Infusions, decoctions and tinctures from medicinal herbs, preparation methods, ratios and shelf life in the field.

It is advisable to prepare infusions and decoctions of medicinal herbs daily, since they quickly deteriorate. In exceptional cases, they can be stored for no more than three days and always in a dark, cool place. Tinctures from medicinal plants on alcohol or vodka are suitable for long-term storage. 

Infusions, decoctions and tinctures from medicinal herbs, methods of preparation and ratio.

Preparation of herbal infusions.

Infusions, this is a liquid mixture obtained by insisting crushed raw materials. For the preparation of infusions, the soft parts of medicinal plants are mainly used for flowers, leaves, stems. Infusions are prepared cold or hot..

Cold way to make infusions.

1. Grind the required amount of raw materials and place in a container.
2. Pour cold or hot boiled water in the required ratio, most often 1:10 for indoor and 1: 5 for external use.
3. Close the lid and insist from 4 hours to several days. After filtering, the mixture is ready for use..

A hot way to prepare infusions.

1. Grind the required amount of raw materials and place in a container.
2. Pour boiling water in the required ratio, most often 1:10 for internal and 1: 5 for external use.
3. Cover with a lid and keep on low heat for 10-15 minutes, making sure that the mixture does not boil.
4. Insist 2-4 hours, strain and add boiled water to the required volume, after which the mixture is ready for use.

Infusions, decoctions and tinctures from medicinal herbs, preparation methods, ratios and shelf life in the field.

Preparation of decoctions from medicinal plants.

Decoctions, this is a liquid mixture that has much in common with infusions, but is usually prepared from the denser and harder parts of the plants of the roots or bark.

1. Grind the required amount of raw materials and place in a container.
2. Pour cold water in the required ratio, most often 1:10 for indoor and 1: 5 for external use.
3. Boil for 20-30 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly.
4. Allow to cool and strain, while decoctions containing tannins, such as oak bark, should be filtered immediately after boiling, not waiting for them to cool.
5. Add boiled water to the required volume, after which the mixture is ready for use.

Preparation of herbal tinctures.

Tinctures, this liquid mixture is suitable for long-term storage. It is usually prepared on the basis of 40 or 70 degree alcohol or vodka. The resulting tincture should be transparent and usually has a taste and smell of the feedstock. Store alcohol tinctures in a dark opaque container from several months to several years.

1. Grind the required amount of raw materials and place in a container.
2. Pour alcohol or vodka in a ratio of 1: 5 or 1:10.
3. The container is tightly closed and insisted in a dark place for 7-14 days.
4. Strain and use as intended drops.

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