An infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time. Typically, one ounce
by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is
then filled to the top with boiling water, tightly lidded and allowed to steep for 4-10
hours. After straining, a cup or more is consumed, and the remainder chilled to
slow spoilage. Drinking 2-4 cups a day is usual. Since the minerals and other
phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried
herbs are considered best for infusions.
Nourishing herbal infusions are the second
key to vibrant elder years and an easier
menopause. They provide protein, minerals,
phytoestrogens, and special fats needed by
menopausal women. Many common
menopausal problems can be connected to a
lack of one or more of these nutrients.
I drink herbal brews, nourishing herbal infusions to be exact, instead of juice or water.
Some herbs are powerhouses of nourishment, energy, and health-promoting factors.
By choosing those herbs as my drink, I increase the amount of protein, vitamins,
minerals, and micronutrients in my diet without consuming extra calories, and at a
cost of only pennies a day. I'd rather drink nourishing herbal infusions than any other
beverages. I drink infusions in the morning, throughout the day, and in the evening,
I make my infusions at night before I go to bed and they are ready in the morning.
I put my herb in my jar and my water in the pot, and the pot on the fire, then
brush my teeth (or sweep the floor) until the kettle whistles. I pour the boiling
water up to the rim of the jar, screw on a tight lid, turn off the stove and the light,
and go to bed.
In the morning, I strain the plant material out, squeezing it well, and drink the
liquid. I prefer it iced, unless the morning is frosty. I drink the quart of infusion
within 36 hours or until it spoils. Then I use it to water my house plants, or pour it
over my hair after washing as a final rinse which can be left on.
My favorite herbs for infusion are nettle, oatstraw, red clover, and comfrey leaf, but
only one at a time. The tannins in red clover and comfrey make me pucker my lips,
so I add a little mint, or bergamot, when I infuse them, just enough to flavor the
brew slightly. A little salt in your infusion may make it taste better than honey will.
I have been drinking at least five quarts
of nourshing herbal infusion weekly for
over twenty-five years. I have thousands
of students who have been doing the
same for over a decade. Yes, I believe
long-term use is the goal. Think of the
infusions as food.. Would you ask if it was
alright to eat really nourishing food for a
long period of time?
I have seen regular use of nourishing
herbal infusions benefit newborns,
pregnant and lactating women,
menopausal women, diabetic men and
women, both scintillating and demented
oldsters, those with osteoporosis,
infertility, exhaustion, allergies,
environmental illness, Krone's disease,
colitis, cancer, and immune system
Drinking nourishing herbal infusions regularly has helped thousands of people
reduce and eliminate their need to take medications including those for blood
pressure, mood disorders, pain, insomnia, and GERD (acid reflux).
Best of all, when you drink nourishing herbal infusions, you don't need to take any
supplements. Vitamin Retailer Magazine reports that the average American
spends $100 a month on supplements; health conscious folk spend 3-12 times that
much. If you buy dried infusion herb wholesale, you will spend less than $1 to
make a quart of infusion using a full ounce by weight of dried herb. That's $1 a day
for optimum nourishment, nourishment that needs no digestion, nourishment that
is absorbed directly into the blood and into the cells, nourishment that is loaded
with chi, nourishment that nourishes the Earth, too, not the corporations and
factories that make pills and supplements. My only question: What will you do with
the money you'll save?!
Beyond 50 Radio Show - Listen to an interview with Susun Weed, a leading
expert on healing herbs. Instead of coffee, tea, fruit juice, soda or even bottled
water, drink nourishing herbal infusions. They can literally rebuild the body.
Nothing improves health faster and more firmly than regular use of
nourishing herbal infusions and medicinal vinegars. Learn more about these
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Includes information on stinging nettle, oatstraw, comfrey leaf, red clover,
linden, and aromatic mints.
Having trouble finding herbs for infusions in bulk?
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