All About Herbal Infusions

Learn to make highly nutritious herbal drinks and reap the benefits of five healthy, restorative herbs.

| November/ December 2017

  • Add wholesome, restorative drinks to your daily routine with nothing more than dried herbs and water.
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  • The vitamins and minerals found in herbal infusions that are absent in teas are highly bioavailable.
    Photo by Jane Cookman Metzger; courtesy Herbal Academy of New England
  • A sweet-tasting full-body tonic, oatstraw helps combat stress, fatigue and anxiety.
    Photo by Jane Cookman Metzger; courtesy Herbal Academy of New England
  • Nettle is useful for the liver and kidneys, and for anyone suffering from aching joints or rheumatism.
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  • Raspberry leaf offers an abundance of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium and calcium.
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  • Marshmallow root is a potent anti-inflammatory.
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  • Red clover is considered an anti-cancer ally and is used to treat respiratory infections.
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Herbal Infusions are one of the simplest and least expensive healthful additions you can make to your daily routine. Similar to a tea, infusions involve minimal ingredients: herbs and water. However, this wholesome drink requires a longer steeping process than tea — anywhere from four to 10 hours before the final product is ready. It is also typically consumed in large quantities, up to a gallon a day.

Five Herbs for Herbal Infusions

1. Nettle (Urtica Dioica)

Actions: Alterative, analgesic, antihistamine, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, blood tonic, diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue, hemostatic, nutritive

Nettle has a long and thorough history of use across cultures and eras alike, as it grows easily in many climates, flourishing wherever it takes root. Known as a powerhouse of chlorophyll, vitamins, formic acid and serotonin, nettle’s fibrous body can be used to create cloth and paper. Nettle is an energy builder and a circulatory stimulant, meaning it aids in getting the blood pumping through the extremities, which is helpful for anyone suffering from aching and painful limbs or joints, as well as arthritis, gout and rheumatism. As a blood builder and tonic, the herb benefits the liver, kidneys and gallbladder by restoring depleted vitamins and minerals while removing toxins from the body. Highly nourishing, nettle assists in rebuilding the adrenals, fighting infections, reducing inflammation and even treating urinary issues.

Infusion: Nettle is recommended to women postpartum for its nutritive and breast-milk-enhancing properties. It is also a vital companion for anyone struggling with calcium depletion, arthritis, allergies and muscle pain.

Nettle can be found growing wild and is identified by its heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges, small green flowers and fruits that bear only one seed. Before the plant is cooked or dried, nettle leaves sting. Always wear gloves and long sleeves when handling the fresh plant.

12/27/2017 9:18:12 PM

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12/27/2017 9:18:10 PM

Kimberlyk, I like Mountain Rose Herbs. You can buy in bulk and they are not expensive.

12/15/2017 1:07:42 PM

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