When most people hear the term “nourishing herbal infusions,” they’re intimidated. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that they are just as easy as making a cup of tea!

Tea is usually made with a small amount of herb and a small amount of water, and brewed in a few short minutes.

Nourishing herbal infusions are made with a large amount of herb, a large amount of water, and are brewed over a longer time period.

What You Need

  • Dried herb
  • Kitchen scale
  • Quart size mason jar with metal lid
  • Chopstick or other wooden/plastic stirrer
  • Boiling water
  • Small strainer (a pasta strainer is fine)
  • A cloth napkin or cheesecloth
  • Bowl

Choosing & Buying Your Herbs

I rotate between about six herbs, but I suggest focusing on four to start. My favorite herbs for infusions are Nettle Leaf, Red Clover, Linden, Comfrey, Red Raspberry, and Oatstraw.

Drive over to Good Earth one afternoon and go upstairs. This is where they have the loose herbs and teas. Buy a few ounces of each herb to try them and see which you like best.

When you’re ready to purchase more herbs, I recommend shopping online at Mountain Rose Herbs. They offer high quality herbs and have excellent discounts when you buy in bulk.

Make Your Infusion

It’s simplest to prepare your infusion before bed. Here are the steps.

  1. Put water on to boil.
  2. Measure 1 ounce of dried herb (unless you’re brewing linden–in that case use half an ounce) on the kitchen scale and put it in the quart sized mason jar.
  3. Pour boiling water to the top of the jar, using a wooden utensil to stir the herb until it is completely covered.
  4. Place the lid on top and close tightly.
  5. Let infusion sit on the counter overnight.
  6. In the morning, line the strainer with the cloth napkin or cheesecloth, place it over a bowl, and pour the infusion into the strainer. Once all the herb is strained out, squeeze any remaining liquid into the bowl.
  7. Pour your infusion into a glass and enjoy!

What infusions do you want to try? Tell us in the comments!

Want to learn more about Nourishing Herbal Infusions? Register for our upcoming class by calling (317) 437-3681 or emailing info@carmelmidwifery.com

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