Echinacea decoction to feel better faster

Echinacea decoctionAre you coming down with something? At the first sneeze or tickle I like to brew up an echinacea decoction to boost my immune system. Here is how to do it.

1) Grind or chop an ounce of dried echinacea root
2) In a small sauce pan mix 12 ounces of distilled water with the echinacea
3) Bring the mixture to a high simmer (only one layer of bubbles)
4) Simmer until the mixture is reduced by half
5) Strain, cool and bottle
6) Add a 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) to each of your 8 glasses of water throughout the day
7) Feel better faster!


How to make infused oils

IMG_6377Herb infused oils are are great to have on hand. Some are great for salad dressing , some for skin, some for internal medicine, some for all of the above. Here is a simple how to for making infused oils.

1) Figure out how much herb you have and how much oil you want to make. I like a 1 to 10 ratio for dried herbs which means 1 oz (mass) to 10 oz (volume)

2) Choose your oil. I am a fan of olive oil for both food and skin preparations and it’s always on hand.

3) Make sure your dried herb is in small enough pieces to maximize surface area in contact with oil. A freshly ground herb or resin is best!

4) Put the lime in the coconut and shake them both up. Have your cocktail, then get back to work on that infused oil.

5) Put the dried herb in a seal-able container (canning jars work nicely) with the oil. Give it a shake and put it away. Dark is best, warm is good. Give it a shake every day.

6) In 4 to 6 weeks open it up and revel in the herby goodness. Strain it through a cheese cloth to remove all plant material and store it in a cool dark place for up to a year.