I rarely take supplements beyond herbs and mushrooms. The only supplements you will ever really hear me talk about will be colloidal silver, clays, charcoal, magnesium oil, and Epsom salt – unless, of course, I discover something new and worth my time.
Instead of supplements, I drink herbal infusions. An herbal infusion is a very strong tea or brew. The way you make an infusion is by adding an ounce of dry herb to boiling water, sealing the jar, and allowing it to sit for an half an hour to overnight, depending on the herb. Preparing your herbs in this method allows the vitamins and minerals to spread out through the water. Keeping the infusion capped helps to keep the vitamins and minerals trapped in the jar so that they cannot escape through the steam. To learn more about infusions, visit this site.
Every herbalist and tradition has their own method of making herbal infusions, but the method that I use is in-line with Susun Weed’s method and the Wise Woman Tradition.
There are quite a few herbs that you can turn into infusions, but I typically only use 8 herbs every month. I also only use one herb at a time; this is called an herbal simple.
The herbs that I work with are rose hips, comfrey, oatstraw, nettle, red raspberry leaf, mullein, red clover, and yellow dock.
Why do I use these herbs? Because they encourage whole-body wellness. Let me explain how…
The Herbs that I Use
Rose Hips (Rosa canina) – Rose hips are a rich source of vitamins C, E, and B2. It is a natural immune booster and can be foraged out in the wild or in your own backyard.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) – Comfrey helps to strengthen bones, ligaments, and tendons. It is rich in protein and trace minerals. You can also forage this in your own back yard.
Oatstraw (Avena sativa) – Oatstraw is a beautiful herb for emotional health and heart health. It is rich in protein and trace minerals.
Nettle (Urtica dioica) – Nettle, or Stinging Nettle, is one of my favorite herbs. It is amazing for your kidneys, great for anxiety, and boosts energy. It is rich in chlorophyll and other minerals. This is also an herb that you probably can’t leave your home without encountering. Seriously, this stuff is all over the place!
Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) – Red Raspberry Lead is one of my favorites, along with Nettle. It is a fertility herb, helps to balance hormones, has been shown to help with endometriosis. This herb is rich in nearly every vitamin and mineral that is essential for whole-body wellness. You might be able to forage this herb, if you live in an area with red raspberries. I have yet to find any growing in my area, so I typically order mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) – This isn’t an herb that I use every week, but it is one that I really enjoy using. My husband was diagnosed with asthma while in the Navy. Since then, he has smoked this herb and used it in an infusion anytime he feels like he is going to have an asthma attack. This herb strengthens the lungs, is rich in magnesium, and can be foraged in your back yard (it’s a beautiful herb, try to find it!)
Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) – This herb… now this herb is one that I cherish. This herb, I feel, helped me deal with anemia during my second pregnancy. I have used it every since that pregnancy and have had little to no issue with anemia with my current pregnancy. This herb is a liver strengthener, a gentle blood cleanser, and assists the body in absorbing iron. It is rich and iron and can very easily be foraged in your own back yard.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) – This is a fertility herb (according to Susun Weed), an anti-cancer herb, and is rich in protein and trace minerals. It can be easily foraged in in your backyard in open pasture.
My typical routine for these herbs looks like this:
Sunday – Red Raspberry Leaf
Monday – Nettle
Tuesday – Oatstraw
Wednesday – Yellow Dock (with blackstrap molasses)
Thursday – Red Raspberry Leaf
Friday – Nettle
Saturday – Any one of the other herbs mentioned, depending on what is going on with me and my body
How to Make the Infusions
Roots/barks – 1 ounce herb in a pint jar for minimum of 8 hours (I do a max of 12hrs)
Leaves – 1 ounce herb in a quart jar for a minimum of 4 hours (I usually do overnight)
Flowers – 1 ounce herb in a quart jar for a maximum of 2 hours (Chamomile should only be done for 30 min)
Seeds/berries – 1 ounce herb in a pint jar for maximum of 30 minutes (rose hips can be done for 1-4 hours)
All of the infusions can be sipped with some honey, maple, or blackstrap molasses. I always sip Yellow Dock with molasses in order to help with iron absorption. I also like to add a little Himalayan salt or sea salt, just to get some extra minerals and to help with the taste.
I will warn you, some of these taste like absolute crap if you’re not used to bitters. That being said, your body NEEDS bitters. Sadly, the Western diet is often lacking in bitters, therefore, Western people’s bodies have grown accustomed to finding the taste of bitters intolerable.
Rose hips are, by far, the tastiest of all of these infusions. The flavors will vary, depending on the rose variety you have gathered from, but I have found them all to taste almost like a wild berry juice. My children love rose hip infusions and I never have any trouble getting them to drink them when they’re sick or during cold and flu season.
That’s right, I give my kids infusions. Nearly all herbs that are safe for infusions are safe for children. My children have sipped from every one of the infusions I have listed except for oatstraw and comfrey. This isn’t because I distrust oatstraw or comfrey, my children just haven’t been interested in drinking them, yet.
These infusions, along with a healthy food lifestyle, plenty of exercise, and lots of sunshine, helps to keep me happy and healthy.
What’s your favorite herbal infusion?
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