Herbal Remedies and Recipes are a healthy, natural way to improve you and your family’s mental and physical health, save money and save the environment.
Here are descriptions of the different methods hat are used in creating herbal preparations:
Infusion: Like making a cup of tea. Pour boiling water over dried or fresh herbal leaves and flowers. Usually one (1) Tablespoon of dried herbs per cup serving or (3) Tablespoons of fresh herbs. (this is standard for most methods)
Decoction: Leaving herbs to simmer or boil 5 to 15 minutes. Used for hard parts of herbs such as roots, bark, seeds and woody parts of plants. One (1) Tablespoon of dried herb or (3) Tbsp of fresh herb, per cup serving
Tinctures: Chopped plants soaked in alcohol, vinegar, glycerin or water for two weeks or longer. Alcohol being the most popular choice (Vodka or Brandy). Always cover plants completely. Capped tightly, store container in dark place at room temperature and shake once daily. After 2-3 weeks, strain contents with tight meshed strainer or several cheese clothes. Store in dark glass container with tight lid. If stored correctly, alcohol based tinctures can last up to four (4) years.
Infused Oils: The process of of transferring flavor and qualities into a carrier oil.
I love making these oils. Pour a good carrier oil such as olive oil or grape seed oil over plant. Make sure it covers all of the plant to prevent spoilage. Leave in window for up to two weeks, shake everyday. After 2-3 weeks, strain plants and store in dark colored container. They are so attractive in my windows. I have made oils to add to facial scrubs and bath water. I have made oils for insect repellent and culinary uses also. They make wonderful gifts, too. I actually was handed back an empty bottle of a Rosemary and Grape Seed Oil infusion that I had given to a friend, to refill with more!
Powder: Dried, pulverized plant parts. This is a good methods, when the herbs you want to utilize for their medical qualities, do not taste very good or you don’t want to bother with teas. Use a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder or other small mixer. Dried, powdered herbs can be placed into vegetable capsules, sprinkled in or on food and drinks.
Poultice: A preparation of fresh or dried herbs, using the whole herb. Herbs are moistened (as seen in picture to the left) or crushed (making a paste), using infusion or decoction herbal extraction methods. Then soaking a piece of cloth, towel or flannel in the mixture and applying externally.
I have made my own body lotion using Jojoba, Lavender, Grape Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Glycerin. I truly love this lotion and have not bought lotion from a store in a very long time. It does take time to make and practice to get a good, stable consistent cream, however, the benefits and satisfaction of making your own lotion, is very much worth the effort.
Feel free to send me your tried and tested recipes for teas, ointments, tinctures, creams and culinary uses. I will post them with your link. Submit here: Contact Me
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