Preparations Research

1. Decoction
The herbal decoction is made using the bark, seeds, and root of the herb. Because these harder parts of the herb are used, it must simmer rather than steep for at least 10 minutes. To make a decoction the first thing to do is decide why you are making it so you can decide what herb or herbs to use. Place the herb in the bottom of a pan and add the solvent. Usually for a dried herb one would use about two teaspoons to every pint of solvent and for fresh herbs one would use two tablespoons of the herb to every pint of solvent. This would be simmered on the stove for at least 10 minutes but could be longer. Once the time is up, you would strain the herb out with a sieve the add enough fresh water so that you again have 1 pint. This can be stored for up to 3 days in a air tight container in the refrigerator.

Culinary Lore What's the difference between a Tisane and a Decoction Author Erict_CulinaryLore ... decoction/
Savy Homemade Making a Herbal Infusion or Decoction Author Angela Wills ... decoction/
Traditional Cooking School How to Make (And Use) an Herbal Decoction Author Stacy Karen ... decoction/

2. Poultice
For a poultice, the herbs need to be made into a paste so that it can be put on a cloth or on the skin directly. To make the poultice one would either use a morter and pestle or a food processor with a little water to make the herb into a paste. Once the paste is made it would either be put directly on the skin or wound or applied to a clean cloth that would be applied to the affected area. The cloth can also be wrapped to keep it in place for 10 min up to 3 hours and changed as needed.

Biostar The Healing Art of the Poultice Author Tigger Montague ... e-poultice
Healthline What is a Poultice and How Can I Use it to Relieve Inflammation Author Adrienne Santos-Longhurst
The Wellness Mama How to Make and Use an Herbal Poultice Author Katie Wells

3. Syrup
A syrup is made with your herbs of choice, water, and honey. A good syrup to have on hand in the winter would be a herbal cough syrup. To make a syrup you would first make a decoction with the herbs you are using. Once the decoction is done you would reduce the amount of liquid to about a cup. Once the liquid has been reduced you would add about 8 oz. of honey. Then you would continue to simmer until it is well combined. Pour the heated syrup into a heat tempered container and allow to cool. This can be kept in the refrigerator for a couple months unless you add alcohol or some other preservative to keep it up to six months.
Frugally Sustainable Building your Medicine Chest: DIY Herbal Cough and Cold Medicine Author Andrea ... iy-herbal/
Mountain Rose Herbs How to Make Herbal Syrups Author Alieta ... bal-syrups
The Practical Herbalist How to Make an Herbal Syrup: Easy Herbal Home Medicine Author Candace Hunter ... procedure/


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