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Herbal infusions~maintain health or support illness
October 29, 2014
If you have ever made a cup of tea, you are on your way to knowing how to make an herbal infusion. Infusions are one of the earliest forms of an herbal extraction. When infusing herbs you are able to gather both the Active and In-active constituents of the herbs you are using.
According to James Green (Herbalist) these in-active components are very important because they carry the "tonic" humans require for health maintenance. That is the ability to help with the bodies assimilation, digestion, repair, toning, and elimination.
He goes on to say that the non-digestible parts of the herbs we ingest go into the gut and supply a food source for beneficial bacteria to feed on. Our gut contains more than half our immune cells and having a healthy gut means having flourishing beneficial bacteria. So.....drinking herbal tea is a good thing for our health!
An herbal infusion is a preparation made with liquid and fresh or dried herbs. The herbs are better infused into the liquid if cut into small pieces.
Herbal infusions are one of the easiest remedies you can make for prevention or to support you in illness.If you have the herbs on hand, you can mix a blend together for when you need it. It is nice to have the tea ready to use when you are busy tending to someone who is sick.
When making herbal tea, I like to brew a quart jar at a time to drink through the day.
Place water on stove and heat to boiling, while water is heating, measure 1 oz of herb per pint of water. Warm container, place herb in container, pour water over tea and cover. Steep 20-30 minutes. Strain and squeeze out excess water. Measure the water and add hot water to the pint mark. Drink 3oz of the tea, three times a day
1/8 part Stevia leaf-Omit if you want to sweeten your tea with honey or another sweetener
Tips and thoughts on infusions:
Use only herbs that are delicate and soft (roots are better made into decoctions)
Use boiling water and pour over the tea, do not boil the herbs-this destroys enzymes and the beneficial contituents
Since herbs contain volatile oils that are beneficial to health and since volatile oils easily dissipate in to the air, cover your container while the herbs are steeping.
It is better to use glass, ceramic, glazed containers to make an infusion in. Avoid tin, metal, aluminum
Warm the container a little before adding the water so as not to chill the infusion.
Use "soft" water or distilled water to get the most benefits. "Hard" water affects availability of herbal components.
As always, make sure you know what you are using, the actions, side effects, and contra-indications. Know what age appropriate dosing would be. Generally infusions are better tolerated with fewer side effects than other remedies.
If you can afford it, purchase organic or organically grown herbs. Better yet, grow your own.
The above herbal tea recipe contains a lot of tonic herbs that are used to nourish your body. If making an herbal infusion using other herbs, please do your homework and know dosages based on a persons age and size.
If you have a favorite herbal tea from a company or one you make yourself, please share with us.