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This is  a Badge Bit (BB) that is part 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 leaves, stems, roots, bark and rhizomes.

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

- Make a journal page about the uses and attributes of thyme and how harvest and  prepare thyme. Add it to the herb section.


Page with instructions on how to make a herbal decoction:


All about thyme:


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

- the journal page showing the attibutes thyme and how to harvest and prepare it
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Thyme decoction.

Harvesting thyme from the herb bed.

Thyme decoction simmering gently.

Thyme decoction in a labeled jar.

True confession. That last one was just a photo op for the BB. What I really did with it, was drink it!

Thyme decoction as tea.

It smelled so good I couldn't resist. :)

Lastly, the thyme page from my herb journal.

Recipe for thyme decoction and dosage at the bottom of the page.
Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BB complete!

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Here is my BB submission!

Fresh Thyme:

Harvest Thyme & Peppermint



Journal Entry:

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Looks good! Certified.

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Before today, I had no idea how lovely it was to sip on a thyme beverage!

Here's my basic recipe for twiggy herb decoctions as well as the information for the particular herb: thyme. Copy and pasted from my word doc. natural medicine journal.

Basic Recipe (twigs)
1 teaspoon dried herbs or 1 Tablespoon fresh herbs to every 1 cup of cold water
Create 3 cups for a day’s dose

1. Place herbs and cold water into saucepan
2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes
3. Strain into a container with lid, cover, and let cool slightly
Drink one cup three times a day. May be drunk hot or cold.

I eyeballed the herb amount and went with 1 and 1/2 cups of water.

Thymus Vulgaris

Infusion and Decoction
Chest infections, stomach chills, or irritable bowel syndrome.

I really need to be better about flipping my photos around :)
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I certify this badge bit complete!

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