How to Prepare Herbal Decoctions

Double-Boil Method

 

Tonifying Method:

Certain herbs need to be either pre-cooked or added near the end of the decoction. These herbs are labeled with instructions in a separate bag. White tea bags go into the water.

You can use a ceramic herb pot or a regular stainless steel saucepan.

  1. Add 4-6 cups of water to 1 pack of herbs (or enough to have at least 1” of water above herbs)
  2. Soak for 10 minutes
  3. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes and cover with the lid slightly ajar
  4. Lower heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes.

During this cooking, this is when you combine the herbs that are to be added at the end

  1. Strain out liquid and set aside
  2. Return the already wet herbs to pot, add 2 more cups of water and bring to a boil
  3. Lower heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes
  4. Strain out liquid, and combine with reserved liquid from first cooking (discard or compost the herbs)
  5. Divide combined liquid into six parts
  6. Take one part in the morning, one part in the evening, or as directed 

 

Note: Let it cool off so it’s not boiling hot in order to strain into a glass container and store in refrigerator. It’s best to drink the herbal liquid warm; however, it’s ok to drink it at room temperature. Do not use a microwave.

 

Single-Boil Method

 

Regulating Method: 1 pack of herbs = 3 days of tea
You can use a ceramic herb pot or a regular stainless steel saucepan.

  1. Add 4-6 cups of water to 1 pack of herbs (or enough to have at least 1” of water above herbs)
  2. Soak for 30 minutes
  3. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes and cover with the lid slightly ajar
  4. Lower heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes
  5. Strain out liquid (discard or compost the herbs)
  6. Divide into six parts
  7. Take one part in the morning, one part in the evening, or as directed

 

Note: Let it cool off so it’s not boiling hot in order to strain into a glass container and store in refrigerator. It’s best to drink the herbal liquid warm; however, it’s ok to drink it at room temperature. Do not use a microwave.

 

Short-Cook Method for Acute conditions

Clearing method: 1 pack of herbs = 1 day of tea

 

Certain herbs need to be either pre-cooked or added near the end of the decoction. These herbs are labeled with instructions in a separate bag. White tea bags go into the water.

 

You can use a ceramic herb pot or a regular stainless steel saucepan.

 

  1. 4 cups of water to 1 pack of herbs (or enough to have at least 1” of water above herbs)
  2. Soak for 30 minutes
  3. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes and cover with the lid slightly ajar
  4. Lower heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes (until aroma is released)
  5. Strain out liquid (discard or compost the herbs)
  6. Take in 24 hours

 

Crockpot Method

 

CROCKPOT METHOD

Materials: You will need a glass bottle that holds the herbal liquid for storage.  If you do not have a large bottle and are using smaller bottles, make sure to adequately mix the herbs, so that each bottle has equal herb distribution.

Method:

  1. Place the herbs in your crock pot.  Large crock pots work better than small crock pots to ensure all the herbs fit with adequate amount of water.
  2. Pour water over the herbs – the water should cover the herbs completely by at least 2 inches and up to ¾ full of your crockpot. Herbs should simmer, covered, on low overnight (approximately 8-10 hours).
  3. When the herbs are finished cooking, let it cool off so it’s not boiling hot in order to strain into a glass container. Store the herbal medicine in refrigerator.

Divide into 10 parts – regardless how much or how little you have, divide the liquid equally. Drink 2 times daily for 5 days. It’s best to drink the herbs warm; however, it’s ok to drink them at room temperature. Avoid using a microwave.

Try to take the herbs on an empty stomach, unless otherwise instructed, and two hours away from taking medications (either before or after).