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Infusions are extremely nourishing. I hope you’ll try them and continue them for the rest of your life! More bioavailable than a vitamin.
Infusions are different than a tea. Teas are best with fresh herbs and steeped for 5-10 min. Infusions are steeped for 4-8 hours. This will draw the minerals & phytochemicals in nourishing herbs. Dried herbs are best for infusions. Taking nourishing Herbal Infusions can take the place of supplements. Infusions also do not need digesting. The nourishment is absorbed directly.
A HOW TO INFUSE
What you need.
Quart Size Jar with cap or French Press
1oz Dried Herb
4 cups boiling water
Strainer or cloth.
If you don’t have a scale, then it’s typically about 1/3rd of your Quart sz jar. (But can vary dramatically per herb, I suggest a scale)
Pinch of salt (optional).
Boil 4 cups of water. While waiting for it to boil clean mason jar in hot water.
Weigh out 1oz of dried herb in jar. Pour Boiling water over dried herbs stir, add more water till full.
Tightly cap the jar.
After 4-8 hours or overnight you’ll want to strain it (see below for specific times). You can use a linen cloth.
Drink over ice and refrigerate what is left. Some will last longer than others but 2 days in the fridge is about it.
Nettle, Oatstraw, Violet or Horsetail can be used as a hair rinse if you don’t finish it in 2 days. The rest can be poured into your compost pile. And the strained herb can also be thrown in compost pile.
Leaves- 1oz herb to 1quart jar of water 4-10 hours min/max infusion time.
Roots/Barks- 1oz root/bark to 1 pint jar of water 8-10 hours minimum/maximum infusion time.
Flowers- 1oz flowers to 1 quart jar of water 1 hour minimum/maximum infusion time.
Seeds/Berries- 1oz seeds/berries to 1 pint jar of water 30 minutes minimum/maximum infusion time.
2nd infusion for Linden, or Marshmallow (or any other mucilaginous herbs): Take the already used herb from the 1st infusion after straining it. Add it to a pot and pour 2 cups VERY cold water over it. Let it sit for about ½ hr. Bring it to a slow boil over med. heat. Once it’s boiling turn it off and put a lid on the pan and remove from heat. Let sit for 4 hrs then strain and enjoy. This will result in a thicker, viscous liquid. They are moistening and have different health benefits. Depending on herb.
CAUTION: Aromatic herbs. These contain volatile oils. Or plants with resins, alkaloids, and other constituents not good for the liver in large qty. They can be ok in small amounts.
HOW MUCH TO TAKE: General guidelines
Two cups, sixteen fluid ounces of an infusion per day is the standard dose for a person weighing 125-150 pounds.
Use one cup if you weigh 65-75 pounds.
Half a cup for 30-40 pounds.
A quarter cup (4 tablespoons) for 15-20 pounds.
ABOUT THE HERBS:
The 1st 4 being the most widely used/suggested by herbalists as a starting point.
NETTLE: Urtica dioica
One of the most nourishing herbs.
Strengthens kidneys, helps with kidney stones & can even eliminate them. Has been known to take people off dialysis.
Tones the lungs, intestines & arteries.
Stabilizes blood sugar, resets metabolic circuits to normalize weight.
Lessen allergies. Can help eliminate chronic headaches.
Eases leg cramps & other spasms.
Strengthens the adrenals: by relieving anxiety & building focused energy. Depleted adrenals often over-react, giving rise to sudden sensations of anxiety, fear & nervousness. Gives you energy.
Also, can help increase the quantity & quality of breast milk & increase fertility in women & men.
NUTRIENTS: Very high in calcium, Chromium & magnesium, easily absorbed by the body. Nearly everyone necessary for human health & growth. Also high in Cobalt, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin, Selenium, Thiamine, Vit. A, & C, Zinc.
CAUTION: If this dries you too much, then you can add a pinch of marshmallow root or slippery elm bark. But for some it can be cooling so you add a slice or two of fresh ginger OR Fennel to the mix. Or I mix ½ and ½ with Chickweed, Violet or Cleavers.
LINDEN: Tilia cordata
Especially great for a hot dry day because of its cooling & mucilaginous qualities.
Great for sore throats & coughs.
