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Herbal Lotions and Potions

Herbal Lotions and Potions

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methods of making various types of herbal preparation
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HERBAL POTIONS AND LOTIONS
Infusions
1) Take one ounce of a dried herb put it into a quart jar2) cover it with boiling water3) let it sit for at least four hours up to overnight. The next day you drain it and drink it throughout the day.
Decoctions
 The method of choice for stems, roots,bark andseeds.1) 1 - 2 tsp herb per cup of cold water.2) Bring the mixture gently to a boil.3) Keeping covered, simmer for about 10 minutes. The usual dosage is 1 cup 3 times a day. If the herb is very bitter orstrong, use 4 tsp 3 times a day. Prepare no more than 24 hours inadvance.
:1) Pack a jar full with fresh plant material2) Cover to top with pasteurized organic apple cider vinegar.3) Put a piece of plastic between the top and the lid, cover and let sitfor 6 weeks before using.Vinegar extracts have high amounts of minerals and trace nutrientsfrom fresh herbs. For example one tablespoon of a vinegar that hasbeen made with a fresh wild plant is equal to 300 mg calcium (same asa glass of milk
).
Tinctures
A tincture is an alcoholic extraction of herb. Alcohol makes soluble theplant’s active constituents acts as a preservative, allowing the tinctureto retain its effectiveness for up to 2 years. Any part of the plant maybe used.1) Place 4 ounces of dried herb in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid2) Add 2 cups vodka, gin, whisky, brandy.3) Leave for two weeks, shaking daily.4) Strain through a cloth into a glass bottle/jar. Keep tightly closed.Standard dosage is 15 drops 3 times daily.
Herbal Wines
1) Use a sweet red wine with an alcohol content of at least 12%.2) Cover 4oz herb with 3 cups of wine.3) Leave for a week before straining, then drink a glass full daily.
 As you pour tonic out, add more wine to top up or exposed herb will gomouldy.
Should last several months (wine goes on extracting the roots’active components) before the herbs
 
need replaced.
 
Capsules
Dry, powdered herb can be placed inside empty capsules. This methodis preferred by some people who cannot tolerate bitter herbs.
 
HERBAL POTIONS AND LOTIONS
Syrups
Sugar is a good preservative and ideal for cough mixtures, especiallysince some herbs for cough are very bitter. They are usually madefrom infusions or decoctions, though tinctures – which are stronger -may also be used1) Prepare 2 cups of an infusion or decoction of the required herb.2) Strain and add 1
¾
cup brown sugar or a honey and sugar mixture.3) Heat gently until the sugar dissolves.4) Pour into a clean glass bottle and seal.5) Store in the refrigerator.Standard dosage is 1 tsp 3 times a day.
Oxymels
Honey,water
,
,
andspice, boiled to a
 
syrup.1) Mix 500 ml Cider Vinegar and 1 kg of fresh honey in a pot,2) Boil it till it becomes viscous and syrupy,3) Then add herb infusion.(Eg : For Garlic Oxymel : To 250 ml Vinegar put 7.5 g Caraway seedand boil. Add 7.5 g Fennel Seed and continue simmering. Add 45 gfresh garlic. Press out the liquid. Add 300 g of fresh honey andcontinue boiling till mix becomes syrupy.)4) Take as gargle or syrup, 2 tsp twice daily.Refreshing ane recuperative to mind and body.
Oil Infusions
for external use only 
. They can be prepared by hot or cold methods.For the hot method:1) fill a jar with fresh herb and cover with olive, sunflower or almondoil.2) Place the jar up to the neck in a saucepan of water and bring to amedium temperature.3) Simmer for up to three hours.4) Strain through filter paper or cloth into a glass bottle or jar.For the cold method: The oil should be placed on a sunny windowsill instead of heated. The process can be repeated with the strained oil infusion and a freshsupply of herbs to make a stronger (double-infused) oil.
Ointments
Ointment does not penetrate the skin like cream, but covers andprotects it. Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) is a good base, and the method isas for a cream.1) Melt petroleum jelly in a double boiler
 
HERBAL POTIONS AND LOTIONS
2) Add plenty of herbs -
Making sure the melted petroleum jelly coversthe herb
.3) Simmer until the herbs are crisp.4) More herb may be added to make a stronger (double-blended)ointment.5) Strain into jars while hot.
Creams
A blend of oil, beeswax and water. You can make your own, or buy anunscented, water based cream. With bought cream:1) Add herb to purchased cream2) Simmer in the top of a doubleboilerfor 30 minutes.3) Strain before it cools. To make your own :1) Melt 2 ounces beeswax in a double boiler.2) Add one cup olive or other vegetable oil and blend.3) Add 2 ounces herb. (For lighter cream, add a little water) mixingwell.4) Simmer 20 minutes, mixing well.5) Add a drop of benzoin as a preservative.6) Strain thorough a cloth in to sterilized jars.
Lotion:
Combine herbal infusion with vegetable glycerin.
Bolus/ Suppositories
Are best made in advance so they will be ready when needed.1) Blend equal quantities of powdered herbs with butter/lard/cocoabutter.2) Place the mixture into bullet-shaped molds made of foil andrefrigerate.3)
Remove the foil before use!
4) Allow to reach room temperature before inserting.
Compress es
1) Soak a cloth in a hot decoction of herb,2) Squeeze most of the liquid out3) Apply the hot cloth to the affected area.4) Once it has cooled, repeat the process. Tinctures of other herbs and essential oils can be added to the liquid.
Poultice s
Poultices are effective for boils, abscesses, chest infections andsprains.A thin layer of cream protects skins and prevent poultice sticking

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