This is what I learnt:-
- Infusions are different to herbal teas. Herbal teas are brewed for just 10 minutes and infusions are brewed for a minimum of 4 hours.
- The benefits are vast as the longer period of time extracts more macro and trace minerals and many vitamins for our health.
- Since the minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions. (Susun S. Weed)
So, this week I have decided to make one herbal infusion per day. (Just enough to make one cup). I have been alternating Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) , Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) and Sage (Salvia officinalis). The benefits that I have experienced thus far are: less headaches, calmer emotions, a more regular tummy – and that’s just in five days. I have also not had a sinus attack this week-very good news.
How do I make the infusion?
- Measure out 8 grams of the chosen herb.
- Place it in a glass jar (250ml) that has a tight fitting lid.
- Once the water has boiled and the bubbles have subsided, fill the glass jar up to the neck.
- Give the herbal mixture a good stir, place the lid on and leave for four hours or overnight.
- Strain and drink straight away.
- Remember to put the leaves in the compost.