Herbal infusions are not all created equal.

The infusion we brew primarily for medicinal use is generally a 15 minute endeavor. A Nourishing Herbal Infusion is used when we want to use herbs for replacing our daily vitamins, and the steeping time is greatly increased. Different herbs hold a variety of vitamins and minerals, and when we allow for a long steep those gems are passed into the water giving our bodies access to them.

I’ve been enjoying drinking my daily Nourishing Herbal Infusion (NHI). I usually make it using Stinging Nettle (and add a little marshmallow root to decrease the drying effect it has on me). But a couple of times a week I use different herbs (horsetail, oat straw, and comfrey being the primary runners up) There are several herbs that make great NHI for instance:

Oatstraw – which is great for bones, teeth, nails and the nerves
Red Clover – hormone balancing
Linden – high blood pressure and nervous tension
Alfalfa – inflammation, osteoporosis

Traditional uses of nettle

  • Helps build blood & increase circulation
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Normalizes metabolism to aid in weight loss
  • Decreases profuse bleeding (including menses)
  • Can help decrease allergies
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Encourages milk production & quality in lactating mothers
  • Vitamins A, C, Iron, Manganese, Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium
  • Externally helps with insect bites, burns, and wounds

Other types of infusions

These instructions are for a Nourishing Herbal Infusion made from the leafy part of a plant, if you are brewing:

Roots/barks use 1 oz  in one pint jar and infuse a MINIMUM of 8 hours

Flowers use a quart sized jar, 1 oz flowers and infuse a MAXIMUM of 1 hour.

Seeds/berries will be 1 oz in a one pint jar for a MAXIMUM of 30 minutes.

How to Make Nourishing Herbal Infusions

Category: nourishing herbs, tonics

How to Make Nourishing Herbal Infusions

Ingredients

  • 2 quart-sized jars and 1 lid - plastic or metal is fine
  • kitchen scale (just a basic one is fine)
  • dried stinging nettle (preferably organic or wildcrafted for optimum nutritional benefit)
  • boiling water
  • small ladle
  • small towel, potholder, or trivet
  • nut milk bag

Instructions

  • Preheat your jar. I fill it with hot water and let it sit for a minute then pour the water out
  • Set preheated jar on the trivet on the scale and make sure the scale reads zero
  • Using your ladle, carefully measure out 1 oz of the dried herb
  • Fill the jar with water "just off the boil"
  • Stir well and cover with lid
  • Let it sit on your counter for a minimum of 4 hours
  • Strain through the nut milk bag into a second jar and drink or store in the refrigerator.

Notes

This will be good for up to 36 hours, after that you should use it as a hair rinse or pour it on your plants for some added nutrients.

http://www.huckleberrybotanicals.com/how-to-make-a-nourishing-herbal-infusion/

This is NOT medical advice, it is informational only.