Infusions & Teas

Infusions are similar to a tea, but stronger. Specifically useful for preparations that contain hard, woody stems or bark.

Base Recipe for Infusion

From my Use

  • 1 cup dried herb

  • 1 quart jar of boiling water

  • Cover and steep 4 hours (See steeping times below)

  • Strain and squeeze out liquid from herbs The remaining plant matter can then be put in your compost.

  • Let infusion cool before using.

  • Keeps in refrigerator for 3 days.

Steeping Times for Tea and Infusions

For Teas (My recommendation)

  • Leaf and flower blends - 15-30 mins

  • Roots and Barks – 1 hour (Infusions are best)

For Infusions (Susun Weed’s recommendations)

  • Roots and Barks – 8 hours minimum

  • Leaves – 4 hours minimum

  • Flowers – 2 hours minimum

  • Seeds/Berries – 30 minutes minimum

Organized Alphabetically

Calming Herbal Tea

From: Crone Vibes: A Year of Recipes and Rituals

  • Prep time: dry mix: 5 minutes | steeping: 30 minutes

  • Shelf life: dry mix: 2 years

  • Uses: Calms nerves and your tummy

Ingredients

  • 2 parts dried rosemary

  • 1 part dried violet leaves

Making

Add to tea ball and brew with hot water for 15-30 minutes. Drink slowly.

Herb Notes

  • Rosemary: Anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, relieves stress.

  • Violet leaves: Anti-inflammatory, helps skin irritations.

Fever Reducing Tea / Infusion

From: Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide by Rosemary Gladstar

  • Prep time: dry mix: 5 minutes | infusion: 4 hours

  • Shelf life: dry mix: 2 years | infusion: 48 hours

  • Uses: Fevers

Ingredients

  • 1 part elder flower

  • 1 part peppermint leaf

  • 1 part yarrow flower and leaf

Making

Prepare a strong infusion of the herbs (recipe at top of section).

Using

Drink 1/2 a cup every 30 mins to bring on a sweat. Once you begin to sweat, reduce the tea to about 12 cup every hour and continue until fever subsides.

Flower Power Formula for Lymphatic Congestion (Infusion)

From: Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide by Rosemary Gladstar

  • Prep time: dry mix: 5 minutes | infusion: 4 hours

  • Shelf life: dry mix: 2 years | infusion: 48 hours

  • Uses: Swollen glands, fibrocystic breast conditions, or history of cancer

Ingredients

  • 2 parts red clover flower

  • 1 part calendula flower

  • 1 part violet leaf

Making

Prepare the herbs as an infusion (recipe at top of section) or as a tincture.

Using

Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon two times daily.