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          A decoction is an herbal medicine which is prepared by boiling plant materials for an extended period of time. Almost always roots and barks are prepared this way. They are used when the oils are needed and other valuable constituents which are not easily extracted in the form of a standard tea. When preparing a decoction it's best to add a small amount of oil to the pot, and cover it. When the water comes to a boil, lower the heat. Allow the mixture to cool before taking the lid off. This will prevent any volatile phytochemicals from evaporating, thus optimizing the potency of your herbal medicine.


Tinctures, and steam distillation are two other forms of holistic medicine that capture both the essential oils, and non-polar constituents that are not soluble in water. Adding alcohol to the water can assist in the absorption of non-polar constituents. You can do it the poor mans way by just adding fresh plant material to water ( water and oil don't mix ) or you can buy a steam distillation kit to capture pure essential oiils from the plant material! This is the difference between decoctions, tinctures, and teas. Teas are the same concept as a decoction, just a much less virogous boiling of the herbal material. I hope this clears up any confusion as to what decocitons are! I will add to this page in time. I wanted to make definition pages for every term used on the website.


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