Herbal Teas – Part 1

HOW TO MAKE AN HERBAL INFUSION

Herbal infusions are made with the “aerial parts”  of the plant. This would be the leaves, flowers, or “fruits”.  Generally, for most infusions you would heat your water to boiling, then add your plant matter to the water.  At this point, you would cover and let it steep 5-15 minutes.

For herbs used in pregnancy, the time allotted is a bit different.  You would want to let it steep a minimum of 2 hours. Some teas are better having been allowed to steep up to 8 hours.

If you can afford it, buy a good 4-6 cup teapot.  It makes this longer brewing process much easier.  You can also buy or make a “tea cozy” (a padded warmer for the tea pot) or wrap the teapot with a heavy kitchen towel. It will keep the hot water warm for a longer period of time, to allow for the longer steeping time frame.

If you are making a brew with roots, bark, nuts or seeds…you would bring the water to a boil and then turn down the heat. Let it simmer for at least 30 minutes or until 1/4 to 1/3 of the water is gone.  This allows for the hot water to extract the portion of the roots, bark, or seeds that you need. This is called a: decoction.

For this set of discussions, you are going to use the infusion method.  This method works best for the teas I will be discussing in the next four blogs. The next four blogs will be information on the teas most recommended for women during the childbearing years. They are highly recommended for pregnancy, but can be a beverage to drink before and after pregnancy as well.

All the herbs recommended are packed with nourishing vitamin content.  The herbs are good for the body and good for the growing baby!

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