How To Prepare Decoctions And Infusions By Tzonka Daskalova

How To Prepare Decoctions And Infusions By Tzonka Daskalova

How To Prepare Decoctions And Infusions By Tzonka Daskalova – Famous Bulgarian Herbalist

Now I will tell you how to prepare herbs; how to make a decoction, an infusion and an alcohol based infusion


Boil herbs on low fire and believe in their force.

There is a big difference between herb decoctions, alcohol based infusions and infusions:

Infusions are made without boiling the herb or herb combination. Pour boiling water on them and put a lid on the vessel. In this way active substances from the herbs are extracted. Leave the herbs in the water usually for 20 to 30 minutes. For example, 30 minutes are needed to extract the active substances from bearberry (Arctostaaphylos uva-ursi).

Herb decoctions

Herb decoctions are obtained when the herb or herb combinations are put in the necessary quantity of boiling water, and boiling continues on very low fire under lid for 5, 10 or 15 minutes. The herb should be boiled at a low fire; otherwise the useful substances decompose and cannot be extracted fully. Depending on the purpose, the decoction stays in the water for 30, 60 or 120 minutes, but not more than the necessary time. You should use glass, enamel or alpaca vessels, not aluminum. The enamel should be without cracks and rough surface. The decoction is filtered and put in a glass or plastic bottle and then put in the fridge. It should not be kept outside a fridge as it easily ferments, and the plastic bottle becomes toxic. The best time to prepare a decoction is in the evening when you do not hurry anywhere.

Herb alcohol based infusion is made with alcohol; it is used in a more different way depending on the specific case.



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