Sunday, 2 May 2010

Generic Herb Recipes

1 Part herb or plant material
5 Parts alchahol
Using a mortar and pestle, lightly bruise the chosen plants and place them in a glass jar. Add the alcahol, seal the jar and place it in a dark, warm location. Shake the jar twice a day for 14 days. Strain the liquid into a clear jar, making sure to get the full concentration. Store in a sealed, dark-colored glass bottle in a cool, dark location.
-Shelf life - 18 months to 2 years
(NOTE - The best alcohol for all recipes is 90 proof vodka unless otherwise specified)

30g dried herbs or 75g fresh herbs
500ml hot water
Pour hot water over the herbs and let sit for 10 mins and strain
Shelf life: none. Shelf life can be stretched to 1 week of teaspoon of vodka is added

30g Dried herb or 75g Fresh herbs
750ml Water
Place the herb in a saucepan and add cool water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for up to 1 hour until the volume has been reduced by 1/3. Strain.
Shelf life- None. Shelf life can be stretched to 1 week if a teaspoon of vodka is added.

500ml infusion or decoction
500g honey or unrefined sugar
Heat infusion or decoction in a saucepan. Add sugar or honey and stir constantly until dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool and pour into a dark glass bottle. Seal with a cork, as syrups can ferment and may explode of sealed otherwise.

Bug Bite Soother-
1/4 - cup sweet oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops thyme essential oil
6 drops chamomile essential oil
5 drops oregano essential oil or extract
Mix all together and keep in a dark glass bottle