Herbal infusions are an excellent way to experience the healing benefits of herbs. Infusions are more potent than teas providing the nourishment your body needs. While a tea uses only a few teaspoons of herb steeped in water for about ten minutes, infusions use an ounce of herb steeped for at least four hours.
I started drinking infusions daily about two months ago after being exposed to them through some research that I was doing. I actually first heard of infusion through the folks at Learning Herbs, but at the time I had a lot of things going on in my life and didn't make any.
Later I started reading some material by the famous herbalist, Susun Weed. She is a huge supporter of using infusions and says they are particularly important for women. I've been drinking two infusions daily and I have to say that I've noticed a difference in my energy level.
How to Make Infusions
Making an infusion is quite easy. When you make herbal infusions you should always used dried herbs. The nutrients in dried herbs are released into the water during the infusion process more easily. You need a quart canning jar and a scale to weigh out your herbs. Just put an ounce of leaf or flower herbs by weight in a canning jar. If you are infusing seeds, roots, barks or berries use a pint jar instead of a quart. Then fill the jar with freshly boiled water. Stir it around a bit and then top the water up. Put on the cap and let it steep on the counter for at least four hours. While you can steep it overnight, you shouldn't leave your infusion steeping for too long because it will go bad.
I find that it is easiest to let herbal infusions steep overnight. In the morning, I strain out the plant matter. You can give the plant matter a good squeeze to make sure you get all of the vitamin rich water out to drink.
Store your infusion in the refrigerator and drink it over the course of a day or two. Instead of drinking water, tea or some other beverage drink your infusion until you've had two to four cups of it.
Herbs for Infusions
Infusions are nutrient dense powerhouses that are better than taking a multivitamin. Here are some great herbs to infuse
Susun weed recommends that women using the following four herbal infusions to combat the negative effects of menopause. These herbs provide you with iron, calcium and phytoestrogens.
Comfrey root is not safe for consumption because it can damage the liver, but leaf is safe. Make sure you use comfrey leaf in infusions.
Nettle is full of iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. It also contains vitamins C, A, D, and K. Nettle helps support the adrenals. It is quite beneficial if you suffer from fatigue.
Oatstraw is high in calcium and magnesium. It tones nourishes the nervous system and is one of my favorite infusions. I love the taste of it.
I drink these two infusions daily. Since I have been drinking them I have noticed that I feel more energetic.
You can also use infusions topically. You can add them to a bath or use them as a rinse for your hair.
I strongly recommend reading New Menopausal Years : The Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90 (Wise Woman Ways) to find out more about how to use infusions. She has a wealth of valuable information to share.
Here's a video made by the folks at Learning Herbs that shares some more information about herbal infusions.