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A Tea is most often used with single herbs or a mixture of herbs for simply enjoying a cup of tea for pleasure or to help with an illness.

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Teas are one of the least expensive and easiest way to prepare herbs.

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An Infusion is much like a tea except it's steeped longer with a larger amount of herbs to bring out more vitamins, enzymes, and aromatic volatile oils.. Both teas and infusions are used as herbal remedies but infusions are much sronger.

Another word for infusion is 'Tisane'. Infusions are made when using leaves, flowers & roots high in volatile oils.
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Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts which are made with alcohol. Although, if you are using water, vinegar, glycerine, or any solvent other than alcohol, then this is called extract which is different than a tincture. See extracts below. Tinctures require no refrigeration.
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** Decoctions - Decoctions are made when using roots, barks, berries and more tenacious plant parts.
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An extract is a substance made by extracting a part of a raw material, often by using a solvent such as ethanol or water. Extracts may be sold as tinctures or in powder form. A concentrated preparation obtained by removing the active constituents of the herb with a solvent such as ethanol or water evaporating all or nearly all of the solvent, and adjusting the residual mass or powder to the prescribed standard. A liquid herbal extract is a concentrated solution made by extracting (pulling or "washing") the herb's chemical constituents from the herb fibers using a solution of alcohol and water or glycerin and water. Alcohol is the best solvent for extracting and preserving the herb's constituents


When you make a tea, the menstrum is water. When making a tincture the menstrum is alcohol, vinegar or glycerin. Unlike water, these menstrums not only extract out the plant constituents but they also preserve your medicine, often for many years.

** Alcohol - is the most widely used of all the menstrums. Usually at least 80 proof Vodka. It extracts the plant constituents and preserves the mixture for a long time. Alcohol absorbs quicker in the body for quicker effects.Menstruum can be any type of alcoholic preparation, although most often vodka or grain alcohol is used. You can use any type of alcohol, even brandy if you like.

** Glycerine - A natural vegetable oil. For use if you don't want to use alcohol. Safe for the stomach.
** Vinegar - For use when tincturing herbs that you use daily as a tonic or for more chronic conditions.



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Making Tea

Place the tea bag or loose tea into the cup. If using loose tea, spoon in 1 teaspoon per cup. You can also use a tea ball, or an infuser, but use the same amount of tea. Pour in boiling water and steep for a few minutes.

How To Make an Infusion

Hot Infusions: Use 1 teaspoon to 1 Tblsp. dried herb or 2-6 Tblsp. fresh herb per cup of water. Infustions can be made in a pot, tea pot, french press, or mason jar and fill with hot to boiling water. Cover tightly and steep 20 minutes or overnight. Strain and drink.

Cold Infusions: When making cold infusions, it's best to use leaves and flowers. Use 1 cup of dried herbs to a gallon glass container (its best to use glass). Fill with cold water and cover tightly. Leave it sit in the sun for 4 to 6 hours the strain and refrigerate.

How to Make a Tincture:

First, pick which herbs you plan to use. Finely chop or grind clean herb to release juice and expose surface area.
Fill the jar 1/3 to 1/2 full with dried herb(s) or 1/4 to ½ with roots (1/4 to ½ with roots) without packing down the herbs.
Pour boiling water to moisten the herbs.
Fill the rest of the jar with at least 80 proof alcohol and stir. Place the lid on the jar and store in a cool/dry place. Shake daily, for at least three weeks and up to six months. Strain through cheesecloth. Store the tincture in clean colored glass jars in cool dry dark space such as a cabinet. Top off the jar with more alcohol if evaporated.

Allow 6-8 weeks before removing herbs thru seive or squeezing thru cheesecloth and pour liquid into a clean dark glass jar.
Then label your jars with the name of the herb and date.

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Tea Doses:
Typical dosage is one teaspoon of herb per cup of water. A traditional adult dosage for a long standing chronic condition is 1 cup 3-4 times a day or 1 quart a day. Medicinal formulas are usually much stronger teas using much more herb (up to 1 ounce herb or herb blend per quart but not always).

Tincture Doses:
The standard adult dose we take is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to three times a day as needed. Children is about 1/4 to 1/3 of the adult dose. Using a tincture in a tea or hot beverage will evaporate the alcohol, for those who don't want to consume alcohol.

Infusion Doses:Traditional daily dosage on most preparations is 2-4 cups per day. using 1 tsp. of dried herb to 1 cup of water or (2-6 Tblsp. fresh herb) to 1 cup of water.

Decoctions Doses:
Use 1 Tblsp. dried herb per cup of water or(2-6 Tblsp. fresh herb). Put herbs and COLD water in non-aluminum pan (glass and stainless work well) Cover tightly and bring to simmer. Simmer 20 minutes. Strain and drink.




This Site is For educational purposes only. This site was created for benefiting and aiding in issues from illness and for anyone who would like to learn about a more natural approach of living. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always seek advise from a physician or and experienced herbalist before using any herb as they may interact with medicines you are already taking or there may be allergic reactions.