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Nº 6. Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Classic Emoliente

Although there is no a standard recipe for emoliente, most commercial emolientes (those mixtures of dry herbs sold in a package to prepare emoliente at home) include almost the same ingredients. This combination of herbs could be considered a kind of classic emoliente.

Classic Emoliente
Quantity Ingredient
1/2 cupToasted barley.
100 g (1/4 lb)Horse tail (Equisetum spp.).
1/2 cupFlaxseed/linseed.
1 handfulTender shoots of alfalfa.
5 big leavesPlantain (Plantago major) or boldo (Peumus boldus).
to tasteSugar.
to tasteLime juice.
4 liters (1 gallon)Water.

Directions: In a pot with water, put the toasted barley, horse tail, flaxseed/linseed, alfalfa, and plantain/boldo and simmer for several minutes. Then, remove it from heat, let it stand for 15 minutes, and strain.

Sweeten with sugar to taste. Add lime juice to taste, just before drinking. Drink hot.