Diaphoretic so great for colds & flu. Known for shorting infectious viral conditions.
Relaxing nervine for nervous tension, stress & panic conditions.
Nourishing to heart especially for those with High Blood Pressure associated with arteriosclerosis & nervous tension.
NUTRIENTS: Flavonoids, glycosides. Very High in Chromium, Magnesium & Silicon. Also High in Calcium, Niacin, & Vit a.
For reducing Cholesterol: Inflammation. After making the Linden Infusion of ½ ounce of fresh linden flowers In a quart jar. *Take strained leaves put them in a pot. Take 2 cups of cold water and cover linden and bring to a boil, turn off stove and let steep for 4 hours.
Linden contains a mucilage. It doesn’t dissolve in hot water. It will draw the mucilage out with 2nd infusion. You can then mix it together or drink it separately. The mucilage is the anti-inflammatory.
OATSTRAW: Avena sativa
Nourishes your nervous system. Acts as a restorative nerve tonic which is great for those who are stressed exhausted or have nervous breakdowns.
Decreases inflammation with regular use, especially helpful for those with Crohn’s disease, lupus or other autoimmune diseases.
Can help reduce high cholesterol.
Strengthens bones, teeth & nails because of the calcium & silicon.
PROPERTIES: Moist, nutritive, nervous system trophorestorative, relaxing nervine.
CAUTIONS: In theory this doesn’t have gluten in it. Those who have Celiac’s may wish to approach with caution though.
BURDOCK ROOT: Arctium lappa
Alterative & called a blood purifier as its high in iron & strengthens the kidneys & liver, which helps clean up the circulatory system. And gently works on the Lymphatic system.
Helps regulate bloods sugar with its high chromium, magnesium & inulin.
CAUTIONS: Not great for those with low blood pressure or excessive urination.
NUTRIENTS: Very High in Chromium, Iron, Magnesium, Silicon, Thiamine. Also high in Cobalt, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vit A & Zinc.
RED CLOVER: Trifolium pratense
Known as the anti-cancer herb in 33 different cultures. Strong alterative which promotes overall good health. Great for balancing hormones, so great for women going through Menopause as well as though wanting to increase their fertility.
Treats whooping cough & other dry irritable coughs even tuberculosis.
Can improve memory.
Nourishes the skin helping to eliminate eczema & psoriasis.
NUTRIENTS: Very High in Chromium, also high in Calcium, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Thiamine & Vit C.
CAUTIONS: for those on blood thinners & stopped before surgery. Not recommended for Pregnant Women.
DANDELION Root: Leaf: Taraxacum off.
Typically, I use the leaf in the spring and the Root in the fall. Combining the 2 is also great to support both elimination pathways!
The leaf has more of an affinity for the kidneys and the root has more of an affinity for the liver.
Roots contain inulin a prebiotic, which is very helpful for gut health.
Leaf is one of my favorite gentle diuretics.
The milky substance is Latex.
CAUTIONS: those with latex sensitivities and those with gallstones.
PROPERTIES: Cooling and drying. Nutritive, bitter liver tonic, cholagogue, diuretic
NUTRITION: Vitamins A and B. Leaf: calcium, potassium, iron, carotenoids, coumarins. Root: potassium, calcium, phenolic acids, taraxocoside, inulin
MULLEIN leaf: Verbascum thapsus
*Great to add to the rotation in the Wintertime, for cold season.
(Best warm with milk). ***Always strain with a cloth as to get the hairs off***
Infusions are more for lung issues then nutrition. Great for chronic & acute respiratory conditions. Strengthens the lungs that are prone to infections. Also brings relief in acute problems like bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma & hay fever. Can also relieve lymphatic congestion & aid in musculoskeletal pain.
CAUTIONS: Not to be used by people with fertility problems, those on blood thinners or during pregnancy.
NUTRITION: High in Cobalt, Niacin, Riboflavin, Vit A&C
ASTRAGALUS ROOT Astragalus membranaceus: can be used for viruses.
CHICKWEED Stelaria media:
Chickweed contains soapy substances, called saponins. Saponins, like soap, emulsify and increase the permeability of cellular membranes. When we consume chickweed those saponins increase our ability to absorb nutrients, especially minerals. They also dissolve and break down unwanted matter, including disease-causing bacteria, cysts, benign tumors, thickened mucus in the respiratory and digestive systems, and excess fat cells.
