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’ve been enjoying drinking my daily Nourishing Herbal Infusion (NHI). I usually make it using Stinging Nettle (and add a little marshmallow root to decrease the drying effect it has on me). But a couple of times a week I use different herbs (horsetail, oat straw, and comfrey being the primary runners up) There are several herbs that make great NHI for instance:
Oatstraw – which is 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 & 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 & quality in lactating mothers
- Vitamins A, C, Iron, Manganese, Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium
- Externally helps with insect bites, burns, and wounds
Other types of infusions
These instructions are for a Nourishing Herbal Infusion made from the leafy part of a plant, if you are brewing:
Roots/barks use 1 oz in one 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 will be 1 oz in a one pint jar for a MAXIMUM of 30 minutes.
This is NOT medical advice, it is informational only.