How to Make an Herbal Infusion

Whew! It’s been a crazy, hectic couple of months! We’re in our growing season mode and have plenty of workshops and other opportunities coming up. In the meantime, I wanted to share this simple recipe on how to make herbal infusions. I’ve been making a ton especially mixing herbs and fruits. So yummy! Seems likes bellies are everywhere! so this one if for the mahmis.

How to make an herbal infusion:
Add herbs to boiling water and let steep over night (for flowers and leaves, steep for 4 hours minimum; for roots, steep for 8 hours)

Jeanine’s Pregnancy Herbal Infusion

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    Herbs to use

Nettle leaf (urtica dioica): heart shaped leaves thank resembles mint; has stinging hairs that cause dermatitis (ouch!); said to be the most versatile healing plant; can also be eaten (add young leaves to salad or soups); iron content is good for anemia (great in pregnancy as it increases amount of vitamins and minerals consumed)

Red raspberry leaf (rubus idaeus): this is a perennial plant (use leaves and berries; pick leaves in late spring before flowers fully mature; in 1940 British scientist isolated “fragerine” which has been found to be a relaxant that reduces muscle spasms in the uterus; take a cup of tea 30 minutes before meals to prepare for childbirth and prevent miscarriage; relieves cramps caused by menstruation; can be used in a vaginal wash

Alfalfa tops (medicago sativa): best known as a forage crop (aka Buffalo Grass); First Nation people collect seeds and grind them into flour; strengthens the digestive tract and treats ulcers; leaves are trifoliate; an absolute soil healer and will break up clay; harvest at flowering time for medicinal use; use whole leaves and flowers for tea; rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, vit A, B6, D, K, and P

Peppermint (mentha piperita): cooling and stimulating; there are 3 species of mint: peppermint, spearmint, and pennyroyal; tea makes you feel cooler by bringing more blood to the skin where evaporation wicks away body heat; great for colds and illness to combat dry cough, fever, etc.

I’ll be back with more…but until then,

Blessings!
Jeanine

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