PARTS -- Those parts of a plant that appear above the ground.
-- A tea made by
simmering dense herbal material such as roots, barks and twigs in
water. This is a more forceful extraction than infusion.
-- Any process which involves dissolving or otherwise removing desired
herb components from herbal materials into a carrier medium. This
includes processes such as infusion, decoction and tincturing.
Correct definition: Any plant whose aerial parts die back
in the winter. Our definition: Any plant or plant part
that provides a salutory or remedial effect on the body.
-- A tea made by steeping herbal parts in water just off the boil.
A more gentle extraction process than decoction.
-- A viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not soluble in water.
Oils are generally flammable and slippery.
A semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied
externally as a remedy for an injury or illness.
-- A soothing, healing
application of ointment.
-- Any herbal preparation where only one herb is used.
-- To soak an ingredient in a liquid in order to draw out volatile/soluble
elements of the ingredient into the liquid.
-- A water-based extraction of soluble herbal components.
-- This is the result of soaking herbs in drinking alcohol. The
volatile elements dissolve into the alcohol, making them accessible
to the user. Vinegar or glycerol can be used as the solvent instead
for those who do not wish to take alcohol.
- A tea, regardless of the method used to make it.
A tonic is typically a medicinal drink intended to strengthen and
further invigorate a relatively healthy body. While tonics are frequently
given to ill people to support the healing process, the general
use is as a preventative measure rather than a remedial effort.
Some traditional tonics were so well-liked that they have become
recreational drinks. Think Coca-Cola®, Dr. Pepper®, or gin
and tonic. (I bet I can explain that last one!)