Because herbs are generally not used in its natural form, after collection of them making different shapes. The simplest - powders containing only shredded leaves, fruits, roots and rhizomes. To grind the plants at home, you can use a mortar or coffee grinder. The powders are widely used to assign the wounds, sores, cuts, etc.
The most common form of the use of medicinal plants - Infusions and decoctions (aqueous extracts). The raw material for infusions are leaves, flowers, stems, decoction prepared from more roots, bark and roots. For their preparation must be chopped raw material put in enamelled vessel, add water, cover and put in boiling water (brew - for 15 minutes, broths - 30). Prerequisite for making a decoction or infusion of high quality is a frequent stirring. The vessel has to cool to room temperature, then use raw materials should drain and squeeze. Previous use of ready-made hoods should be diluted in water.
At home infusions and decoctions can cook without having to boil, and just pouring crude drugs in the required proportion boiling water. It should be remembered that the infusion and decoction very quickly lose their therapeutic properties, especially in the summer, so it is advisable to prepare them daily or stored in a cool place for more than two days.
For the treatment of various diseases often prescribe a form of the use of medicinal plants, as fees or vitamin teas consisting of a mixture of dried and ground plants. For preparation fees can use a variety of plants - roots, leaves, flowers. Recently, a number of special teas ready-made (in bags) sold in pharmacies, but make them as constituting difficult than with his own prepared charges.