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     A Decoction is an herbal preparation created by boiling herbs in liquid, usually water. Interestingly, Decoctions are just like Teas, Infusions, and many other forms of preparing herbs, have a long history of use. Herbal Decoctions can be enjoyed as more than just a strong cup of herbal brew to drink. They can become the base for an herbal syrup or used as a fomentation.

How to Make Decoctions:

  1. Use 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of herbs per cup of cold water.

  2. Add the herbs and cold water to a pot.

  3. Place that pot on the stove and bring up to a gentle boil.

  4. Put a lid on the pan and lightly simmer for 20 to 45 minutes.

  5. Remove from the heat and let your decoction cool to drinking temperature.

  6. Finish up by straining out the herbs.

  7. You can often use these same herbs to brew up a new batch of decoction a couple more times as long as the decoction is still strong after brewing.

  8. Refrigerate leftovers and use within 48 hours.

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