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Paula Youmell, RN Registered Nurse, Natural Health Educator, Author

Making Herbal “Tea” Infusions

Herbs are food:

I recommend making infusions, not herbal teas. Herbal teas are when you steep the herbs for 35 minutes to enjoy the flavors of wonderful herbal plants. Infusions are when you steep the herbs for at least 3-4 hours, covered in a quart canning jar. I recommend steeping them overnight in the canning jar or the pot you boiled the water in, covered. You can strain the herbs in the AM and reheat the infusion, oh so very gently to preserve the nutrients, or enjoy at room temperature. Making Infusions: Boil water. Measure leaf and flower herbs while water is heating. Use approximately 2 tsp. of dried herbs per cup of water. To make a stronger medicinal infusion, use more herbs. When water is boiling shut off and add dried herbs. Cover and let steep for at least 30 minutes. I make medicinal infusions at night, let steep – covered – overnight, and stain to use in AM. If making infusions (called a decoction) with seeds, roots or barks: chop pieces as small as you can (roots & bark, seeds stay whole or you can gently crush). When water is boiling, reduce heat to very gentle simmer. Add herb pieces, cover, and simmer very gently for 1520 minutes. Again, I let them sit, covered, overnight and strain in the AM. Do not let this boil as it ruins the medicinal properties and nutrients in the herbal infusions medicine. If making mixed infusions with parts that need to simmer and the leaves & flowers that do not need to simmer, simmer parts first then turn off heat and add leaves / flowers and let steep, covered, overnight. I recommend making a quart each night and sipping 1 cup, 4 times throughout the day, each day. I usually make ½ gallon to 1 gallon at a time so I do not have to make medicinal infusions every night. You can drink it cold (keep in the refrigerator) or you can gently warm. Do not over heat tea, do not boil tea, do not every make tea or re-heat tea in a microwave. Microwaves are toxic.

Herbs to use for tea infusions: This is just a tiny list to get you started. Nettles are my favorite, high mineral, nourishing herb.

Nettles: a fabulous nutritional herb feeding all body cells. This is a leaf

Making herbal infusions bone mineral tea  
Making herbal infusions bone mineral tea