As practitioners, we frequently ask our patients to make lifestyle adjustments to benefit their health. We ask them to make health a priority, to cook healthy food, and find time for exercise. Decoctions can be prepared for several days at a time rather than daily, and may cook while their owner is making dinner or cleaning the house. With a little practice, preparing herbs becomes a welcome ritual for wellbeing.
We (Amanda & Ashley) have had great feedback from patients decocting raw herbs at home, and have been pleasantly surprised that many feel that preparing and taking raw herbs is both more pleasant and more convenient than granules. They also report that their raw formulae are more effective and lead to faster changes.
Just as herbalists enjoy examining, smelling, and getting to know herbs, patients look forward to taking home their formulae each week. They open the bags, and look through the interesting contents, picking out plants they know (‘that smells like cinnamon!’), smelling, and feeling the textures. Cooking a decoction is a simple yet meaningful investment in oneself, and an investment that your patients are more than willing to make.