Nettle leaf herbal infusions is my first article on how to make herbal infusions. I have always been interested in herbs to improve my health and well being.

My resources for herbal information have been from articles I've read, my friends and Susun Weed, a world renouned herbalist. Our Saugerties, NY house happens to be down the road from Susun where we pass her and her goats grazing in the field.

About a month ago I read about Susun Weed's herbal infusions and got very excited when I discoverd how simple they are to make. I believe we have to be ready to make changes in our lives and incorporate new positive things. Well, I was ready and tired of feeling run down as the result of lots of challenges in my life which included a huge move from New York back to Seattle and menopause.

Susun Weed explains in her book that drinking herbal teas does not provide enough nourishment for our bodies simply because of the small amount of herbs in tea. Herbal infusions are different. You use large amounts of an herb brewed for several hours which provides lots of nourishment per cup.

Making Herbal Infusions

Making herbal infusions begins with using one herb at a time. So far my favorite one is the nettle leaf infusion because it provides me with nice, steady energy throughout the day due to the chlorophyll in it. You need 1 cup (1 ounce) of dried nettle leaf, a 1 quart glass jar with a metal lid, 1 quart of boiling water, a strainer and a wooden spoon.

Making herbal infusions begins with placing the 1 cup of dried herb in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water. Using the wooden spoon tap the herbs floating on top down into the water, adding more boiling water to the top of the brim. Screw the lid on tightly and let it brew for 4 hours. Sometimes I make my herbal infusions before going to bed and let it steep overnight.

The next step in making herbal infusions is to strain it well. The mushy herbs I place in the yard waste bucket. Then I rinse the glass jar and pour the liquid herbal infusion back in the jar after pouring myself a cup to drink.

Don't Mix the Herbs

The rest I chill in the refrigerator to be consumed within 36 hours. Drinking 2-4 cups of herbal infusion a day is recommended by Susun Weed. I alternate nettle leaf infusion with comfrey and oat straw throughout the week, one herb at a time, each herb providing different types of nourishment for my body.

Healing Properties of Nettle

There are numerous healing properties of nettle such as:
Nettle contains iron and vitamin c that helps absorb the iron therefore it is beneficial for anemia and fatigue
For pregnant women it is rich in minerals, vitamin K which protects against excessive bleeding and it strengthens the fetus
During labor nettle helps to ease pain and increases milk production for lactating women
Nettle acts as a diuretic where it helps to increase secretion and the flow of urine, good for fluid retention and bladder infections
Nettle helps break down kidney stones and gravel in the bladder
For menopausal women it acts as a natural restorative
Nettle affects the hormonal system and helps with bones and joints as well as arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis, gout and bursitis
Slowly I am letting go of taking supplements and allowing the nettle leaf herbal infusion as well as oat straw, comfrey and dandelion to give my body all the healing properties these herbs contain. Using herbs for personal well being is an act of self love and a powerful way to honor my body as well as Goddess Gaia.
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