Herbal Infusions are made the same way you would make a cup of tea. They are great for the types of herbs that use the leaves or flowers of the herb, as it is the easiest way to extract the important parts of these herbs
- Chosen herb – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 250mL
Place your chosen herb, washed and chopped, into boiling water and infuse for 5 to 15 minutes. To simplify the process you can place the herb into an infuser to catch all the leaves or flowers, or you can use it directly in the water and then strain before drinking. Drink within 24 hours.
A Decoction is different to an infusion in that the herbal ingredient is placed into cold water and then brought to the boil. Decoctions are best used for herbal plants which use the woody parts of the plant, the roots or bark. Valerian is an example of the type of herb prepared in this way
- Chosen herb – 1 teaspoon
- Water 250mL
Wash and chop the woody part of the plant, and place in a saucepan of cold water. Cover and bring to the boil, simmering for at least 10 minutes. Strain through a sieve and Drink within 24 hours
Herbal Hot Chocolates
Herbal Hot Chocolate
Our relaxation tea works especially well with this delicious hot chocolate
- 2 Tablespoons of Chosen Dried Herb (4 tablespoons of fresh herb)
- 900ml Milk
- 50g Dark Chocolate
- Vanilla extract (optional)
Infuse Chosen Herb (Washed and chopped) in 900mL of Milk, and gently heat for 5 to 10 Minutes.
If using an herbal infuser remove from milk, if not, strain herb from milk and return milk to pan. Add 50g of Dark chocolate and optional vanilla extract and stir until melted. Drink at once
Quick hot chocolate
A Quick yet delicious hot chocolate which works well with our relaxation tea
Using infuser, Add chosen herb to infuser, and add your favourite hot chocolate mix, adding milk and sugar to taste.
You can turn many herbs into syrup form, to drink added to water, soda water, juice or lemonade. Syrups are made by boiling your chosen herb in water with sugar or honey added. They can then be kept in sterilised jars or bottles. An unopened jar will be best used within 6 months if stored in a dark cool place, or within 3 months once opened, if stored in the fridge (length of time may vary depending on the herb used)
Will make approximately 500mL
- 100g of your chosen herb
- 500mL of water
- 400g of sugar
Place your herb, washed and chopped in a large saucepan with 500mL of water
Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes – Stirring
Strain off the leaves, pressing through a sieve to remove as much liquid as possible. Discard the leaves and place the liquid into a ceramic or glass bowl or preferably a glass measuring jug.
Next you will be making a water bath by sitting your bowl or saucepan of herbal infused mixture into a large frypan/saucepan of simmering water. Use this gentle method to reduce the liquid to approximately 250ml.
Once this is done add 400g of sugar and stir constantly until sugar has completely dissolved. Take care to make sure no sugar crystals remain, before bottling Pour into sterilised an amber bottle or jar. Be careful as the mixture can be very hot and can burn if it makes contact with the skin. A funnel can be useful to help to pour the syrup into bottles
To use: Add 1 part syrup to 5 parts water and enjoy three times a day