Making an Herbal Decoction
Herbal Decoction

Making an Herbal Decoction


Decoctions are much stronger than infusions. Hard herbs like seeds, roots, barks and stems are best used in decoctions. Chopping, grinding or crushing your herbs before boiling is helpful but not necessary. Coffee grinders work well for grinding. Ground herbs should be uses quickly as they have a shorter shelf life than whole herbs. Decoctions can be stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 72 hours. They should be used soon after making.
 

  1. Place one quarter ounce of dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water and simmer for twenty minutes

  2. Always use stainless steel or enamel, never aluminum

  3. Keep covered tightly to avoid losing the essential oils and other important components of the herb through evaporation

  4. Simmer for twenty to thirty minutes

  5. Remove from heat

  6. You can either strain your decoction now or let the herb steep longer, as long as overnight

Other Herbal Preparations

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  • Capsules are made using dry powdered herbs.
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