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Infusions

IMG_3819Infusions may be the simplest and most common method of herbal preparation. If you’ve ever made a cup of tea, congratulations! You already know how to make a herbal infusion! Apart from their medicinal use, the act of preparing herbal infusions make a wonderful addition to one’s lifestyle as a whole.

Infusions are water based extractions that have a the benefit of being easy & enjoyable to prepare.They are usually prepared from plant parts such as leaves, flowers or green stems, where the substances desired are easily accessible. For tougher, woodier plant parts such as bark or stems, it is best to use a decoction instead. Infusions extract mainly water soluble constituents such as volatile oils and flavonoids.

How to make an Infusion:

  • Add 1 tbsp dried or fresh herb per cup of water used
  • Pour a nearly boiling cup of water over the herb
  • Cover cup (or pot) with a lid and leave to steep for 10-15 minutes

Infusions may be drunk hot or cold. They can also be sweetened to taste with a bit of honey or brown sugar. It’s best to prepare infusions as needed since leaving them for too long will allow micro-organisms to multiply. If there is any sign of fermentation or spoiling, the infusion should be discarded.

Examples of herbs for infusions:

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