A GUIDE TO HERBAL INFUSIONS

Image: Alexa Gray

Image: Alexa Gray

All herbs contain an array of healing properties that work to support the body by bringing it back into balance. Infusions are made up of a variety of herbs steeped for a longer period of time than tea to create a nutritive, deeply nourishing, and healing brew. Herbal infusions are a potent source of vitamins, minerals, and plant constituents that help to rebuild our cells, while simultaneously boosting immunity and reducing inflammation.

Incorporating a variety of herbs into our daily meals adds a boost of nutrition, while infusions act as a concentrated therapeutic antidote. Make your own herbal infusion by combining 1part each of the following herbs. Play around with potency & add more of the herbs you feel drawn to. One to two cups of these herbal combinations will support and nourish the whole body while gently alleviating common ailments.


BEAUTY INFUSION Chrysanthemum, Calendula & Goji

IRON INFUSION Nettle, Raspberry Leaf & Rose Hips

MOON CYCLE INFUSION Raspberry leaf, Dandelion & Ginger

SLEEP DEEP INFUSION Passionflower, Lemon balm & Skullcap 

DIGESTIVE INFUSION Fennel, Peppermint Leaf & Ginger


HERES HOW:

::: Mix 6 tablespoons of dried herbs into a large mason jar. (More or less of herbs you need)

::: Cover completely with boiling water, stir with a wooden spoon and add water until full.

::: Cover, and let sit for 4 -8 hours for leaves or hardy flowers, and 8 hours for roots OR steep ½ the amount for a potent & quick 20 minute herbal tea.

::: Strain & Enjoy!

*Infusion are most potent for 48 hours in the refrigerator.

A FEW GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW

 ::: Buy loose-leaf herbs over pre-bagged teas. Sources like Mountain Rose Herbs are fantastic for finding a variety of rare, organic herbs or check out your local co-op!

::: Always buy organic

::: Make your infusions in the evening and then strain it in the morning (OR steep ½ the amount for a quick 20 minute herbal tea)


HERBAL PROPERTIES + BENEFITS

CHRYSANTHEMUM

Promotes clear, beautiful skin, cleanses the liver & supports eye health. It’s also used to treat high blood pressure, upper respiratory problems, and thyroid imbalances.

CALENDULA

Internally, it’s effective for enhancing circulation & supporting skin health. Externally, it’s a powerful healer for cuts, scrapes and burns. Calendula also prevents infection as it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

GOJI

Loaded with Vitamin C, Beta Carotene and antioxidants. Plus, trace minerals, iron, and amino acids. Goji provides amazing benefits for the liver, kidneys and blood. They also add a lovely touch of “sweet” to infusions or water!

NETTLE

Rich in minerals and high in iron, nettle is a powerful antidote for anemia. It’s deeply nourishing pre/post cycle, after childbirth and in the case of a miscarriage. Nettle also supports kidney health, clears urinary tract infections and is incredibly effective at reducing seasonal allergies.

RASPBERRY LEAF

Affinity for the reproductive and urinary systems making it a fantastic herb for women. Nourishes and tones the uterus through menstrual cycles and labor, is high in iron, magnesium, & potassium, and increases fertility. Raspberry leaf is also high in selenium, which supports glowing, healthy skin.

ROSE HIPS

Add to your infusion for a tangy, citrusy flavor. Rose is high in vitamin C and minerals, plus a potent dose of Vit A known for healing and promoting skin health. Rose hips also act as an anti-inflammatory, fantastic for boosting immunity and supporting cellular strength.

DANDELION

Both the leaf and the root are used to cleanse & heal the liver, balance hormones, and support digestion by stimulating stomach acid production. Dandelion also helps to detox the system, regulate blood sugar and strengthen immunity.

GINGER

A common herb used to help prevent/reduce motion sickness & morning sickness and soothe nausea. Ginger’s warming properties improve digestive fire, expel gas, and break fevers. It’s anti-inflammatory actions help to reduce pain and increase immunity. The perfect addition to any herbal infusion!

PASSION FLOWER

Best known for alleviating sleep disturbances and insomnia. Helpful for reducing anxiety & depression, regulating insulin levels, reducing inflammation, and decreasing hot flashes associated with menopause. It can also help with headaches, muscles spasms, and irritability.

LEMON BALM

A calming and relaxing herb helpful for alleviating anxiety and depression. Promotes deep sleep, soothes digestive distress (indigestion and colic) nourishes the thyroid, and balances the nervous system.

SKULLCAP

Soothes the nervous system and supports deep + restorative sleep. Skullcap is helpful for reducing anxiety, cleansing the liver, regulating insulin levels and supporting weight loss/management. It’s highly sedative properties make it best for a bedtime infusion.

FENNEL

A very powerful herb that acts as a carminative to help aid in digestion. Reduces gas, bloating, stomach cramps, and indigestion. Fennel can also help to reduce nausea, regulate bowel movements, and balance estrogen in the body.

PEPPERMINT

An anti-spasmodic that helps to relieve cramping (menstrual & digestive), gas & digestive distress. Also helpful for colic, seasonal allergies and high levels of calcium, vitamin B, and potassium make peppermint a potent immunity booster. Menthol, the mint found within peppermint, is a natural decongestant that will help break down phlegm and restrict bacterial and fungal growth. 

OTHER FAVORITES

 TULSI

The "queen of herbs", also known as Holy Basil. This Indian sourced herb is used in Ayurveda as an adaptogen to balance stress in the central nervous system, regulate blood sugars, and support the immune system. A delicious tea or infusion on it’s own!

 ECHINACEA

This is a great all around immunity herb because it targets bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Echinacea stimulates white blood cells and the lymphatic system.

ORANGE PEEL

Orange peel is high in vitamins A and C, and acts as an anti-inflammatory to increase blood circulation. Orange peel also helps with lung health by acting as a natural antihistamine and expelling congestion from the lungs. 

RED CLOVER

Red clover contains resin, a substance helpful to the respiratory system. Resin is often used to treat congestion and coughs due to its antimicrobial properties.

MILK THISTLE

High in antioxidants, which makes it an amazing cancer fighter. It also reduces the effects of aging on the body and promotes healthy skin. Milk thistle is a powerful detoxifier that acts specifically on cleansing and healing the liver and kidneys.

SCHISANDRA

This herb is a great herb for anyone who is experiencing mild depression as well as adrenal fatigue/burnout. Along with helping to uplift the mood, and balance the adrenals, it can also help with; balancing blood sugar, clearing lung infections, regulating blood pressure, and protecting the liver from everyday stressors.

* NOTE – CONSULT A PRACTITIONER BEFORE CONSUMING HERBS WHILE PREGNANT *

My favorite Source for bulk herbs - Mountain Rose Herbs

Source for Chinese tonic herbs & Superfoods - Dragon Herbs