Cooked Chinese herbs can have a strong or unusual taste to some. The taste is part of the medicine. The body’s response to the taste is therapeutic. Your tastebuds regrow every 7 to 11 days. Eventually, the more you take the herbs, the more comfortable you will become with the flavor.

 

  • 1 packet of herbs = 2 days of medicine

  • Cover with 4-6 cups of water (enough to cover the herbs)

  • Soak for at least two hours (ideally soak longer, up to overnight – soaking improves the availability of medicinal properties of the herbs)

  • Bring to a boil in soaking water,

  • Cover with a lid and decrease heat to a very low simmer for 25 to 60 minutes - the amount of time will be prescription dependent

  • Strain out liquid– you should get about 3 to 5 cups of tea – this is your medicine*

  • Divide the medicinal tea into four doses - a quart size mason jar or two pint size mason jars work perfectly

  • Take one dose in the morning, one dose in the evening each day – ideally slightly warm.** You may add boiling water to heat the tea up or warm it on the stove.***

  • Store medicinal tea in the refrigerator

  • Used herbs can be composted

 

 

*This process is not an exact science so you may have to make adjustments of the quantity of water used to end up with the right amount of medicine (about 2 cups). Remember you are looking to have enough liquid for about 1 to 2 cups of liquid per day (1/2 to 1 cup per dose). Depending on the formula size, this amount of liquid may vary.

 

** Ideally drink the herbs 1 hour apart from any pharmaceuticals (either before or after).

 

 

***Take on an empty stomach, unless otherwise instructed or you experience any digestive discomfort from the herbs.