Methods of Herb Preparation
the Complete Idiot's Guide to Herbs
one ounce of herb in one pint of water. Make certain that roots are put
in to boil before leaves. Once the water has come to a boil, simmer for
about 30 minutes covered, then leave to cool completely. Strain and use
original form of a potion, an infusion is not unlike a tea in quality.
Pour boiling water over the herb in the proportions of one ounce herb to
one pint water (although you may need much less for herbs that infuse
quickly in water). Steep for fifteen to thirty minutes until a tea is
formed. Use as directed.
steep an herb in fat, such as done with salve and ointments. Best oils
to use are almond and sesame. Warm one cup of oil over a low flame and
place one-half ounce herbs wrapped in cheesecloth to soak. Continue
until the herbs have lost their color and the oil is rich with their
fatty substance such as lard to which herbs are added. Choose herbs
according to the effect you desire, or enchant them, or both. For
healing ointments, choose according to physical ailment. Three teaspoon
of herb to one cup of fat, steeped and heated several times should prove
very nice. Vegetable shortening will work very well, especially almond
and saffron. All ointments should be kept cool and in air tight
containers for best results. For magic, ointments work best when applied
to pulse points or chakras.
portion of herbs placed in an equal amount of boiling water to steep.
Once herbs have been fully dampened, strain the water and place the
herbs in gauze or cheesecloth applied directly to the affected area.
This can be a little messy, so have a towel handy. It works fairly well,
especially for rashes and other mild skin disorders.
ounces of herb steeped in eight ounces of alcohol for about two weeks
gives a reasonable
tincture. The bottle should be sealed and left in a dark area, and the
liquid strained when the tincture is ready.
tea or infusion meant only for external use. A mild form of a wash would
be 1/4 ounce of herb to one pint of boiling water, steeped until
lukewarm, then applied.