What is an herbal infusion?
An herbal infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time.
It is easy to get an herbal infusion and an herbal tea confused. An herbal infusion is very similar to a tea, but steeped longer with a larger quantity of herbs. The purpose of an herbal infusion is to give the body a high dose of vitamins and minerals (higher than a tea can provide).
For comparison’s sake, a cup of nettle tea has about 5-10 mg. calcium, while a cup of nettle infusion can have up to 500 mg.
What are the benefits?
Herbal infusions provide nutrients that help the body’s overall health. The large dosage of vitamins and minerals in an infusion give the body the boost it needs!
How do you make herbal infusions?
Herbal infusions can be made with a single herb, or a blend of several herbs. You will need:
1 quart water
Generous 2 cups packed fresh herb leaves and flowers
Note: This recipe makes about 1 quart. For a single cup serving, quarter the recipe.
Rinse herbs and pat or spin dry. Bring water just to a boil in a nonreactive saucepan and immediately remove from heat. Add herb leaves and cover. Covering the herbs ensures the essential oils will not escape.
For a hot infusion, steep from 5-30 minutes depending on your preference for strength and taste. Keep in mind that the longer you allow the herbs to steep, the more bitter the drink may taste. Strain the herbs and enjoy!
For a cold infusion, place herbs in a quart of cold water, cover securely, and allow to infuse overnight in the refrigerator. Strain and enjoy!