How do you prepare medicines?

There are differences in the way you prepare medicines, depending on the type of medicine. For instance, if I’m using goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis), I don't use very much, only a few pieces of root, in about four cups of water. But generally you take about a teaspoon of the root or bark and put it in about six cups of water, bring it just to a boil, barely, and then you let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Then you put it in a container and drink it as you need it. If it’s a tea leaf or a flower, then I use about a tablespoon to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for about 10 minutes and then drink it.
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