Tea Concentrate—Water Extraction
What is a WATER EXTRACTION? Convenient and Easy
This is an easy way to extract maximum value out of the herbs without cooking or having to use alcohol, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin. A Water Extraction is perfect for making a weekly product. The drawback with Water Extraction is the shelf life is 1 week.
Methods of Water Extraction
- 1 cup (simple single serving)
- 1 quart (3 cups)
- 3 quarts (3 cups per day for 3 days or 1 cup per day for 6 days)
- 4 quarts (3 cups per day for 4 days)
- 6 quarts (3 cups per day for 6 days)
1 CUP– Single Use; 1 rounded teaspoon (roots, barks, twigs, berries) to 1 tablespoon (mostly cut leaf) cut herb to 8 oz. distilled water, simmer covered, do not boil, do not exceed 130 degrees
- Cut Leaf about 20 minutes
- Roots, Berries, Bark, Twigs about 45 minutes to 1 hour
Strain and drink. Serving Size: 1 cup between meals 3 x daily or 15 minutes before eating each meal
QUARTS– Drink 3 cups per day whether using a Dilution or a Concentrate, choosing the size the strength of product that best suits your needs.
- 1 Quart– therapeutic, 1 day supply for acute problems, concentrate, 1 oz. cut herb
- Excellent for any acute problem, whether a cold or flu, or particular health issue which is in an acute state. An autoimmune flare would be a good example of a 1 Quart use, a Detox for a day, Colds, Flu, or any state that requires more intense immediate attention.
- 3 Quarts– general 3 day supply, still therapeutic for chronic problems, dilution, 1-2 oz. cut herb
- Perfect for a chronic ongoing health problem, Detox effect, or when recovering from a recent illness like Colds, Flu, Bowel Flares, Fibromyalgia Flares, all Autoimmune Flares, or to control problems like high blood sugar or high blood pressure, etc. Less than acute but more than maintenance, a general therapeutic use
- 4 Quarts– general 4 day supply, still therapeutic for chronic problems, dilution, 2 oz. cut herb
- Great for a chronic ongoing problem with a therapeutic application. Instead of standard 3 days, use this recipe for a bit stronger application for 4 consecutive days. Some people like to make a batch each week. This recipe gives you that extra day of use if you need it.
- 6 Quarts– daily use for 6 day supply assuming 1 quart daily, general dilution, use for ongoing chronic issues and maintenance to consume 6 days on and 1 day off, repeating, 1 oz. cut herb. The 6-Quart method is a good recipe for maintenance
- Excellent way to improve your health, detoxify the body, or for maintenance for a particular health problem. Using the 6-Quart method will improve your daily water intake with some added therapeutic value. Once you have used either the 1 Quart, 3 Quart, or 4 Quart preparations and have successfully improved your health concern, the 6 Quart method is a way to continue benefiting from herbal medicine in a reasonable daily use. *The 6 Quart method is the perfect preparation to use for “tea waters”, mix with other tea or herbal teas, combined with any juice, or for detox waters using fruits, vegetables, or fresh herbs. You still consume a quart per day, but just in a diluted ongoing use.
*Here’s an example of a daily detox using the 6-Quart method; let’s chose the kidneys or edema; combine 1 ½ quarts of your 6 Quart Dilution and mix it with 8 oz. of cranberry juice. Drink throughout the day. Any juice can be added to the Tea Concentrate dependent upon your individual health purpose.
BASIC 1 Quart Tea Concentrate-- Regardless of how much you prepare, this is a Basic preparation; Place cut dry herb to a quart glass mason jar. Bring distilled or filtered water to a boil. Fill the quart jar with hot tap water first, before pouring in boiled water to prevent jar breakage. Pour boiled water over the herb filling to 1 inch from the top of the jar. Place the lid and ring onto the jar. Allow mixture to set overnight or all day, approximately 10-12 hours, on the counter top at room temperature, then reheat the mixture and then strain into a clean jar. Add more water to fill the jar to 1 inch from the rim. Cool and refrigerate for use. Shelf life is 1 week.
3-6 Quarts Tea Concentrate—Place cut dry herb to a quart glass mason jar for the 1-quart size or to a pot with a cover for 3-6 quarts. Fill a quart jar with hot tap water before pouring in boiled water to prevent breakage. Bring distilled water or filtered water to a boil and pour over the herb filling to 1 inch from the top of the jar. Place the lid and ring onto the jar and allow mixture to set overnight or all day, approximately 12 hours, on the counter top at room temperature. After 10-12 hours later, reheat the mixture and then strain into a clean jar. Add more water to fill the jar to 1 inch from the rim. Cool and refrigerate for use. Shelf life is 1 week
Speed Method: If you are in a hurry and want to speed up the process– simmer the water and herb mix covered, on the lowest simmer, for 60 minutes. DO NOT boil the herb. It must be covered due to the volatile oils from some plants and flowers that will be lost if cooked uncovered. Just as you smell food cooking in the air, you will find your product escaping if not covered. This method is especially helpful when you are in immediate need and do not want to wait for the 12 hours overnight to begin using your product. You can still prepare the Tea Concentrate overnight, but this helps you to get started immediately.
Tea Freshness: Best used within 3 days but may be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Always store in glass. Plastic “breathes” and potency is reduced if not in glass. Do not consume tea with food. Herbs are food, food that is medicine. When consumed with food it acts more like food than medicine. Drinking the tea on an empty stomach helps your body directly use the medicinal qualities of the plant and puts it to work in about 15 minutes throughout your system. As a medicine tea, drink your product 15 to 30 minutes before meals or 2 hours after meals, 2 hours after dinner in the evenings, or anytime between meals throughout the day.
Tea Potency: The strongest herbs used for medicinal purposes are roots, barks, seeds, and berries as compared to milder effects generally with cut leaf. For example, Echinacea Root is stronger in value than Echinacea Leaf. When making a Tea Concentrate, the type of product and the amount of the product you begin with will determine the level of effectiveness you seek. A good blend of herbs is usually better than a single herb because plants are synergistic and enhance qualities of each when combined. Also include a catalyst type herb which is the “go-factor” in your remedy, helping the herbal medicine get to where you are trying to send it.
Catalyst Herbs: These are the herbs that make formulations more effective; Choosing an appropriate catalyst is of course recommended. Catalyst herbs includes plants like; lobelia, cayenne, black pepper, cannabis, poke weed, and peppermint.
Catalyst Herbs: Adding a catalyst to enhance your plants use—
- Respiratory- Lobelia,
- Cardiovascular- Cayenne, Ginger Root
- Pain- Peppermint, Turmeric Rhizomes, Frankincense (frankincense resin cannot be extracted with water but must have alcohol base)
- Brain, Nerves, Lymph System- Cayenne, Ginger Root, Turmeric Rhizomes
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