Plant Magazine of Botanical-online September 2017

Natural remedies


How to make a decoction?

What is a decoction?

A decoction or cooking is a method of extracting the active principles of a medicinal plant consisting on boiling it in water on low heat for 3 to 30 minutes.

In a decoction it is generally employed the hardest parts of a plant - roots, stems, bark or seeds.

The plant parts parts must let stand a minimum of 10 minutes.

horsetail for decoctions
Horse tail decoctions have a depurative value, suitable to treat kidney stones

How is a decoction done?

To perform this process, put about 6 teaspoons of dried herb or 12 teaspoons of fresh herb in 3 /4 liter of water

Put the water to a boil and keep it until the liquid is reduced by one third, that's to say, about half a liter, which normally occurs between 20 minutes and half an hour.

How many decoctions should be taken daily?

You can usually take 2 to 3 cups daily.

How to preserve decoctions?

Store them in the refrigerator or in a cool place for up to 24 hours as maximum.

Licorice root
Licorice roots can be used in decoctions to treat cough


Among the most used decoctions, we can point out the following:

- Horsetail decoction, for gallstones or kidney stones. (100 g of dry plant per litter of water for 30 minutes. Take to cups a day)

- Decoction of licorice root: to treat cough (A teaspoon of dry root per cup of water. Drink 2 cups a day)

- Decoction of cat's claw root: for sinusitis (A 10 minutes decoction of a teaspoon of dry plant per cup of water. 2 cups a day.

- Decoction of willow bark: for different ache, such as backache (Decoction of a pinch - 2 g - of dry bark per cup of water. Take two or three cups a day.)

More information on medicinal plants in the listing above.

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