Decoctions are similar to infusions. Like infusions, they are similar to herbal teas and can be taken hot or cold. The main difference is that decoctions usually contain roots, bark and berries, along with herbs and sometimes leaves and flowers. They are also more efficient if you want to make herbal tea for a group of people.
Some herbal ingredients I recommend for decoctions could be: ginger(root), raspberries and blackberries(berries or leaves), lemon(fruit), peppermint(any part of plant), cardamom pods(herb), garlic(cloves), etc. You can also add tea bags at the end for flavour or your health.
How to make a decoction?
- Get a saucepan and pour roughly 750ml of cold water. Add the herbs and boil for 25 mins.
- Strain into a jug with a sieve and pour into cups for each person.
- Alternatively, boil water in a kettle and add to the saucepan. Add the herbs and boil for 10-15 mins.
- If you have any left over, wait for it to cool down, then cover with cling film and store it in a fridge. Enjoy!
I hope you found this useful and that you now know whether to make an infusion or a decoction. I personally prefer decoctions because they can last a few days. Also note that you can always just boil herbs in a saucepan, like you do with decoctions, to get the same results as a herbal infusion. This is useful if you want/need to take a herbal drink regularly!