Have You Tried Herbal Infusions? It’s Better Than Tea!

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.

Have You Tried Herbal Infusions? It's Better Than Tea!

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

Have You Tried Herbal Infusions? It's Better Than Tea!

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

Have You Tried Herbal Infusions? It's Better Than Tea!

  1. 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.
  2. Place in a canning jar.
  3. Cover completely with boiling water and stir.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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  • Amanda Long says:

    I know that herbal infusions are good for your health but I seriously can’t handle the taste!

  • Kara Mccormick says:

    I love herbal infusions in honey. I add them to my normal tea and it transforms normal tea into something that’s more nutritious.😃

  • Jean Perry says:

    Herbal infusions are a miracle drink for me. With simple cough and colds, it can actually be soothing. What I also love about it is that I don’t have to damage my liver by drinking so many medicines. As soon as I feel a flu or cough starting, I load up on my herbal infusions already.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      This is why natural remedies are better. Our liver will thank us!

  • You can actually put milk in your infusions if you want to make it taste a bit like chai tea. You can also add cinnamon for a better taste.

    • Silvia Grant says:

      Great idea. I guess I just have to experiment on what would make it taste better than just leaves.🤢

  • Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been looking for something natural to replace my vitamin supplements.

  • I love herbal medicines. They work wonders for your body and it also has very little to no side effects compared to OTC medications.

  • Dixie Hawall says:

    The only thing that I don’t like about herbal infusions is that it doesn’t last long. 48hours isn’t enough for me. I make sure I only brew what I can drink so I that I don’t end up wasting herbs.

  • Miriam Love says:

    I tried this before and it tastes really disgusting. However, my friend told me that I shouldn’t be scared in adding sweeteners (but not too much).

  • Steeping it overnight would probably make it really bitter. However, it’s for medicinal purposes so you can’t really do much about the taste.

  • Linda LEAHY says:

    Depending on the herb, I experiment on the steeping time. I don’t just leave the herbs overnight because the taste becomes too off and it’s unbearable to drink. Some herbs require only a few hours of steeping and you get enough nutrients from it already.

    • Connie Collier says:

      You’re right. I don’t like that it tastes too “herbal”.

  • Jaime Mcgee says:

    I have a herbal garden because I love herbal infusions. When you’re feeling low on energy or you’re about to get sick, I find that herbal infusions can really help boost your immune system. I’ve avoided tons of colds thanks to my infusions.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      Glad to know that it’s working great for you, Jaime! Isn’t it amazing that we don’t always have to rely on medicines?

  • Fannie Hall says:

    My grandmother actually relies on herbal infusions to stay healthy. She’s in her 70’s but she’s still strong. She even convinced me to do brew and so far, it’s working well for me. I also don’t see any harm in doing this since it’s just medicinal plants!

    • This is safer compared to over the counter medicines. There are people out there who would rather go for something that doesn’t have any additives– just overall safer.

  • Others use fresh herbs instead of dried ones. What’s better, anyway?🎍

  • I can’t wait to try this. I have a really bad immune system and vitamins don’t really help me that much. I wanna try and see if this works.

  • Interesting. I was planning to have a herb garden at home because I love gardening and it would be great to grow my own herbs. I currently have ones that are used for cooking but I haven’t tried growing medicinal plants. Thanks for suggesting this.

  • Even supplements are medicines nowadays aren’t even safe. They put additives that can be toxic. Not only that, it can also damage our liver in the long run. It would be better if most of us would switch to something natural like this.

    • Darlene Bridges says:

      Exactly why we need something like this. The only problem is the accessibility of buying these plants.

  • Bernice Perry says:

    When you’re used to taking herbal infusions, you won’t even mind the taste anymore. It’s really bitter at first but once you start feeling the benefits of drinking it, you won’t even care anymore 😏

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      That’s how it was for me. You just get used to it!

  • Alexis Stevenson says:

    I haven’t even heard of some of these herbs. This sounds too good to be true…

  • Dawn Gonzales says:

    Would love to try this once I get my hands on some herbs. It’s just disappointing that it can only last up to 48 hours after brewing. Is there a way to preserve this?

  • Shannon Harper says:

    I’ve been doing infusions for quite a while now and I can really tell that it has improved my health significantly.🤗

  • Rosy Harriss says:

    Just making an herbal infusion for the next few days. Nettle, dandelion, rosemary, and coriander.

  • Mariana Lu says:

    When I was pregnant and anemic, I made a tincture using all iron rich plants. There is something growing in nature for every ailment known to humans!!

  • Roselyn Lister says:

    I was wondering how to get more minerals in my life and was happy to see that I already had 4 of these herbs!!

  • Shelly Field says:

    I just planted a few herbs outside and I’ve been loving gardening. I’m so excited to use some of them in my tea.

  • Sarah Ziegler says:

    Good information thank you so much!! I mix my own herbs with green tea. For winter my basic herb is nettle which is dry and warm and for summer alfalfa which is moist and cool.

  • Victoria Ament says:

    This summer I am going to start small and grow a few herbs. I love ginger root and nettle. I loved this article and it inspired me to start gardening!!

  • Sloane Frierson says:

    Wait so when you dry it outside like that wouldn’t it get dusty? How do you clean them before consuming in tea??

  • Carol Dailey says:

    I just got some fresh herb plants that are in my window. I have thyme, basil, and rosemary and I have no idea what to do with them.

  • Lyla Hardy says:

    I loved the idea of herbal tea infusions. I am a habitual tea drinker and it just gave me so much inspiration.

  • Laurence Korhonen says:

    I used to go to the woods in Switzerland, in the mountains and collect my own nettle, dry it in the dehydrator and make teas. Love nettles!! Also super good in soups.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      Amazing! It would be great if we had most of these herbs just right in our backyard.

  • Helen Diehl says:

    Absolutely love herbal tea infusions!! Thanks for sharing such a great article. They’re amazing and relaxing as always.

  • Elora Abrams says:

    Love this article!! Just bought my first herbs to do my first herbal infusion! Thank you so much for sharing this earth wisdom.

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