Drinking tea is probably something you’re already familiar with, and I’ll give you some additional suggestions.
Infusions, also called herbal teas, are water-based extractions where you steep the herbs in water for a period of time. Tea is most often made with dried herbs; the part of the plant used for tea is usually flowers and leaves. Dried herbs are more easily extracted by the water than fresh herbs. (Though in the summer, I like to do both.)
There are many different preparations and the goal of the tea you’re making is a key consideration. For example, is this something delicious and warming to sip, or are you seeking something more potent for healing? You’ll steep the herbs for a shorter period of time in the first case, and longer in the second.
Personally, I was somewhat dismissive of using tea for healing because it seemed weaker than taking herbs in capsules or tinctures. After starting my herbal training, I now feel quite differently. Drinking tea is one of my favorite ways to incorporate herbs into my daily life, a proactive way to receive the gentle, nourishing benefits of the plants.
Herbal Tea Recipes
Cultivating Gentleness: Heal the Inner Critic & Strengthen Intuition
[related Soul Healing Recording]
Gentle Mind Tea
1 part Blue Vervain to calm overwhelm & overthinking
2 part Tulsi to ground/anchor the mind in the body & uplift the spirit
1 part Rose to synchronize the heart & mind
Soul Time Tea
1 part Blue Vervain to release overwhelm and calm the mind
1 part Hawthorn leaves to prioritize what’s most important to your heart
2 parts Oat Tops to nourish and restore the nervous system when overstressed
I love making infusions using more herbs in larger quantities and drinking them over a day or two (just make sure you refrigerate overnight). You can also use it as the base for a morning smoothie (my husband can’t tell, so this is an easy way to get loved ones to use herbs!).
Restore & Nourish Infusion
Red Clover and Nettle are mineral rich and gently detoxifying. Stinging Nettle is restorative to the whole body, especially the kidneys, and is incredibly protein-rich. Oats are wonderful for restoring the nervous system and helpful if you’re dealing with anxiety or feeling burned out.
2 parts Oatstraw
2 parts Red Clover
1 part Milky Oat tops
1 part Nettle
- Put ¾ cup of the dried herbs in a quart-sized mason jar.
- Bring water to a boil and fill mason jar to the top.
- Let steep for 4-8 hours. (You could prepare the night before.)
- Strain and drink throughout the day.
- Bonus: I like to use the same herbs to make a 2nd batch. While the 2nd batch is weaker, I like appreciating the plants’ healing gifts, and taking good care of the earth in this way as well.
Precautions: Do not use Red Clover if on blood thinners as it may enhance their effects. Discontinue 2 weeks before surgery. Check with your doctor if dealing with estrogen-sensitive cancers as there are some inconclusive studies as to Red Clover’s effects on this. You can easily make the infusion without Red Clover.