Chickweed is loaded with nutrition, being high in chlorophyll, minerals — especially calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, vitamins — especially C, A (from carotenes), and B factors such as folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine.
COMFREY: Symphytum uplandica (knitbone or bruisewort)
Heals scratches, cuts, bruises, broken or fractured bones, torn tendons & ligaments. That’s for external use & internally also.
Great ally against osteoporosis because of its high calcium content that is easily absorbed into our systems.
Great also for healing bronchial conditions & lung congestion & its demulcent & wound healing qualities are useful for gastric ulcers & colitis.
CAUTION: has pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PLAs) which can cause silent liver disease
If you’d like to read more on the debate of this topic This is a great. Note… Herbalist’s have been using this for years with no ill effect. Most recorded ill effects were from those eating “massive” quantities of it. Nothing in a large amount is good for you. article. https://1drv.ms/b/s!AltXsMG_xPLmmnX1W7kuODfk9cQ8
NUTRIENTS: High in, Calcium, Chromium, Manganese, Niacin, Potassium, Riboflavin, Selenium, Silicon, Vit A&C.
RED RASPBERRY: Rubus spp.
Often used during pregnancy as it eases nausea & morning sickness. These actions help ease labor pains & facilitate births. There is also evidence that regular infusions taken during the third trimester reduce the incidence of false labor.
Also toning for the male reproductive system as well for enuresis, spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation, impotence & sterility.
Scientifically proven to ease uterine & intestinal spasms & strengthen the uterine wall. & helpful for frequent urination.
Strong astringent & helpful in cases of prolonged diarrhea.
NUTRIENTS: known to be high in antioxidants, chromium, selenium, choline & vitamin C
HIBISCUS: High in Vit C.
KAVA KAVA ROOT: Sleep inducing sedative. Or can be energizing. It works both ways.
MARSHMALLOW Althaea officinalis:
Promotes a systemic moistening of tissues throughout the body. Shows an affinity for the Kidneysfor problems such as cystitis, kidney stones, & UTI’s.
Moistens dry irritated lungs.
Moistening to the digestive tract
ROSE HIPS:Rosa spp
Cooling & slightly moistening & can be added quite abundantly to nourishing herbal infusions.
NUTRITION: Known for their high Vit C content. Also includes Niacin, Vit A. Riboflavin, & Selenium.
VIOLET leaf: Viola spp (heart-ease)
Eases pain externally & internally for pain associated with arthritis & headaches.
Used for the physical & emotional heart for thousands of years.
Rutin: High in it which strengthens capillaries, prevents platelet aggregation & is anti-inflammatory.
Aids lungs in times of infections especially with signs of heat such as thick yellow mucous & congestions. It can also sooth the irritated throat. Potent lymphatic mover & supports overloaded lymph glands that have become swollen.
To better formulate the herbs to your individual needs or constitution
To increase nourishment.
GINGER Zingiber officinalis:
Spicy & Warming: Can improve the flavor & give warmth to a cold person.
Add a couple slices to the infusion *after done infusing.
HORSETAIL Equisetum arvense:
Just a pinch or so to infusions because it is so high in silicon.
CAUTION: Don’t take during pregnancy.
NUTRITION: High in silicon, calcium & magnesium.
KELP: Nereocystis luetkeana
High in iodine & trace minerals. Nice to add a slice to an infusion. Too much Kelp can cause an iodine overdose
PEPPERMINT Mentha piperita)
PINCH of peppermint is a good regular addition for flavor.
Can also help digestive complaints including nausea, flatulence, heartburn & abdominal cramping.
SLIPPERY ELM Ulmus fulva. U. rubra:
High in mucilage. For drying herbs (of which most of these are, especially for the Nettle, Red raspberry, or Red Clover) You can add a pinch to moisten your infusions or if you have a very dry constitution.
TIPS FOR YOUR HERBAL INFUSIONS:
Mix dried with moistening herbs to balance them out.
These can be kept for 2 days in the fridge. If you don’t drink you can water your plants with them. The flavor will get a lot stronger the longer it sits.
