Tea infusions are concentrated preparations made from herbs that are nutritious, balancing and healing. For example, a mug of an overnight infusion like oatstraw contains 300 mg of calcium plus large amounts of other minerals and nutrients. They help to rebuild and alkalize the body, have healing properties and should be enjoyed regularly to get the full benefits.
I like to use dried herbs that have been grown in my local environment, and choose those that are beneficial for the whole system and are safe for the whole family to drink. You can make your infusions from single herbs or try my Nourishing Tea Infusion recipe below.
Here are just some of the properties of my favorite herbs:
• Oatstraw is an excellent source of calcium and strengthens the bones, hair, nails and teeth. It nourishes the nervous system, helps with relaxation, can promote deep sleep, nourishes and strengthens the liver, stabilizes blood sugar and reduces cholesterol.
• Nettle Leaf is a valuable herb for the whole system. It nourishes and strengthens the endocrine glands including the ovaries and testes, nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system, kidneys and lungs. It helps promote joint health, stabilize blood sugar, and provides iron.
• Red Clover Blossoms is a nourishing and alkalizing herb that purifies the blood making it excellent for supporting healthy growth (anti-cancer). It promotes joint health and eases inflammation, is endocrine and liver balancing and promotes healthy skin.
• Raspberry Leaf is mineral rich and generally strengthening for the whole system particularly the reproductive system. It also helps to build resilient bones, teeth, blood and tissues.
• Comfrey leaf is a powerful builder and healer of bones, skin, nails and hair. It’s helpful for joint inflammation and gout, supports the respiratory system, aids and nourishes the digestive system, and contains significant amounts of iron and other minerals.
Nourishing Tea Infusion Recipe
This is an all-purpose tea that deeply nourishes the tissues, bones and organs. It’s ideal for all members of the family, including children and pets.
1 cup nettle leaf
1 cup raspberry leaf
1 cup red clover blossoms
1 cup comfrey leaf
1/2 cup oat straw
1/4 cup peppermint leaf (optional)
1. Combine the herbs in a large container with a lid and store in a cool dark place.
2. Put 3/4 cup of the combined herbs in a quart-size jar (4 cups) and fill with water that has boiled and settled.
3. Let steep for 1 to 8 hours (overnight). Strain, and drink throughout the day, warming the tea infusion as needed. You can add a little honey or other sweetener if desried.
• Once you’ve strained the tea, return the herbs to the glass jar and fill will hot water again. Let cool, strain, and feed this to your plants. They love it!
Fasting Tea Infusion to cleanse the body and curb the appetite: 1 cup dandelion root, 1 cup fennel seed, 1 cup nettle leaf, 1 cup peppermint leaf, 1 cup red clover leaf.
Relaxing Tea Infusion to help you to sleep, or calm down during stressful times: 2 cups chamomile flowers, 2 cups oatstraw, 1 cup lemon balm leaf, 1 cup catnip leaf.
Calming digestive tea infusion to settle and soothe the digestive system: 2 cups chamomile flowers, 2 cups marshmallow root, 1 cup fennel seed, 1 cup peppermint leaf, plus 4 thin slices of fresh ginger root added to each quart jar.
Women’s Health Tea Infusion to nourish, calm and detoxify: 2 cups nettle leaf, 2 cups raspberry leaf, 1 cup chamomile flower, 1 cup dandelion root, 1 cup rosemary leaves, 1/2 cup licorice root, plus 4 thin slices of fresh ginger root added to each quart jar.
Men’s health tea to benefit the heart and prostate: 1 cup hawthorn berry, 1 cup oat straw,1 cups nettle leaf, 1/2 cup cinnamon bark, 1/2 cup fenugreek seed, plus 4 thin slices of fresh ginger root added to each quart jar.