Herbal infusions have been creating a comeback because people feel the need to go all natural. We all know how herbs can provide large quantities of vitamins, minerals, and other essential fatty acids. Some even contain anti-cancer phytochemicals, antioxidants, blood sugar stabilizers, and immune system boosters. However, it depends on what herbs you use. But the great thing about herbal infusions is that it’s less expensive and safer! Medical practitioners often argue that these infusions can have a powerful impact on improving our health and it doesn’t even interfere with any of your existing medications.
If you want to know more about herbal infusions, below are some of the common herbal infusions that have great benefits:
- Alfalfa – Loaded with vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as digestive enzymes and trace minerals.
- Ginger Root – The immune building, digestive aid, warming and reduces inflammation.
- Raspberry Leaf – Supports the uterus, is high in magnesium and potassium and increases fertility.
- Oat Straw – Nourishes the nervous system, restores calm and balance when stressed.
- Dandelion Leaf – Supports kidney health, strengthens the immune system, balances blood sugar.
- Nettle – Provides energy, has adrenal restorative effects, a hormonal normalizer, prevents osteoporosis, vein, and circulatory tonic, and aids in digestion.
- Comfrey – Strengthens and heals bones, tendons, and ligaments, repairs inflamed tissues in the digestive system, skin, and memory.
- Mullein – Aids in coughing, congestion and has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic effects.
Tea VS Infusions
You might be wondering, what’s the difference between tea and herbal infusions? Herbal infusions are steeped longer and use a larger amount of herbs. It is very much like tea, but it’s more potent because it took longer to steep. Basically, a cup of nettle tea has 5-10mg of calcium, while a cup of nettle infusion can contain up to 500mg of calcium.
Some people drink both tea and infusions on a regular basis in order to reap the health benefits. Some would drink tea on a daily basis and make herbal infusions occasionally especially on days wherein they want to target a specific illness.
Personally, I treat infusions just like a vitamin supplement. I drink them as a way to supply my body with vitamins and minerals that I may lack. If by any chance that I feel like I’m going down with the flu or any other illness, I drink at least one cup of infusion a day. However, if you are experiencing any symptoms or illnesses, it’s still better to consult your physician first.
How To Make Long Herbal Infusions
- Take one ounce of chosen dried herb. You can put 1/8 to 1/4 of a jar. It can be less for finely ground herbs, less for heavier herbs that are in a form of roots, more for fluffy herbs.
- Place in a canning jar.
- Cover completely with boiling water and stir.
- Place lid on and let sit for 4 to 8 hours for leaves or flowers and 8 hours for roots. Most people make their infusions in the evening and then strain them in the morning.
- When you’re done brewing, strain and refrigerate.
Note: Infusion can be kept for 48 hours in the refrigerator. Proteins will start to break down after that and it will taste off. It can also be reheated but not to a boil. It can be iced, sweetened, or added with salt.