Create Your Own Herbal Infusions And Ointments

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Create Your Own Herbal Infusions And Ointments


It seems that many health conscious people these days are turning away
from prescription drugs and turning to making their own medicines. Healing
with herbs and other natural remedies is becoming popular and making your own
medicines is quite an art.

Some popular methods of natural healing involve the use of making
infusions, steeping to extract various properties, decoctions, the extraction
of an essence by boiling and ointments.

Always remember when you are creating your own herbal remedies to use
an enamel or non metal pot.


To make a cup of herbal tea, for drinking or as a face wash, boil 10
ounces of water. Pre warm your teapot, put in 1 tbsp. or less of dried herbs
or a large pinch of fresh herbs and pour the boiling water over them. Add
honey, if you like. cover and steep to taste, 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and


To make an infusion, fill a teapot with one quart of boiling water.
Then throw in a large handful of fresh herbs or an ounce or more of dried
herbs. Add some honey, if desired, and let the mixture steep for ten to
twenty minutes. Now strain and drink.


Making a decoction involves boiling your mixture. It is usually made
from the tougher parts of a plant, the roots, seeds or the bark. Put one
ounce or more of the herb parts in a quart of water and cover the pot. Bring
the mixture to a boil and simmer for about twenty minutes. Steep and strain
the mixture. Drink or apply externally.


An ointment, unguent or salve is made by combining the decoction of a
herb with olive oil and simmering it until the water has completely
evaporated. A little beeswax is then added to get a firm consistency. Some
gum benzoin or a drop of tincture of benzoin per ounce of fat will help
preserve the ointment.

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