Making an herbal infusion is one of the simplest parts of my daily routine, and the benefits are huge. There’s really no wrong way to do it, as long as you’re using herbs that agree with you and each other.
I first started making infusions a few years ago when my mom came to visit and brought bags of herbs with her so I could start making my own. I had no idea what she was talking about, but I kept it up, and now, fortunately, it seems like infusions are everywhere! If you’re interested but haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend experimenting!
Simply add about 1/2 cup of herbs to a quart jar, add boiling water (I’ve never had a jar break on me, but use caution here), and loosely cap and allow to steep for 8 hours, or overnight. Strain the herbs, and enjoy. Again, these are rough guidelines, I’ve heard variations to these measurements and timelines, so just follow your intuition!
Herbs + benefits
These are the herbs I use, and a few of their benefits. I’m lucky to live near a few great herb shops here in Missoula, but you can also find them online. When you’re making your own infusion, you may want to start with one herb at a time to get a feel for how it affects you, and feel free to do some research into which herbs are native to your area, as those will often be the most beneficial for your body.
These are only a few properties of each herb, and everyone will have their own unique relationship with these plants:
Nettles // rich in minerals like magnesium and calcium, lowers inflammation, promotes hair growth
Oatstraw // rich in vitamins and minerals; relaxes nervous system and improves cognitive function; Hildegard von Bingen called it a “happiness” herb
Raspberry leaf // great women’s health herb; aids in digestion, menstrual cycle regulation and PMS, high in vitamins and minerals
Rosehips // high in vitamin C and great for digestion; anti-inflammatory
Hawthorn berries // physically and energetically healing for the heart; also rich in antioxidants and aids digestion, anxiety, and insomnia
Lemon balm // calming for stress, anxiety,and insomnia; aids in heart and liver health