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This Badge Bit (BB) is part of the PEP Curriculum. 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 the decoction, and take a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.


(teaandmagic.wordpress.com)

Page with instructions on how to make a herbal decoction:
https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/herbal-infusions-and-decoctions

All about thyme:
https://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/t/thygar16.html

To show you've completed this BB you must post pictures of the following:
- picture of the decoction being made
- picture of the finished decoction in its labeled jar

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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.
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Here is my BB submission!

Fresh Thyme:


Harvest Thyme & Peppermint


Simmering:


Finished:


Journal Entry:

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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.

Decoctions
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.

Thyme
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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Thyme decoction. When I make a decoction,  I end up with about half the water I started with so the herb is much stronger than with an infusion. I was going to save this to add to lemonade but it was quite tasty so I will probably keep making this until I run out of fresh thyme.
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Harvesting
Harvesting
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The back pot is the decoction
The back pot is the decoction
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Back pot decoction
Back pot decoction
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Straining
Straining
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Labeled
Labeled
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DECOCTION , decided to drink it instead
DECOCTION , decided to drink it instead
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Infusion as a comparison
Infusion as a comparison
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