How to Make a Nourishing Herbal Infusion

Herbal infusions are not all created equal.

The infusion we brew primarily for medicinal use is generally a 15 minute endeavor. A Nourishing Herbal Infusion is used when we want to use herbs for replacing our daily vitamins, and the steeping time is greatly increased. Different herbs hold a variety of vitamins and minerals, and when we allow for a long steep, those gems are passed into the water giving our bodies access to them.

I enjoy drinking my daily Nourishing Herbal Infusion (NHI). I usually make it using stinging nettle plus a little marshmallow root to decrease the drying effect it has on me, but a couple of times a week, I mix it up with different herbs such as horsetail and comfrey. There are many herbs that make great NHI, for instance:

oatstraw – great for bones, teeth, nails and the nerves
red clover – hormone balancing
linden – high blood pressure and nervous tension
alfalfa – inflammation, osteoporosis

Traditional uses of nettle

  • helps build blood and increase circulation
  • regulates blood sugar
  • normalizes metabolism to aid in weight loss
  • decreases profuse bleeding (including menses)
  • can help decrease allergies
  • reduces inflammation
  • encourages milk production and quality in lactating mothers
  • vitamins A, C, iron, manganese, selenium, calcium, magnesium
  • externally helps with insect bites, burns and wounds

Other types of infusions

The following instructions are for a Nourishing Herbal Infusion made from the leafy part of a plant. You will need to alter the times if you are brewing:

  • roots/barks – use 1 oz  in a 1-pint jar and infuse a MINIMUM of 8 hours
  • flowers – use a quart sized jar, 1 oz flowers and infuse a MAXIMUM of 1 hour
  • seeds/berries – use 1 oz in a 1-pint jar for a MAXIMUM of 30 minutes

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Note: This is NOT medical advice, it is informational only.

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