, decoction, tincture, and syrup. Here is a brief
overview of the most popular methods of preparing herbal
Infusion is perhaps the most popular way to prepare herbs
into herbal remedies that can be consumed quickly and easily.
Most of the time, infusion is made in much the same way as hot
To create a healing herbal infusion, simply put the herb (or
herbs) that you are working with in a pot with a closed,
tight-fitting lid, and then pour hot water over the herbs you
are working with. Infuse the herbs for at least ten
To strain your tea, simply pour the infusion through a nylon
sieve or a strainer into a teacup or mug. You can store any
leftover of the infusion in a cool place and then heat it up
again later, but avoid drinking any infusions that are not
fresh or almost fresh.
A decoction is a method that has to do with extracting a
plant's active ingredients in a more vigorous manner than an
infusion. Most decoctions are made from the twigs, barks, roots
and berries of plants. To make a decoction, simply heat herb
you are working with in cold water.
Simmer it for about an hour. Then strain the bark, twigs,
roots or berries with a strainer. You can take a decoction
either hot or cold, but you should always make sure that it
should be consumed fresh.
Making an herbal tincture can be a little more complicated.
To make an herbal tincture requires a little planning. First,
put the herb that you are working with in a large jar and cover
the herb with a mixture of vodka (rum can also be used,
although vodka is ideal) and water.
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The mixture should contain at least 25 percent alcohol. Then
you can seal the jar and store it in a cool dry place. The
tincture should be stored for up to two weeks, and you should
make sure to shake the jar occasionally. After the two week
waiting period, you should press the mixture through a wine
press and collect the tincture in a jug, Then use a funnel to
strain the liquid into a dark bottle.
Many herbs can be prepared into palatable and
effective healing syrups. First, simply heat about two cups of
a standard herbal infusion in a medium-sized saucepan. Then add
roughly 500 grams of honey or sugar and stir until the
sweetener has dissolved completely.
If you find yourself forgetting things, then
a drop or two of sage oil on the wrist or neck
can help a long way.
Menstrual pains and premenstrual headaches
can be greatly reduced with a sage, lavender
and geranium mix of essential oils in a sweet
almond carrier oil.
After the ingredients have been combined, allow
the mixture to sit and cool. Then simply pour the syrup into a
dark bottle and store in a dry and cool location. Make certain
to seal the bottle with a cork stopper. Syrups ferment quickly
enough, so it is particularly important to seal the bottle with
a cork stopper.