Herbal Preparation and Use - Cold Infusions (Hima)

Herbal powders release their energies more quickly than raw herbs, so they are left to steep in cold water from 1 hour to overnight (overnight is the preferred time). As with hot infusions, cold infusions are best for delicate parts of the herbs. This method offers the further advantage of preserving herbs which have cooling or refrigerant properties. Pitta-reducing therapies are best suited to this method of preparation. Herbs include jasmine, sandalwood, mint, etc.