I find that if you mix the herbs people enjoy the flavors better. So, if you like the flavor of 1 herb and dislike the flavor of another herb combine them and it will taste much better.
I like to add dried berries to my infusions for their nutritional content also. The berries I use are Goji, Bilberry, Aronia berries, and the Hawthorn berries. I usually add ½ oz of berries to my 1oz infusion.
I prefer my infusions cold! Most people do. Some prefer warm so try them both ways.
Start your family out with 1oz shots and give them more as you go along. This is how I got my family drinking them. 😊 I’m a bit of a pusher though so I don’t give my family much choice…. I just bug them till they drink it. Now it’s a daily part of life. Take your herbal shots. 😊 My family is up to 10 oz a day (2 – 5 oz shots a day) that they can just quickly knock back. I can’t get them to just drink the teas for pleasure, but I can get them to do this. They might whine but the do feel better when they take them and have noticed so don’t whine too much. 😊 Babies love the flavor so start them young and they will never know any different. If they see you drinking, they just might want some anyway!
VIEW THE GOOGLE LINK HERE FOR NUTRIENT INFORMATION ON A LOT OF THESE HERBS
RESOURCES: Herbmentor.com, learningherbs.com, Rosalee de la Foret, Susun Weed., & Kim Gallagher.
I used to sell my own sunscreen and it worked great the 1st 2 times I made it. The 2nd time it seemed like I was burning but it seemed blotchy. Here is an article explaining homemade Sunscreens and why they are unreliable. (She is an independent research and formulating Chemist working as a consultant in the Cosmetic Industry. Her insights come from making, testing and evaluating sunscreens.) She explains how homemade sunscreens are hard to predict how much SPF is in it and the zinc oxide is finicky. It can sometimes suspend together and cause blotchy sunburns. So I stopped selling it and just make for my family. I gladly share my recipe though as I do believe when it works, it works great and there are no chemicals.
1/8 CUP CALENDULA INFUSED OIL
1/8 CUP LAVENDER INFUSED OIL
1/4 CUP ALOE VERA GEL (Not juice and buy organic)
1/2 CUPS COCONUT OIL 200gr
Omit if you prefer it to be more of a lotion
1/4 CUP COCOA BUTTER 25gr
1/4 CUP SHEA BUTTER 50 gr
25 DROPS LAVENDER EO (optional)
2 TSPN VIT E OIL (Optional – helps oils from oxidizing)
4 TBLSPN ZINC OXIDE (NON-NANO)
Non-Nano means it won’t soak into blood stream. It can also be ommitted if you don’t want. If you omit I’d use Red Raspberry Oil or Carrot seed oil instead which are high in SPF.
Makes approximately 12 oz
Partially melt beeswax, add cocoa let melt a little then add the shea butter let melt a little and then add the coconut oil. Once melted then add the infused oils and incorporate completely. then add the Aloe Vera Gel and incorporate completely.
Add Essential Oil & Vit E Oil
Remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide. Be careful and wear a mask and goggles so as not to get in mucus membranes while stirring. Use a whisk to mix as through as possible.
Let sit till it solidifies. Will take a while. Then refrigerate.
This will melt in the sun, but you can add back to fridge when you get home and then it will solidify again. So keep in a leak proof container. If you prefer it to be more lotion like omit the beeswax.
NOTE: I use the infused oils because it adds some healing and protecting properties. I do sell these infused oils if you’d like to get from me. Or you can just use any organic oil you have. Red Raspberry Oil & Carrot Seed Oil are extremely high SPF 25-50 and are great for the skin! I also buy all these items in bulk so it might be a lot cheaper for you to get from me.
This rubs in really well and does not stay white on the skin.
So why the elderberry shortage? The wonderful thing is that those who don’t know about herbs are learning about Elderberry and it’s amazing benefits… the bad thing about this is…. everyone wants to buy it and now unfortunately there is now a shortage on finding elderberries!
Now we end up fighting for our berries with the big companies and the birds and our stock is as empty of berries as this tree!!!
Organic Berries are harder to come by. Wild-crafted berries are easier to come by. The only issue of wild crafted is you never know where they get them, (unless they say) I get my wild crafted berries from my back yard, so I know they are not from some drainage ditch near a field that is sprayed with chemicals.
