Simple Directions for Using Herbs to Make Infusions, Decoctions and Ointments

It seems that many health conscious people these days are turning away from prescription drugs and turning to making their own medicines. Healing with herbs and other natural remedies is becoming popular and making your own medicines is quite an art.

Some popular methods of natural healing involve the use of making infusions, steeping to extract various properties, decoctions, the extraction of an essence by boiling and ointments.

Always remember when you are creating your own herbal remedies to use an enamel or nonmetal pot.

Herbal Teas

To make a cup of herbal tea, for drinking or as a face wash, boil 10 ounces of water. Pre-warm your teapot, put in 1 tbsp. or less of dried herbs or a large pinch of fresh herbs and pour the boiling water over them. Add honey, if you like. cover and steep to taste, 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and drink.

Infusions

To make an infusion, fill a teapot with one quart of boiling water. Then throw in a large handful of fresh herbs or an ounce or more of dried herbs. Add some honey, if desired, and let the mixture steep for ten to twenty minutes. Now strain and drink.

Decoctions

Making a decoction involves boiling your mixture. It is usually made from the tougher parts of a plant, the roots, seeds or the bark. Put one ounce or more of the herb parts in a quart of water and cover the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for about twenty minutes. Steep and strain the mixture. Drink or apply externally.

Ointments

An ointment, unguent or salve is made by combining the decoction of a herb with olive oil and simmering it until the water has completely evaporated. A little beeswax is then added to get a firm consistency. Some gum benzoin or a drop of tincture of benzoin per ounce of fat will help preserve the ointment.


Related Articles

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Drink this mixture warm or hot half an hour before bedtime. If you are not asleep within an hour, repeat the dose. Do not drink more than 2 doses in an evening.

The Family Guide to Drugs and Drug Abuse

You may reprint this report and offer it for sale as long as you do not alter it in any way.

Understanding and Dealing with Everyday Stress

Stress is an abnormal condition that disrupts the normal functions of the body or mind.

Helping Your Child Be Healthy and Fit

Long-term good health is less an accident than the result of good habits and wise choices.

The Secrets of Mental Rejuvenation in 20-Minute Naps

Thomas Edison hardly slept at all, except in 20-minute naps. Mark Twain was noted for his insomnia, but was always dozing off at public functions. So what's the relationship or the secret between 40-winks of nap-time and a person's creativity?

The Radon Problem

You can't see radon. And you can't smell or taste it, but it may very well be a problem in your home. It is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year.

Fifty Useful Tips for Better Sleep

You can sleep without pills and still beat insomnia

Exercise Melts Body Fat

If you want to reduce your body fat, focus on increasing the amount of exercise you get rather than decreasing your food intake. A recent national study was done using two groups of sedentary men, one group in their 20's and the other over age 65.

Ulcers Are No Laughing Matter

Peptic ulcers, which are in the stomach and the duodenum (the first part of the intestine leading from the stomach) can occur at any age and affect both men and women. Untreated, sufferers can look forward to a long siege with them.

Alcohol and Society Today

There has been a lot of discussion in the last few years about the continuing problem of alcohol and the effect it has on society. Should we treat alcohol as if it were an illicit drug?