Making herbal teas is a great way to enjoy the health benefits of herbs. Here is how to make herbal teas.
Herbal teas are less concentrated and is an easy way to take herbs at home.
They have the advantage of being easily assimilated, which make them easier for a weakened body to digest.
Herbal teas, water infusions, at the standard strength are used as gargles, as lotions for the skin, and as compresses and poultices. Dilute with an equal amount of water for hand or foot baths.
The infusions you can drink are called teas. When making herbal teas, you will find that most taste great. However, some taste downright bad! For those and even the good tasting ones…you can add spearmint and raw honey to taste.
Most are prepared by using hot water (hot water releases more of the herb’s active elements); however, the properties of some herbs-for example: comfrey, marshmallow, and valerian root-are destroyed by heat. They should be infused or "macerated" in cold water for up to 12 hours.
Teas can be served hot or cold, and brewed many different ways. Here are a few of them:
To some extent this depends on personal taste, but the following is a good guide:
Standard Adult Dose
Reduce proportionally. Give a child of seven, half the standard adult dose. At six-months old use 1 teaspoon of the standard strength herbal tea. For breast feeding babies give the remedy to the mother. CAUTION: Make sure herb is safe to use for babies and breastfeeding mothers. Also if you are pregnant...consult your doctor before using any herbs.
1 1/2 oz. (40g) herb to 1 1/2 pint (750ml.) water.
Decoctions can be diluted with an equal amount of water and used in the same ways as water infusions for hand baths, gargles, etc.
Water-Simple Syrups and Honey
Standard Adult Dose
1 tablespoon 3 to 6 times a day
Children Under 5 Dose
1 teaspoon 3 times a day
Syrups and honeys can be used to sweeten other herbal preparations, or added to food or drink. They are ideal for children because they are sweet.
Can be used either hot or cold to help with aches, pains, and swollen joints.
Fold a clean piece of cotton into an infusion of the prescribed herb and apply to the point of pain. Repeat as the compress cools or, in the case of the cold compresses, until the pain eases.
Poultices, also called plasters, are good for painful joints or drawing out infection from boils, spots, or wounds..
They can easily be made by pouring a small amount of boiling water over herbs and steeping them for a few minutes to release their healing properties. Strain the herbs and place them on the affected area with the warm herbs folded in gauze or thin cloth. Powders do not need to be steeped. Simply make the powder into a paste with hot water and apply in a cloth. Leave in place for around 2 hours or until symptoms ease.
Herbal baths are perhaps the most pleasant of all the herbal remedies. Useful as a supplement to the other forms of treatment.
The heat of the water activates the properties of the volatile oils. They are absorbed through the pores of the skin and inhaled through the nose. In both cases they pass into the bloodstream. When inhaled they also pass through the nervous system to the brain; exerting a healing effect on both mind and body.
When making herbal teas, remember the technique you use is important if you want to assure yourself of receiving the greatest health benefits from herbs.