Here's one of my answers about preparing infusions.
a. Describe how to prepare an infusion.
There are three ways to make an infusion, a cold water infusion, a hot water infusion for an herb tea, or a nourishing herbal infusion
A cold infusion
Generally cold infusions are used rarely but are necessary for herbs that are best prepared by cold water infusion. For example wild cherry bark and especially marshmallow roots are best used with cold water infusion.
To make an infusion place herb in a clean mason jar.
Fill with luke warm water
Place lid on jar and let steep for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Strain and then use
An herbal tea infusion.
An herbal tea is herbs steeped in hot water for a short time. It is very similar to making a cup of tea but whereas traditional tea the steeping time is usually a few minutes an herbal tea is usually left to steep for 10 – 15 mins. It is best to use a ceramic or glass tea pot, not a stainless steel one. .
My preference when making an Herbal tea infusion is to use fresh herbs from the garden, I especially enjoy lemon verbena picked freshly off the bush. As fresh herbs contain a large amount of water more herbs are needed than dry – approx. double the amount compared to dried herbs but it is personal preference.
If using fresh herbs chop or lightly bruise to aid extraction
Place herb or herbs into the pot
Pour just before point of boil, water over the herbs.
Place lid on tea pot this stops the volatile oils escaping.
Steeping the tea is a matter of preference and use of the infusion.
If wanting a refreshing herbal tea and using dried herbs steep the tea for about 20 minutes. If using freshly picked herbs about 10 minutes any longer and the tea can become bitter, again it is personal taste.
Strain using a tea strainer and pour into tea cup. Add honey if required.
My Herbal Tea of Delight Blend.
25 grams dried chamomile
25 grams dried lime/ Linden flowers
25 grams dried vervain.
12 grams dried feverfew
12 grams dried lavender
12 grams dried peppermint
Mix together well and keep in a sealed container.
To use add 2-4 teaspoons per mug of water
A very relaxing tea blend for periods of stress or to have before going to bed.
Nourishing Herbal Infusion.
Susun Weed recommends that nourishing infusions need to be steeping overnight to get the most benefit, and a large amount of herb at a time.
1 cup of dried herb is placed in a 1 litre jar.
Bring water nearly to the boil and pour over the herbs.
Place lid on jar and leave to steep overnight.
In the morning strain and put the herb in the compost and drink the liquid a cup at a time. Keep the remainder of nourishing liquid in the fridge and depending on the herb, drink – approx. 2-4 cups during the day.
Susun Weed recommends dry herbs to be used for nourishing infusions over fresh herbs since the minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying. Drying the plant breaks the cell wall. When the boiling water is poured over the dried herbs the weakened cell walls open and the mineral salts inside the cells come into the infusion
What is your favourite herbal infusion?