Herbal Medicine: How to Make Herbal Infusions or Decoctions

Herbal infusions are teas made from medicinal herbs. They are different from decoctions because of the plant material used to make the infusion. Herbal infusions are made from the areal part of the plant (the leaves, flowers and stems). Decoctions are made from plant roots, rhizomes, barks, and seeds. Infusions and decoctions are made by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb in one cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. The exact amount depends on the type of medicinal herb being used.

To Make an Herbal Infusion

   1. Place the dried and crushed herb in a tea infuser, strainer or tea bag.
   2. Boil the water and pour 1 cup of the water over the herb.
   3. Cover with a lid and allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

It is important that the herb leaves, plants and stems be covered when steeping so that the medicinal properties of the herb do not escape with the steam.