of Terms - Herb Preparations
- an herb-based liquid or cream who's properties include contraction of
the skin, for tightening and soothing.
an infusion which has been reduced to one/half of its original volume by
slow steam release. Not brought to a boil, the decoction is taken to the
point of steam release and the heat is then reduced very low to continue
the steam process. Decoction is handy for those herbals which taste bad
or bitter, requiring only one quarter the dose. Decoctions are strong
and can be kept longer if gin or vodka is added.
tea made from the flowers, leaves or roots of an herb, with a longer
steeping time than a general tea. The water is boiled fully, the cup or
pot is heated and the herbs and water are covered during the steep to
prevent steam escaping. The standard measure is one teaspoon of
dried herbs, two of fresh, to one cup of boiled water. Covered steeping
time is generally up to ten minutes for flowers, twenty minutes for
leaves and up to four hours for the root.
- an herbal decoction blended with a beeswax or olive oil base, reduced
and placed in jars. For use on burns, chapped skin, scrapes and other
skin irritations, depending on the herb used.
- an infusion or decoction which is then mixed into a sugar base, using
brown sugar, molasses, honey or corn syrup. (Caution - children under
three should not ingest honey) Syrups are used in cases of sore throat,
upset stomach in children, etc.
general and acceptable use for medicinal and magical herbs, provided you
have confirmed their safe ingestion. Warm the tea pot and cup, let the
water just reach the boil and pour the water over the dried herbs. One
teaspoon to one cup of water.
- a strong infusion or decoction prepared in an alcohol base (vodka,
brandy or gin) and are much more stable for storage and long life.
- No herbal remedy should be used in place of current medication.
Research all herbal medicines thoroughly before use. Ask your physician
if you are unsure.
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