Let’s find out together what are the steps to make a decoction rich in nutrients and which herbs to use according to needs.
Herbal teas, teas, infusions and decoctions: how many names to indicate apparently similar preparations. Exactly, you got it right, apparently. In fact, when we talk about decoction we are referring to a particular technique that allows you to extract nutrients contained in plants. The main ingredient, in addition to medicinal herbs, is water but let’s see together what are the characteristics of a decoction.
What is a decoction?
By decoction we mean one drink based on water and medicinal herbs cold prepared. This means that the chosen herbs are mixed with water and then everything is boiled starting from cold. The process is known as decoction and once ready it must be filtered.
To prepare them, the hardest parts of the plant are usually used, such as roots, bark, rhizomes or seeds this is because they are less delicate. Furthermore, prolonged cooking allows the principles to be extracted more easily. The important thing, before proceeding with the decoction, is to crumble everything.
Once prepared and filtered, the decoction can be consumed throughout the day and is usually recommended taste it at room temperature or warmnever hot or cold.
How to prepare a decoction
After having chosen the medicinal herbs with the help of a herbalist, we proceed with them chop them up. They are then transferred to a saucepan with water and then brought to a boil with low flame, letting it go for 20 minutes.
It is also very important to respect the proportions: we are talking about 5:100 ie 5 g of dried herbs or other for every 100 ml of water. If, on the other hand, fresh herbs are used, the quantity of the latter must be doubled.
To prepare a decoction, all possible medicinal herbs can be used as long as they are not thermolabile, i.e. they lose their principles with heat. Here are some suggestions based on your needs:
Gingerfor diseases of the respiratory system;
Mauvefor problems related to the oral cavity, dermatitis or intestinal disorders;
Chicory e laurela valid aid in digestion and in the control of cholesterol levels in the blood;
Nettle,rosemary e dandelion for liver function;
Chamomileto promote calm and help rest.
Decoctions can also be used in the form of compresses or baths.
Difference between infusion and decoction
At this point, a little clarity is also needed. After having extensively discussed the preparation of the decoction, it is natural to wonder what the difference is with an infusion. The latter is always prepared using medical herbs but unlike the firstboiling water is added to the herbs and everything is then left to infuse for about ten minutes before being consumed.
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