Ways to use herbs

 

Infusion

Preferred for sensitive parts of herbs, leaves, flowers or stems. The infusion herb similar to the tea manufacturing process with sachets of trade. Heat water and remove from heat just before boiling. Place the herb in a cup and add hot water. Cover the cup for 3-5 minutes and then remove the herb. Enjoy it hot or let cool.


 

Beverage

Selected for the resistant parts of an herb, to the seed, root, bark, the stem or branch. In decoction boil the water together with the herb so that low heat to soften and release all of its components. It is important that the receptacle in which boil herb remains closed throughout the cooking to avoid losing the valuable components of the herb with steam.


 

Steep Liquor

Sinking of the herb in room temperature water for 2 to 12 hours. Sometimes, the steep liquor used preparatory to prepare the beverage, when the parts of the herb to be used is hard or large (eg. Root).


 

Tincture

Prepared by soaking the herb in alcohol solution, usually pure alcohol for 4-6 weeks. Alcohol helps easier dissolution and absorption of the plant components, so it is more active and stronger than the infusion or decoction. Maintained for a long time and should be taken according to the specific instructions.


 

Syrup

Injected or herb decoction mixed with honey or syrup made with water and sugar syrup gives herb that combines the beneficial properties of the herbs and soothing activity of honey or the sweetness of sugar. Herbal syrups are ideal for children who usually resent bitter tastes sour or astringent.


 

Essences

Received by distillation or extraction from the flowers, leaves, or roots of the herb. Essential oils are absorbed very easily and penetrate the skin and reach the circulatory system with a simple coating. Their proper use impose to stretch out our hands, to take deep breaths with closed eyes and then to stretch to the point of the body or the person we want. A small amount of essential herb oil is enough to take the body the beneficial properties while some oils should be avoided or even prohibited in pregnancy and lactation but also when there are certain underlying diseases. This is why it should be taken with the consent specialist.


 

Salve

Herbs local exterior and the ointment may be used for the preparation of which is usually used natural beeswax or petrolatum worked with injectate herb or herbal combination with essences or essential oils. Ointments form a separate layer (film) in the skin care area suffering.


 

Poultice

This is a direct application of herbs on the skin and stabilize the region by using a bandage or cloth. For proper application of herbs as a poultice it is preferable to soften (mash sheet) or blended powder; -if it with a little water or oil to spread. The poultice can be applied between two layers of gauze if not desired resting on the skin. As to spread the poultice should not exceed a temperature of 50 the C because it lost most of the anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic properties of herbs.


 

Juice

From fresh herbs can be produced juice using a juicer or blender. Fresh juice can occasionally be used as poultices.


 

Powder

An herb is pulverized in three steps - drying, grinding and sieving. The powders used in preparing the poultice, herb capsule into body powders and cooking. Although herbs in powder form are in abundance in the food store shelves, it is better prepared shortly prior to use since some time after they are processed they lose most of their active properties, flavor and aroma.


 

Herbal Bath

The bathroom is outside with herbs therapeutic and soothing, relaxing effect, while depending on herb used to offer revitalization and wellbeing. The best way to prepare an herbal bath is to add to our bathwater possible infusion of herbs or immerse in water the herbs used for infusion wrapped in a piece of cloth. The foot bath is an alternative equally beneficial, not ideal when we have the luxury of time.