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Karl Grant
#1 Posted : Thursday, July 09, 2009 1:22:06 PM
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An infusion is made by pouring boiling water over the herbs and allowing it to steep, off heat, for 20 minutes or so.

A decoction is made by adding herbs to boiling water and allowing the water to boil for 20 minutes or so.





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#2 Posted : Saturday, July 11, 2009 3:38:53 PM
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A suggestion: come to the Librum, http://www.librum.us, and in the links section you will find a link to the Encyclopedia of Herbs.  Or, direct linked, http://www.allnatural.net/pages/index.shtml.

Then, while at the Librum, grab the demo copy of The Book of Herb Cookery, 1941.  It is limited, sixty days, but will be a good 'teeth cutter'.

Then, research the market.  Herbs are big business.  The biggest one here right now is Stevia. 


#3 Posted : Saturday, July 11, 2009 3:38:53 PM
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I'm going to be planting an herb garden this spring for the first time.  I've been reading about teas and how to prepare them, but am having a bit of confusion over terminology.

What is the difference between an infusion and a decoction?  From what I've read, one seems to be the standard preparation: put tea lives in hot water and let them steep.  The other appears to be boil the leaves and drink the result.  Am I correct?

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