How to Make a Medicinal Infusion!

Tea is not only a soothing way to relax from a hard days work, but it is healing for the body and soul as well. Tea is just as delicious as it is beneficial to your body. What if I told you that it is easy and less expensive to create your own tea from the comforts of your own home?

In our modern society, it is pretty easy if we want to run down to the store and pick up some tea. Yet when you do so, you miss out on some of the freshest teas, and some of the much-needed health benefits when they are dried and processed. Simply because there is really no telling just how long the boxes have sat on the shelf. In my experience, the best way to have tea, is at its freshest, by getting the very few ingredients and making the tea at home.

12959367_1189358464409007_1781296083_oHealth benefits of tea

  • Tea may boost the immune system.
  • Tea may be able to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Tea contains so many great antioxidants.
  • Tea may boost the immune system.
  • Tea may help you with weight loss.

A little bit of info about Infusions

When you make tea the flowers and leaves are prepared much differently from bark and roots, in much the same way cabbage is cooked differently from potatoes. The flowers and leaves are normally steeped in hot water so as not to destroy and overcook the enzymes, vitamins, and precious essential oils.

The process in which steeping a plant in boiling water is called infusion, while the process of simmering a plant very lightly in boiling water is typically called decoction. If you are looking to make your own tea at home, remember, when in doubt, steep it.

Steeping tends to be less destructive to many of the wonderful medicinal components of the plants. Remember as well, the longer you steep your herbs, the stronger the tea is. If you steep your tea too long you may start extracting the less desirable parts of the plants. Have you ever had tea and left the bag in too long? It becomes bitter and smells weird.

How to make your own tea Infusion

IMG_8359Infusions are made from some of the most delicate parts of the plants, such as the flowers, leaves, some seeds and berries, buds, and other aromatic plant parts. Other highly aromatic roots such has ginger, valerian, and goldenseal is quite often steeped rather than decocted. Below are some super basic steps to make your own homemade tea. As for the bark and roots, they are generally simmered to better draw out the more tenacious plant constituents.

Instructions

  1. Place 4-6 tbsp of dried herbs (6-8 tbsp if using fresh herbs) into a glass quart jar.
  2. Pour boiling water over herbs, filling up the jar and allow to steep for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Simply strain the herbs from the water and drink up!

Where I grew up tea was a staple part of our diet and I remember having it from a bottle when I was little.  That is just how it was done there. But it was always ice cold tea which contained so much sugar one would wonder why we were not all diabetic. If it wasn’t for my wife who turned me on to hot herbal teas, I would have never been able to capitalize on all of the wonderful healing benefits of tea.

What is your favorite tea to enjoy? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below, who knows, maybe we can swap recipes!

Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, P. 28-29

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