Elderberry Trees are really easy to propagate for your self. Here’s a great article on how. In 2-3 years you will have your own berries! Elder tree’s multiply like mad also. I find that they grow really well around my shed because they get extra water from the run off of the shed. They do like extra water. Fair warning. It is not fun to gather your own berries. It is hard work! I prefer to buy but with the shortage I resorted to picking my own berries this year. Hopefully more growers will be found.
Here are some companies I buy my berries from. Good luck!
When I first started learning about herbs, I didn’t have a lot of money. I couldn’t afford to buy books or courses and benefited from herbalist’s write-ups and blogs. I learned a lot from these sources and they are very useful.
I’ve put together this list of sites with quality information you can trust describing herbs and how to use them. I hope to inspire you to learn more about herbs and how they can benefit your health.
So your interested in learning about Essential Oils. You probably have a friend who is into MLM Essential Oils… but you also might have heard from other friends… be careful with essential oils, they are like or as strong as drugs. MLM marketing classes have info about their product and why their product is the best and how to use it. I think it’s great though to learn from respected certified aromatherapist’s who have been trained, in the use and safety of Essential Oils.
Don’t have a certified aromatherapist in your area? Here are some free introductory courses for using Essential Oils. I’ve listed them in the order that I feel is the best course. I have taken some classes from my local Certified Aromatherapist and these courses. Learned something at every one. These free courses will also help you see if you like their teaching style in order to further your education of Essential Oils with them.
Essential Oil Research Interpretation: Franklin Institute of Wellness with Jessie Hawkins: She essentially just reads from her slides so it can be rather dry. When you sign up for this mini course you will get future e-mails of free webinars she conducts. They are very heavily research based, but I’ve learned many things.
In 2008 my 3rd child was born. I began training for Strongman Competitions right after she was born. (I’d always been an avid weightlifter). My 1st competition was when she was 4 months old and I got 2nd place! After my last competition I got a bulging disk in my lower SI joint. I recovered from this but not completely, it would keep bulging. Problems then seemed to work their way up my spine. When I would work out I would get terrible shoulder and neck pains resulting in 3 day migraines. No amount of drugs would help the pain in my shoulder, neck or migraines. Sometimes a really good massage would help. I was in constant pain all the time. It started getting worse. Burning down my legs, arms, hips & back.
I went to specialist after specialist with no help. No one could figure out what was wrong. One doctor thought maybe I had Fibromyalgia, and said, I’ll give you Lyrica, if it works then you have Fibro, if it doesn’t, then I’m not sure what is wrong, & will just send you to a pain management doctor. Lyrica didn’t help, pain management doctor, didn’t help. Scans showed nothing wrong with me, yet I couldn’t weight-lift anymore, and I’d been weightlifting for 20 years.
At this point, 2 years after my daughter was born, and about a year of seeing various specialist’s, I’d pretty much given up on getting help. I then was introduced to a wonderful nurse working towards her Nurse Practitioners licence. She is specializing in natural healing, mainly using nutrition & supplements. In 2 weeks she had me working out again, by changing my diet and adding supplements. I was amazed! I was hooked on learning about natural healing. I thought I was already eating a reasonably healthy diet. I learned my body just couldn’t tolerate some foods and I was deficient in nutrients. About a year later I learned you could use herbs to heal the body and learned about a local herbalist who was helping a friend of mine. I started seeing the herbalist to further my healing journey. This was all new and amazing to me. I learned I could go to my backyard, pick a weed, and heal myself. In the past, I ran to the Doctor for everything, and now with most things I can treat myself and my family with the amazing herbs that God created. I can’t get enough of learning about herbs and their amazing abilities. I have lots still to learn and love learning.
My Current Goals:
I’m currently working with my friend who is still on the road to opening her own Clinic of Natural Healing. I will one day practice in her clinic. I’m currently enrolled in an herbal intensive course with my herbalist. I’ve completed 1 year with her and am continuing on with her. I have also spent over 800+ hours taking various herbal healing courses/classes currently. I continue to take various other on-line courses. My main goal is to become a Registered Clinical Herbalist, Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. What this means is, a group of peers will acknowledge I posses the knowledge & skill to work with others on their own healing journey as a clinical herbalist.