Herbal preparations are taken in many forms alcohol tinctures, fluid extracts, essential oils, syrups, vinegars, capsules, and pills Lay people are generally advised to obtain these preparations from reliable herbalists or reputable commercial outlets. If you prefer to make your own, herbalists recommend freshly made infusions (teas) or decoctions using the following recipes:
Place 1 ounce of dried herb or 3 ounces of fresh herb in a teapot or other nonmetalic container, and pour in 1 pint of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes, strain out herbs, and drink while still fresh.
Place 1 ounce of herb in a glass, enamel, or stainless steel pan (not aluminum), add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by one third. Strain and drink the recommended amount while the liquid is still hot .
Soak gauze or fine cloth in an infusion or decoction and apply to skin. (Test first on a small area for irritation.)
Boil or cook herb or other recommended substance , wrap in gauze, press out excess fluid, and apply while still hot.