Decoctions characteristics

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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 pant: roots, stems, bark or seeds.

The plant parts parts must let stand on boiling water for a minimum of 10 minutes.

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.

horsetail for decoctions

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

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:

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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