She was a little confused because she had heard me on a CD I did where I am teaching moms how to prepare a decoction for their little ones. This CD is not available on this site, but will be available in the future in the form of a video.
So just in case you’re wondering here is how you make a cup of tea.
Now I must interject here for a moment and let you know that depending on the herb you are using you might have to make a decoction instead of an herbal tea infusion. Decoctions are another way to prepare herbs for your cup of tea.
An Infusion is also called steeping. Steeping is best when using plants, soft leaves, and flowers that have volatile oils. Peppermint, Lemon Balm and Chamomile flowers are examples of herbs you would prepare for tea using an infusion.
A Decoction is always made by cooking the herbs. Decoctions are meant for roots, stems, barks, seeds like Fenugreek and coarse leaves. The reason its important to cook the herbs is that by cooking you are allowing the herbs to break down and release their medicinal properties into the water. Elderberries, Astragalus, and Echinacea root are samples of herbs you would prepare as a tea with the decoction method.
If you’re making an infusion with your loose herbs you will have to:
Boil water and once its boiling turn off heat. Place your organic loose herbs in a glass tea-pot, glass or ceramic jar or cup. Then pour the boiling water over the herbs, cover and let steep for 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending on your preference for strength. Once steeping is complete strain your tea, sweeten with raw organic honey, coconut nectar or stevia and enjoy.
To make a decoction:
Put herbs and water in a pot together. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat keep covered and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Once your done strain and enjoy with your favorite sweeter as mentioned above.
Now if making tea is not your thing but you want to take herbs to boost your immunity or help with digestion or set the stage for a good nights sleep you might consider making a tincture with La Chica Organica’s super easy, inexpensive tincture kit. You can read all about it here.
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