One of my favorite ways to consume nourishing herbs is by way of an infusion. Really, a cup of tea is a type of infusion, but when I think of an infusion, I generally think of something a little more than tea — steeped longer and made with my health or mental state in mind. While taste is important, it isn't the primary motivation for creating an infusion for me!
I prefer to make infusions by the quart jar. This way, I can take a jar with me to work or have around the house and sip throughout the day. It is a wonderful way to stay hydrated while ingesting beneficial herbs, vitamins, and nutrition. My coworker, Mason, is also a big infusion drinker and he tends to make his infusions using two herbs at a time. I generally choose four complimentary favorites, but you could also make a wonderful infusion using just one of your favorite herbs!
General Infusion Directions
- Using a clean quart jar, fill about 1/5 of the jar with herbs of choice.
- Pour boiling water over and fill jar, loosely cover with a lid, cheesecloth or towel (don't cap tightly while it is hot.)
- Allow to infuse for at least 4 hours. I like to do this at night when I'm heating up the teapot for that last cup of tea, but you can do it any time that works for you.
- After allowing to steep and infuse for several hours, strain out the herbs (I pour over a small strainer into a clean mason jar.) You can add more water at this point, if you'd like as the tea will be quite strong or you can drink as is.
- Drink at room temperature, add to a smoothie, or heat up as desired.
Here is one of my current favorite combination infusions...
Feel Good Infusion Tea Blend Recipe
- 1/4 cup organic marshmallow root
- 1/4 cup organic nettle leaf
- 1/4 cup organic red clover
- 1/4 cup organic oatstraw
Follow directions for infusing above.
Feel free to experiment with your favorite herbs. This is a great way to prepare and consume some of the roots and berries too, as they have adequate time to steep and extract!
This post was originally a part of our series called "The Sunday Steep."