Most people are quite familiar with the tea making culture. If you have ever made tea or used a tea bag, then you have created an herbal infusion. While tea bags are very convenient, and people around the world use them, the best healing properties are extracted from a dry herbal mixture. You would be surprised to know that dry herbs are much cheaper than tea bags. On the other hand, if you grow your own medicinal plants, then you will 100% sure that your products are genuine. After all, there is something special in preparing the dry herbs, and we will help you discover this pleasure.
An herbal infusion is made from flowers, leaves, and fruits. Also, herbs which have a high percentage of oils are prepared in the same way. You can make an infusion in any pot you have in your kitchen. On the other hand, some people use large jars for their infusions, and you could use a mason jar for this purpose, just make sure to place the jar in the sink, in case it breaks when your pour hot water. This is a straightforward process, depending on an amount you want to make, just boil the water and pour it over dry herbs, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and your tea is ready for serving. You can drink it right away, or add some ice and make an ice tea.
Decoctions are completely another process of making tea. Here you use roots, parts of herbs, medicinal mushrooms and non-aromatic seeds. For decoctions, you should use a stainless-steel pot. The herbs and other ingredients are placed in a pot, together with water, and they are cooked until it boils. Then you should lower the heat and let it simmer for another 20 minutes. Take the tea from the stove, strain and enjoy its taste. You can always decoct your herbs a couple more time, as long as herbs have the strong taste. Store the mixture in your refrigerator between decoctions, to avoid microbial growth.
There is a general guideline in determining herbal proportions. Usually, you use one tablespoon of dry, cut or sifted herb, or two tablespoons of fresh leaves and poured 8 ounces of water. You should know that strength varies from plant to plant, considering that each plant has its density and surface area. On the other hand, many people love to make stronger mixtures which will compensate four cups of tea per day. If you don’t have time to drink tea three or four times per day, then you can make a tea in the following way. Use one handful of dried herbs and one-quarter of water. Keep in mind that this might work for the majority of plants, but it’s not suitable for herbs which have a high potential for side effects.
Many people use various ways to prepare tea, but these two have proven to be the best, and they will have enhanced healing properties.