TYPE OF WATER
The type of water used in brewing is of some
importance. Well, Spring & Distilled
waters are preferred over that which pours
from the tap. You can buy these bottled or
collect them from the source, so long as
it's unpolluted & free running. Rain
water is ideal for use except when gathered
in smoggy areas. Tap water can be used as
a last resort, but consider purchasing the
bottled variety in the future.
Distilled water is definitely better than
chlorinated, fluoridated, bacteria-filled
tap water. If it's all you have - use it.
Sea water & Mineral water aren't recommended
due to their high mineral content.
Fire, gas flame or stove coils will do for
heat source. No microwave. If old-fashioned,
try making the brew in a fireplace or outdoors
over a blaze.
NO METAL! They're few exceptions in Herbalism.
One is Cauldron brewing. Herbal products
prepared with double broilers may also require
metal pots. But in general, avoid metal.
Clear glass jars work well for solar infusions.
Simply place the herbs & water into the
jar & set this in direct sunlight, preferably
outdoors. Leave it there for most of the
day. Some brews included here are made with
glass jars of various colors.
Not every brew in this section is made in
the following manner. Use specific instructions
Gather, grind & mix the herbs. For brews
to be drunk, use specific culinary mortar
& pestle for grinding, not the one used
for heavy-duty magickal herbs.
Empower the herbs with your magickal goal.
Heat about 2 cups water to boiling. Place
about one handful of mixed, empowered herbs
in a teapot or some other heat-proof, non-metallic
container. Pour the water over the herbs.
Cover with an equally non-metallic, steam
tight lid. let the herbs brew for about 13
minutes. Strain through cheesecloth or a
bamboo strainer & use.
Brews should be used as quickly as possible.
If necessary, they can be stored in the refrigerator
for 3-4 days. After this time, return them
to the earth & create a new brew.