It is not uncommon to hear someone who enjoys herbal medicine to talk about nourishing herbal infusions. This phrase, commonly shared by herbalist, Susan Weed, refers to the herbs that are high in vitamins and minerals. When taken as a long and strong cold/hot infusion, these nourishing herbs can replace many of your vitamins.
Some of the herbs that are commonly made into nourishing herbal infusions are:
- Stinging Nettles
- Milky Oats/Oat Straw
- Dandelion leaf (decoction if root)
- Burdock root (decoction)
When making these infusions you want them stronger than a normal infusion. Rather than 5-6 grams of nettles in a quart jar, 10g would be better. Then you want to let it sit much longer. If you are making a hot infusion, heat your water and pour it over your herbs. Rather than letting it sit for 10-15 minutes, allow the herbs to step for an hour or more, even overnight. If making a cold infusion, overnight steeping will be required.
Herbs used for nourishing herbal infusions are all high in vitamins and minerals. Now you will only get water soluble vitamins but that is ok, those are the ones you need to replenish in your body every day. Fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) stick around for much longer and are stored in our bodies fat cells.
Consider mixing your infusion before bed and straining it in the morning. Drink through out the day for more energy and vitality.
Looking for more herbal and nutritional support? Consider a consultation with Jillian Carnrick and The Dancing Herbalist.