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)
Other Herbal Infusions: ~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!
My name is Kristin, and I've been on the path to help people achieve better health using whole food nutrition, mineral balancing, and holistic healing principles for almost 7 years now. The body is a whole and we must treat it as such! I have my Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Sciences, certificates in Herbal Studies from Herbal Academy, and I am constantly learning more about health to help my clients and followers.