Why Herbal Infusions?
Herbal infusions are the BEST way to supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. They are one of the most bio-available “multivitamins” that you’ll find. Actual multivitamin supplements tend to be made with synthetic nutrients, very high amounts of some nutrients, or they are just incredibly imbalanced.
Herbal infusions are basically a very strong tea. Tea is great for getting the action of the herb and some nutrients, but infusions are the most powerful way to get both the action of the herb plus all of the nutrients it offers. As an example: a cup of nettle tea has about 30mg of calcium, but a cup of nettle infusion has about 300mg! It is a HUGE difference, and can help immensely for people that need liquid nutrition as they work on gut healing.
Food and herbs aren’t important just for vitamins and minerals too! There are SO many other components to food that you will never find in synthetic supplements: phytochemicals, fiber, fat, protein, carbs, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, plant pigments, amino acids, fatty acids, isothicyanates. indoles, coumarins, antioxidants, enzymes, and more!
How to Make Herbal Infusions
Making infusions might seem daunting at first but I promise that they are super easy! Once you do it once, you’ll get the hang of it and get it done in 5 minutes from that moment on.
- Get some Mason Jars– 1 quart is best but you can use bigger ones for double batches.
- Heat up 1 quart of water to near boiling. As it’s heating up, add 1/4-1 whole cup of dried herbs to an empty quart Mason jar. See below for ideas on the herbs you can use.
- Add the water to the herbs in your jar. Put a lid on it and let it sit anywhere from 4 hours to overnight.
- Strain the herbs when you’re ready with a nice strainer like this. You can use the herbs for a second weaker batch or compost them! The weaker batch can be use for drinking, feeding plants, in a bath, or even as a hair rinse.
- Enjoy your infusion! Ideal amount would be 2-4 cups a day (technically you’ll have just under 4 cups left depending on how much liquid your herbs absorbed).
The Best Herbs for Herbal Infusions
The main infusions that you can make are with stinging nettles, red raspberry leaf, oat straw, red clover, chickweed, and comfrey. You can also use linden flowers, mullien leaf, violet leaf, or hawthorne berries/leaves/flowers. Each herb has its own specific purpose and of course, different flavor! All herbs have their own “best” preparation so these herbs are all best as infusions- not tea, not pills, only as infusions. You can read more about these herbs here!
It’s ideal to use 1 herb at a time, especially at first. Try one, see how you feel, and then determine if you want to attempt to mix herbs. Taste-wise they tend to be better on their own. Mixing them doesn’t always taste too good! You can rotate through them easily though- just make a few quarts of your favorite each week and enjoy 2-4 cups a day.