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preferred pots for proper preparation of herbs
Not metallic pots preferredporcelain, corningware, stainless steel can be used with tight fitting lid.
high heat (boiling) initially, then low heat (simmer) this way herbs will be effective.
separately decocted or simmered
rare or expensive herbs that may be cooked for a long time to extract maximum active ingredients.
taken with strained decoction
some expensive or aromatic substances are ground into a powder uncooked and then taken first and then chased with a strained decoction.
uses a slow, mild heat to avoid charring the herb. Often used w/flowers and insects to dry them quickly without destroying them.
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