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One of the most effective ways to use herbs is by making them into teas, infusions, decoctions, and cooking with them.

Much of the herbal constituents leach out into the hot water making them easy to assimilate, thus allowing them to work quickly.

 

Tea- Pour 1 c. boiling water over 1 T. of herb leaf or flower. Let set until desired flavor. Set back and enjoy.

Infusion- This method will allow the constituents to leach out for a stronger effect. Make the same as tea except steep from 10 minutes to four hours. You may also use from 1 t. to 1 oz. of herb leaf or flower per quart of boiling water.

Decoction- This method is mainly used for extracting the active ingredients from the tougher parts of the plant, such as roots, bark, and seeds. Simmer in a non-metal pan. Always start with about 30% more liquid to allow for evaporation. So to make one pint, you would use 1½ pints of water. Heat water with herb to a soft boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Adjust herb amount to taste. Use your left over teas in soups, vegetables, smoothies, etc. Why use plain water when you can use vitamin/mineral-energized teas?

*Remember calendulato simmer, do not hard boil *

Wine Infusions

If you find yourself with a wine you don't particularly care for put in into a jar and pour in a cup or so of your favorite berries such as dried billberries or elderberries.

Shake jar once a day for a few weeks and then strain. You will be left with a delicious medicinal wine. Also try using dried ginger root for a nice warming wine infusion.

Vinegar Infusions

Same process as with wine. You can create your own vinegar blends that are great to have on hand for a number of uses. Use 1tsp rosemary vinegar and a few drops lavender essential oil into water makes a nice hair rinse to rid one of lice.

 

 

Oil Infusions

Place dried herb in a jar and cover with oil, heat can be applied if kept under 100' , allow to macerate for 1-4 weeks. Strain and use as needed. Some oils may need to be kept in the fridge for freshness. When making an oil with fresh herb, chop them well then place into jar. Place a cloth with a rubber band to secure it for the lid to let the infusion breathe. Stir daily and strain after 1-4 weeks.

Water Infusions

 

1 quart boiling water over 1 oz dried herb in a canning jar, cover and let steep for four hours; strain and use.

If using fresh material, just fill the jar with herb then pour water.

 

Ginger Lemonade

ginger rootSteep fresh ginger root in boiling water for 10-15 minutes and pour into a jar. Mix in honey and lemon juice to taste. I also like to add a little aloe juice for added benefits.

cooking

Rosewater

(double water of lighter cream is required) Pure Essential Oils – any of your choice good for skin ie; Chamomile, Carrot seed, etc. For an antiseptic lotion add New Zealand and Australian Tea Tree. In place of Almond oil you can use infused herbal almond oil for a therapeutic lotion.

Heat the water or rose water to a tepid temperature. Have the tepid water or rose water in the blender.

Add the essential oils then while blending at high speed start to pour the mixture from the freezer in slowly and watch for emulsifying. It turns white quickly and once this happens stop pouring. Do not turn blender back on but continue to stir with a spoon.

Body Lotion

Sweet Almond Oil 1c

Lanolin Anhydrous 3T Jojoba Oil 2T

Beeswax 1/2c

Water 2/3c

Melt the Lanolin, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil/herbal oil, and Beeswax in a bowl over simmering water. Do not place lanolin and oil directly on the heat as it can ignite. Pour into a jug and place in freezer until a hardened edge appears around the surface. Test with your finger. A coating should cover your finger when it is ready. This takes about 15 minutes.

 

Body Powder

8oz White Clay

8oz Corn Starch

Mix powders through a sieve. Sprinkle Essential Oils over this. Let it sit for 15 minutes then sift 4 times.
Test the powder on your skin before placing in shakers.

Aromatic Room Spray

The first step is to prepare an Aroma Concentrate.

Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil blend to 10ml of Vodka.

Blend together in bottle and shake well.

 

Sore Throat gargle

1 C. Apple cider vinegar
1 C. strong Sage tea
2-3 t. salt
Pinch cayenne, cinnamon depending body type

To make up a 2oz Room Spray -

2oz Distilled water, 60 drops Aroma Concentrate. Shake well. Spray upward into the air and walk underneath. If the aroma is not powerful enough add in units of 5 drops and test again.

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