the water method
the non-alcoholic herbal medicine
Infusions are fantastic to make. They have a shorter shelf life but are among the best and quickest remedies out there. Not nearly as potent as tinctures (made with alcohol) but still make a major impact on one’s health. For instance, say you feel a cold coming on. Make an infusion of basil and mint and 4hrs later you got your medicine ready to use.
It’s prepared by taking a quart jar (easiest to get and use) and put in about half a cup of dried herb you wanna use. In this case it would be 1/4 cup mint, 1/4 basil. The Pour over it boiling water and let it sit till it cools down. Have to let it cool down slowly, otherwise you won’t be extracting enough goodies out of the herbs and it won’t be very potent.
Let that sit for the time mentioned in the chart below, and cause I used basil and mint leaves it’ll sit for about 4hrs. When it’s done steeping strain out all the plant matter, and now it can be used. Store in the fridge to extend the shelf life (about 3-7 days, I try to use it up in 2 days). When it goes bad it can be discarded or added to the garden or house plants (as what I do since it works sorta like fertalizer). Can be taken iced or chilled.
Only take 1 cup of infusions per day, but if you have a cold or are showing symptoms it is safe to take 1cup per day no more than 3 times a day. When taking it during an acute period (sick with cold or flu ect) then the max number of days able to use the infusion safely is 4 days.
Do not continuously drink the same infusions. When drinking when you’re not sick only use for a max of 10 days and then skip for 5 days. Won’t do any good making you sick on or immune to the infusion’s properties. Infusions or any other concentration of any herb is a powerful coction and must be used with caution and sparingly.
Some infusions people even use as shampoos, soaps, conditioners, rinses, add it to their baths. There’s many uses for an infusion depending on the herbs you choose. But will get to that in another post. ^_^
WARNING: BE SURE TO RESEARCH ANY AND ALL HERBS YOU PLAN ON USING!! IF YOU HAVE A SERIOUS ILLNESS OR INJURY PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR AS SOME HERBS CAN WORSEN A CONDITION IF NOT THOROUGH. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY NEGATIVE REACTIONS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THIS POST IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY! IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY SIDE EFFECTS DISCONTINUE USE AND SEEK YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN 15 YEARS OR YOUNGER.
Here are some fantastic articles written by Susun S. Weed that I found helpful.
Using Herbs Simply and Safely Learn how to understand how safe–or dangerous–any herb might be.
Nourish Yourself with Infusions Discover more about Nettles, Oatstraw, Red Clover, and Comfrey.
Nutrition the Wise Woman Way Many herbs are exceptional sources of minerals…
My Anti-Cancer Lifestyle An anti-cancer lifestyle is not a rigid set of rules to follow…
Boost Your Energy Naturally Wise Woman ways to beat fatigue and restore vitality to your life.
Building Better Bones Forget Osteoporosis, get flexible and nourish your bones naturally!
Plant Part Amount Jar/Water pint SteepTime max10hr
Roots/barks 1oz/30g 500ml 8hrs minimum
Leaves 1oz/30g quart/liter 4hrs minimum
Flowers 1oz/30g quart/liter 2hrs minimum
Seeds/berries 1oz/30g pint/500ml 30min minimum