There are many ways and tools in which to extract the healing powers from plants.
One of these ways is to make infusions which are really easy and nourishing and will help to put Wild Plants into you diet. Full of vitamins and minerals and better than any expensive superfood and free!
Daily use of infusions will help heal your body from the inside out- building a healthy foundation, strength to bones, hair, teeth, organs, adrenal glands and cardiovascular system.
Drinking a daily brew is akin to taking vitamin supplements but the infusion will have many more vitamins and minerals that are more easily absorbable by the body. One of the reasons for this is because it comes from the whole source that has grown on your native land- maybe even from your back garden. This means it won’t have been put through any unnatural process and you can be sure of getting the best nutrition possible.
Pick a plant that you know well and that you are 100 percent sure is edible. I would recommend Nettles (Urtica Dioica) They are a good starting point especially at this time of year and they are so easy to identify, even in the dark! (Stay away from the leaves once the plant has flowered and seeded- but then the seeds can be eaten to increase energy and as a tasty wayside snack. Just 1 teaspoon a day is all you need)
Nettles are a great adrenal builder and builds energy. They are good for strengthening your adrenals and kidneys and will increase stamina. Full of iron, protein, calcium and vitamins A, D, E and K. Taking nettle will keep your heart healthy, give you beautiful skin, thick hair, flexible bones and lots and lots of energy. Also good for bringing in the milk for breast feeding mamas and for pregnant women to build strength and keep up levels of vitamin K and iron. If you are unsure of the taste add a sprig or pinch of mint.
After three to six weeks of drinking beautiful infusions you will start to notice a difference within yourself. Especially if you stick to one type of infusion for that time.
How I make my Infusions
Infusions are like a strong cup of tea. Left to infuse for a much longer time with a greater volume of herbs. I use a kilner jar for my infusions but also really useful can be a caffitierre or large teapot. It has to have a lid to stop the volatile oils escaping.
- 1 – 2 cups fresh or dried herb in 2 pint jug / pot / jar.
- Boil water and then pour onto the herbs.
- Place / screw lid on tightly so the water soluble vitamins and volatile oils do not escape in the steam.
- Leave over night (4-10 hours)
- In the morning discard plant material by straining
- Put the infusion in the fridge and drink over the next 36 hours. I like to put mine in my drinking bottle and take it wherever I go. If you don’t manage to drink it over the time period you can use it for your hair or after that as plant feed.
Some of my favourite herbs for infusions are Nettle, Red clover, comfrey leaf (good to add mint with this), mint, cleavers, lemon balm, raspberry leaf, mugwort, rosemary, oatstraw, chamomile, marshmallow leaf.
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