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This is  a Badge Bit (BB) that is art of the PEP Curiculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling herbal or plant material to dissolve the chemicals of the material, which may include stems, roots, bark and rhizomes.

For this BB you will create a decoction from dandelion root:
- Make a journal page about a recipe for dandelion root decoction along with dosage information
- Make the decoction, and take a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.

Optional:
- Make a journal page about the uses and attributes of dandelion and how to ID and to harvest dandelion root. Add it to the herb section.

Photo of dandelion root from Mountain Rose Herbs website:



Here is a good description on how to make dandelion root decoction.

https://www.jackravenbushcraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-dandelion-decoction/

And another one:

https://www.sundaygardener.net/how-to-harvest-and-prepare-dandelion-roots-ii/

To show you've completed this BB you must post pictures of the following:
- the journal page showing your recipe and dosage information for dandelion root decoction
- picture of the dandelion root being harvested
- picture of the decoction being made
- picture of the finished decoction in its labelled jar.

Optional:
- the journal page showing the attibutes of dandelion and how to ID and harvest it
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I made a dandelion root decoction last night. I pulled up some dandelions from my garden beds, fed the leaves to my gosling, and made a decoction with the the roots!
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Harvested Dandelion
Harvested Dandelion
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Cleaned dandelion
Cleaned dandelion
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Chopped dandelion
Chopped dandelion
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Simmering
Simmering
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30 minutes later
30 minutes later
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Tea in my mug
Tea in my mug
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Page in my journal
Page in my journal
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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Here's my dandelion root decoction.
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Dandelion about to be dug up
Dandelion about to be dug up
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Scrubbed dandelion roots
Scrubbed dandelion roots
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Water and chopped roots, ready to simmer
Water and chopped roots, ready to simmer
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Simmering in pot for 15 min
Simmering in pot for 15 min
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Strained liquid. Decoction finished.
Strained liquid. Decoction finished.
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Dandelion decoction recipe
Dandelion decoction recipe
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete! Sorry for the delay

 
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Is the requirement for this to be shown in it's labelled jar not a good requirement to have?  I'm not a decoction expert...  I did approve both of the applications but I realized they were both missing that photo...
 
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Thanks for the cert !

I don't know if a jar and label are appropriate for this as it is meant to be consumed fairly quickly after it is made?

Other concoctions such as tinctures, oils, salves and vinegars are meant to be stored and used slowly over time but teas and decoctions are to be consumed pretty quickly after being made. At least that's my understanding of them.
 
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