“Fill a jar with cold water, wrap 1oz of herbs into a moist cotton cloth and submerge into the jar. Close with lid. Leave the jar over night. “
There are many herb information sites on the internet that cover the beneficial spectrum of individual plants. Should you take mediciations and suffer from serious ailments, please first talk to a doctor or naturopath to clarify any possible unwanted interactions between plant medicines and your medication. Should you try to get off medications with the aid of herbs you may develop a detailed weening-off plan, together with your doctor and/or naturopath.
Over time I will talk about such “weening off” or detox programs, and will talk about individual plants.
For ongoing preventative treatment against illnesses (such as Red Clover against breast-cancer) and for medium periods of time (6-8 weeks) you can prepare simple herbal teas. Add dried herbs into a pot and add hot water. Leave for 8-15 minutes. Drink 1-3 cups every day.
There are two basic types of infusions:
This technique is ideal for leavy herbs and herbs with blossoms such as Camomille, Thyme, Tulsi, Red Clover, Nettle and Mint, but also roots such as Ginger.
Add 2-3 table spoons into a tea pot and add hot water. Close with lid and leave for 15 minutes for a tea or leave over night for an infusion. Fill the final infusion with a sieve into a jar, close lid and store at a dark place if you want to store your infusion. I personally enjoy infusions without storing them for longer then one day.
Cold infusions are best used for plants with delicate essential oils such as lemon balm, salvia and marsh mallow.
Fill a jar with cold water, wrap 1oz of herbs into a moist cotton cloth and submerge into the jar. Close with lid. Leave the jar over night. Fill the final infusion with a sieve into a jar, close lid and store at a dark place if you want to store your infusion.
In my experience you can use infusions for up to 2 days if you keep them in a fridge. After that you can still use it for a bath or for the herbal steaming of rooms.
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