How to make a herbal infusion (tea)

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This is the process of extracting chemical compounds of herbs using water by allowing the herb to steep over time.  This steeping process usually takes 10-20 minutes, but can be longer, depending on the herbs you’re using, and the results you want.  Herb roots, barks, leaves, seeds, berries, and flowers can all be made into herbal infusions.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE AN INFUSION:

  • Using approximately 1 teaspoon of dried herb, or 2 teaspoons of fresh herb, per cup of distilled (or filtered) water OR one ounce herb to a pint of water.
  • Put your water on heat, bringing it to a boil.  (If you are using herbs like peppermint, spearmint, or chamomile,  use warm water since these herbs contain highly volatile oils that you don’t want to get too hot.)
  • Place your herb into a cup or jar.
  • When your water is boiling pour it over the herb.  (If you put the herbs into the water and then bring it to a boil that will be too much heat and destroy most of the medicinal properties of the herbs.)
  • Cover and let sit for 10-20 minutes.  If you want a stronger infusion, you can let it steep longer- up to 8-12 hours, or overnight.  Doing this as a last thing before bed is a good idea – you can enjoy it the following day.
  • After steeping, strain the tea into a cup and add a little honey if you want.  For general purposes, let it cool a little and drink it warm (body temperature); but to induce sweating and to break up a cold or a cough, drink it hot.

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