Using Infusions As Daily Vitamins

If you dislike taking pills for your multivitamins each day then here is a simple way to ensure that you get your vitamins without having to take them in pill form.  

Most people are familiar with the concept of infusions because it’s basically the same as making a cup of tea. The difference is that a cup of tea is a very small amount of herb in very little water steeped for just a few minutes.  An infusion is a larger amount of herb in a larger amount of distilled water and soaked for 2-4 hours or overnight. An infusion may be used hot or poured over ice. Dried herbs are considered best for infusions.

I have found that the easiest way to make an infusion is to put ½ cup of the herb at the bottom of a quart mason jar.  Pour hot distilled water over the herb and put a lid on the jar.  If you want to drink it the same day then let it sit on the counter-top and steep for 2-4 hours. After that, you may strain the entire jar after it has sat for a few hours or you can leave the herb in the jar and strain each glass (which makes a stronger tea). You can also make the infusion at night and place it in the refrigerator. The next day, you can warm it gently on the stove or drink it chilled over ice. The infusion needs to be used within 3 days, but try to finish it in one day. If you let it sit too long it will spoil, and taste bad, and you will make funny faces. If it does spoil, feed it to your garden plants as fertilizer, they will love it, and they won’t make faces.

I use distilled water because it is “empty” water and therefore will pull out into the water more of the plant properties. If you use regular water already full of minerals you won’t get the same benefit from the herb.

My favorite herbs to use are nettle, oat straw, alfalfa, horsetail, red clover, and red raspberry.  I rotate between these each week.  If you get busy and just need to pick one to drink, I would pick nettle. It is a superstar of nutrients and will also provide green energy.  These herbs may be ordered in bulk on Amazon from Starwest Botanicals, Mountain Rose Herbs or Frontier to name a few.  I like to buy the herbs in 1 lb bags so that I don’t have to reorder as often.  Also, order the herbs that are labeled C/S meaning Cut and Sifted, you don’t want to try to make infusions from powdered herbs.

You may add stevia, monk sugar or honey if you would like to sweeten the tea.  You may also try adding some Himalayan salt to balance out the bitter flavors.  If you find an herb that you absolutely do not like then try adding mint to the infusion and see if that helps you get it down better.  

You may also combine horsetail, nettle, alfalfa, and oat straw as a “calcium” drink since the horsetail is high in silica which is an absorbable natural form of calcium. You can place ½ cup horsetail and ¼ cup of the other herbs in a quart jar and fill with boiling distilled water, then follow the directions above.