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How to Make...
Nourishing Herbal Infusions

by Susun S. Weed

An infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time. Typically, one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water, tightly lidded and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours. After straining, a cup or more is consumed, and the remainder chilled to slow spoilage. Drinking 2-4 cups a day is usual. Since the minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions.

I make my infusions at night before I go to bed and they are ready in the morning. I put my herb in my jar and my water in the pot, and the pot on the fire, then brush my teeth (or sweep the floor) until the kettle whistles. I pour the boiling water up to the rim of the jar, screw on a tight lid, turn off the stove and the light, and go to bed.

In the morning, I strain the plant material out, squeezing it well, and drink the liquid. I prefer it iced, unless the morning is frosty. I drink the quart of infusion within 36 hours or until it spoils. Then I use it to water my house plants, or pour it over my hair after washing as a final rinse which can be left on.

My favorite herbs for infusion are nettle, oatstraw, red clover, and comfrey leaf, but only one at a time. The tannins in red clover and comfrey make me pucker my lips, so I add a little mint, or bergamot, when I infuse them, just enough to flavor the brew slightly. A little salt in your infusion may make it taste better than honey will.

Here are some links to other articles I have written that you will want to read:

Using Herbs Simply and Safely Learn how to understand how safe--or dangerous--any herb might be.
Nourish Yourself with Infusions Discover more about Nettles, Oatstraw, Red Clover, and Comfrey.
Nutrition the Wise Woman Way Many herbs are exceptional sources of minerals...
My Anti-Cancer Lifestyle An anti-cancer lifestyle is not a rigid set of rules to follow...
Boost Your Energy Naturally Wise Woman ways to beat fatigue and restore vitality to your life.
Building Better Bones Forget Osteoporosis, get flexible and nourish your bones naturally!

Still confused? Write to me at : susunweed@herbshealing.com


Green Blessings, Susun Weed


Summary of Infusion Data

 

Plant Part

Roots/barks
Leaves
Flowers
Seeds/berries

Amount

1 oz/30 g.
1 oz/30 g.
1 oz/30 g.
1 oz/30 g.

Jar/Water

pint/500 ml
quart/liter
quart/liter
pint/500 ml

Length of Infusion

8 hours minimum
4 hours minimum
2 hours minimum
30 min. minimum

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