A Breakdown on the Common Herbal Infusions

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A Breakdown on the Most Common Infusions:

Nettle Leaf:
Whole body tonic
Blood purifier and overall detox supporter (helps the kidneys, liver, lymph, etc)
Blood sugar regulator
Adrenal healer
Fixes the root issues that cause anemia
Balances calcium levels as it has the other main co-factors: mag, potassium, silica, etc
Most nutrient dense infusion overall
Anti-histamine
Can help significantly with detoxing estrogen
Only nutrient it is low in is sodium- so if it is needed, you can add a pinch of sea salt or some sole water

Chickweed:
Helps with dissolving things: cysts, tumors, fat cells, thickened mucus, and even bacteria.
Usually if one cannot tolerate nettles, they can do better with chickweed
Helps with healing exhaustion and can be helpful when recovering from surgery
Helps with absorbing minerals better
Helps with bladder issues, especially cystitis
Very nutrient dense: minerals- calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, phosphorus, and potassium; and these vitamins: C, A (from carotenes), and B’s such as folate, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine.

Oatstraw:
Most magnesium rich infusion
Best for fast oxidizers that need more mag, or those that can actually tolerate magnesium
One of the most silica rich herbs (silica is helpful in heavy metal removal as well as hair, skin, and nail health)
Great for nervous system issues due to the content of mag and zinc
Helps with liver detox and supports the pancreas
Helps the cardiovascular system
Can also help those trying to wean off of nicotine and other addictions
well-known aphrodisiac

Red Raspberry Leaf:
Best herb for women (but can be used by anyone)
Helps with balancing hormones, especially related to copper imbalances
One of the best herbs for pregnant and nursing mothers
Can help to heal from fevers and diarrhea when ill
Uterine tonic, helps increase breast milk supply, balances menstruation (whether too heavy or too light)

Others:
~Comfrey Leaf (never the root!): called Bone-Knit because it helps to heal bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments; has zinc, B12, protein, beta carotene, tannins, trace minerals and more.
~Linden flowers- for the immune system; can help with colds and flus, and helps lungs and digestion
~Mullein leaf- good for lungs!
~Hawthorn berries, leaves, and flowers for heart health!

Making Infusions:
Steep one ounce (one cup) of dried herb in a quart of hot water for at least 4 hours- leaving it overnight is perfect. Strain the herbs and store the liquid in the fridge. Some reuse the herbs to make another quart or 2. Mason jars are perfect for making these infusions. Infusions will generally last about 2-4 days in the fridge after making them. If you find yours has gone a little bad, you can use it for any plants you might have or even a hair rinse after you wash your hair!

***Need the low and slow method for introducing nettles (or any other infusion) to your day? Start with just 1/4 cup of the dried herb in a quart of water instead of a full cup, and start with drinking just a 1/2 cup of that mix a day. Slowly work up to the full amount of nettles as you feel more comfortable with it!

I Personally use Frontier herbs for my infusions.  You can find most of them on Amazon.  Mountain Rose Herbs is another great source for herbs.  Nettles, Oatstraw, Chickweed, Red Raspberry Leaf

Read more about these infusions here.

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