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This method is used for tougher plant parts, such as bark, roots and some berries. Place the relevant quantity of herbs in 800ml cold water (makes three doses) in a pan. Boil, then simmer for 1 hour to reduce the liquid by a third. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and store, in a cool place, for up to 24 hours. Drink hot or cold.

Sections of root or bark should be chopped as finely as possible in order to allow the boiling water to extract the maximum from the plant.

If you wish to combine the properties of two herbs, for example, a root and a flower or leaf, the softer herbs or portions should be added at the end of the simmering period. The mixture should then be left, covered, for 10 minutes.

It is possible to keep this mixture for the same period as a decoction because the liquid has been sterilized.

Stress and Anxiety Drink

one-third valerian root decoction
one-third skullcap infusion
one-third verbena infusion

This remedy for adults is helpful during times of stress.

It will lessen anxiety, and provide tonic for the nervous system

Herb / Water ratio:

20 g (1 oz) of dried, or 40 g (2 oz) fresh, herbs to about 800 ml (1 1/2 pints) of water

Decoctions are made in larger quantites and last longer than infusions because the boiling process sterilizes the liquid is free to access and use.
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