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The standard proportions for both infusions and decoctions are 25 grams of dried herbs to 500 ml of water. This converts to 5 doses, a single dose being equivalent to 5 grams of dried herbs in 100 ml (1 cupful) of water.
For single herb remedies this can be adjusted according to the strength required. Thus a weak dose would be 2 grams of dried herbs to 100 ml of water (or 10 grams to 500 ml for 5 doses), and a strong dose would be 5 grams to 100 ml (or 25 grams to 500 ml for 5 doses).
For compound formulas using several herbs, the herbs should be combined by weight in the ratios indicated, their total weight being equal to the standard proportions of 25 grams of dried herbs to 500 ml of water.
2 parts Elder flowers
2 parts Peppermint herb
1 part Yarrow herb
Infusion: 3 cups per day
Thus in the above example 1 dose would be: 2 grams each of Elder flowers and Peppermint and 1 gram of Yarrow mixed together in 100 ml of water. Prepared as a larger amount, enough for 5 doses, there would be: 10 grams each of Elder flowers and Peppermint and 5 grams of Yarrow mixed together in 500 ml of water.
Herbal infusions and decoctions can be sweetened to taste with honey or sugar. Individual doses can be made up one at a time, or a larger amount may be prepared if desired. After the first dose is taken the remainder should be covered and stored in the refrigerator or a cool place. Subsequent doses should be gently reheated — but without boiling. Infusions and decoctions are not normally kept longer than a day or two, as they tend to go off.

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