· Dried Herbs: You may wish to make either a tea, decoction or an infusion with our dried herbs.
Teas are a small amount of herb steeped for a short amount of time, while
infusions are a larger amount of herb (typically 1 oz) steeped for a long
amount of time (4-8 hours). While teas are useful for dealing with acute
situations, infusions are nourishing and nutritive food-like beverages which are
helpful for chronic conditions.
To make a tea, steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried
herb in a cup of boiled water for a few minutes or to taste. Strain and enjoy
with a bit of honey, if you wish.
To make an herbal infusion, place one ounce
(about a cup) of dried herb into a quart mason jar. Fill it with boiling water,
put a lid on it, and let it steep for 4-8 hours. If you like, you can add a
pinch of mint or licorice root for flavor. Then strain out the plant material,
compost it, and enjoy one or more cups of the liquid daily. Infusions are
delicious warm or cold and can be sweetened with honey or any other natural
sweetener. They keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
make a decoction, place 2-4 tablespoons of the dried herb in a pot and fill
with water, making sure to cover the herb well. Bring to a boil, then simmer
covered for 30 minutes to two hours. Let sit overnight, then strain, and
refrigerate, use, or preserve.