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This is a Badge Bit (BB) that is part of the PEP Curiculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling herbal or plant material to dissolve the chemicals of the material, which may include stems, leaves, roots, bark and rhizomes.

For this BB you will create a decoction from stinging nettle leaf:
- Make a journal page about a recipe for stinging nettle leaf decoction along with dosage information.
- Make the decoction, and take a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.

Optional:
- Make a journal page about the uses and attributes of stinging nettle and how to ID and to harvest it. Add it to the herb section.

Drawing of nettle from Richard Whelan website:


Good webpages with info about stinging nettles and its uses:

https://www.rjwhelan.co.nz/herbs%20A-Z/nettles.html

https://pfaf.org/plants/edible-weeds-urtica-dioica-stinging-nettle/

To show you've completed this BB you must post pictures of the following:
- the journal page showing your recipe and dosage information for the stinging nettle leaf decoction
- picture of the stinging nettle leaves being harvested
- picture of the decoction being made
- picture of the finished decoction in its labelled jar.

Optional:
- the journal page showing the attributes of stinging nettle leaves and how to ID and harvest it
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I am a bit surprised, that nettle leaves are chosen for decoction. Usually decoction is a method used for tough roots, bark, or seed pods, not for delicate leaves. When I make my nettle infusion, I wait a few minutes after boiling water cools down a bit before pouring it over the nettle to make sure it wont degrade nutrients in it. I am curious, why is this method used? Any sources of info on the reasoning behind it?
 
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Honestly, I don't know the reasoning behind it. Being a novice at natural medicine, I pretty much tried to harvest knowledge from experts in the brainstorming thread and put it into the badge. Robin Katz was the one that suggested nettle leaf, and no one said anything against it, so I went with it. If there's another common herb that would be better for this badge bit, please suggest it, and we might end up changing it.

Here's where it was suggestged in the brainstorming thread: https://permies.com/wiki/80/103068/brainstorming-natural-medicine#888198

Robin Katz wrote:Decoction (45 minutes)
Dandelion Root
 - Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and and how to ID dandelion. Add it to the herb section. Post picture of your ID page in the book
 - Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and recipe for a dandelion decoction.
 - Make a dandelion decoction, with a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.
Ginger Root
 - Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and and how to ID ginger. Add it to the herb section. Post picture of your ID page in the book
 - Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and recipe for a ginger decoction.
 - Make a ginger decoction, with a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.
Nettle Leaf
 - Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and and how to ID nettle. Add it to the herb section. Post picture of your ID page in the book
 - Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and recipe for a nettle decoction.
 - Make a nettle decoction, with a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.  

 
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A willow bark decoction might be a good one. Just not so much for a child with a fever, due to the possibility of Reyes syndrome - but it's even fine for kids as long as there's no fever.
I think decocting nettles would likely destroy the properties most desired from it...
 
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