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Wise Woman Wednesday # 3: How to Make an Herbal Infusion

by Angela
An infusion is basically a strong cup of tea. An infusion is used when working with delicate parts of plants – flowers, leaves, seeds, and roots with volatile oils. For barks, stems, nuts, and most roots, you’d make a decoction (more on that next week).  An herbal infusion is typically done with water, though you can also infuse vinegar, oil, honey, and other liquid (Look for a forthcoming post on making a natural bug repellant with infused oil).For a basic infusion, place the herbs in a container with a snug-fitting lid and pour boiling water over them. Cover the container and let steep for 10-20 minutes.

For a stronger infusion, you can place the herbs in a covered pot and heat VERY SLOWLY over VERY LOW heat until the water begins to simmer. Remove from heat and allow to infuse for 10-20 minutes.

Strain out the herbs and your infusion is ready to use.

Female Tonic Tea (Modified from Herbal Healing for Women, Rosemary Gladstar)
“This is an especially nice tonic formula for the reproductive system. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and contains uterine tonic herbs.” (page 111)

2 parts raspberry leaf
1 part strawberry leaf
2 parts nettle
2 parts peppermint or spearmint
2 parts lemon grass
stevia to sweeten (optional)

Use the instructions above for a stronger infusion. Rosemary Gladstar recommends drinking 3 to 4 cups daily.

A word about purchasing herbs:
Growing your own herbs is amazing, but not doable for everyone. However, it is important to know that you are using quality herbs. For some herbs, like skullcap, herb “knock-offs” can be sold and those can be dangerous. Buy herbs from a reputable retailer – I usually purchase my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.


Angela
is partner to Matt, foster mom to O and J, Truth-chaser, and education addict. She loves to play with words, workflow rules, herbs, and dirt. Angela lives in rural Illinois, where her family is part of an intentional Christian community. When she gets up the gumption, Angela blogs over at Leaping Greenly and hatch*.
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