Definitions & Making Herbal Preparations
Soak a soft cloth in a hot infusion, decoction, or 5
20 ml tincture in 500 ml hot
water. Squeeze out excess water and hold pad against affected area.
A mixture of fats and water that blends
with the skin to strengthen and smooth it.
Use 30 g lanolin, 15 oz beeswax, 100 g. vegetable or fruit oil, and 30 ml herb water.Melt the lanolin and beeswax in a double boiler, gently stirring in the oil. Remove
from heat and whisk in the herb water. Keep
stirring as it cools. Store in wide
Made by simmering larger pieces of the herb, such as bark, roots, or twigs. Use 30 g.dried or 60 g. fresh herb to 750 ml water; simmer until the water is reduced to 500ml. Drink 1/2 cup three times a day.
Hot infusion: 250 g. dried or 500 g. fresh herb to 750 ml Olive or Vegetable Oil.
Heat gently in a double boiler for 3 hours. Strain through cheesecloth into darkbottles.--
Cold infusion: Pack a large jar with the herb. Cover
it with cold
pressed oil and
put the lid on. Let stand in a sunny window sill for 2
3 weeks. Squeeze the oil
through a jelly bag and repeat the process. Store in dark glass bottles.Infusion
A tea made by pouring boiled (not actively boiling) water over
fresh or dried herbs.Use approximately 30 g. dried or 75 g. fresh herbs to 500 ml water. Drink 1/2 cupthree times a day.
To make, pour 500ml of cold water over 25g of herb and leave to stand overnight.
Then strain and use as you would a decoc
Use 5 drops essential oil to 20 ml carrier oil. Sweet almond, jojoba, avocado or
grapeseed make good carrier oils. You can also used infused oils.
A mixture of oils and fats that forms a protective layer over the skin.
Melt 500 g.
petroleum jelly or soft paraffin wax in a double boiler. Add 60 g. dried herb and
simmer gently for 2 hours. Strain through a jelly bag and pour into jars while stillhot.