I’ve written before about how much energy you can get from drinking nettle infusions, but I don’t think I mentioned what a great replacement for synthetic vitamin supplements this (and other) nourishing infusions are.
I just can’t overstate the value of deep nourishment for providing the raw materials your body needs to stay healthy. Most everybody these days understands this to some degree, and many think that if they pop a vitamin everyday that they have their nutritional needs covered. But there is just so much that vitamin supplements leave out, and so much of them that your body simply can’t use effectively and ends up just flushing out. And vitamins are expensive. What a waste!
A much better alternative in my opinion is to supplement with nourishing herbal teas and infusions.
Herbal teas can be made with either fresh or dried plants. Teas are steeped a short period, usually about 10 minutes or so, and then the plant material is strained out or otherwise removed. Depending on the plant used, teas can be quite medicinal and also provide many micronutrients.
But to get large volumes of nutrients from a plant, infusions are a better choice. Because infusions are steeped for a long time, usually 4-8 hours or so, for daily use they are always made from dried nourishing plants (ones that can be used like food moreso than as medicines) so as to avoid extracting large volumes of active ingredients such as volatile oils and alkaloids that could be harmful in large quantities. In dried plants, the active ingredients are less, but the vitamin and mineral nutrients are still very concentrated. You extract these nutrients by pouring boiling water over them, which breaks the cell walls and releases the nutrients into the water as they steep over a 4-8 hour period. Then you strain the plant material out and drink the liquid, which is really just a strong tea.
Nourishing herbal infusions are some of the highest quality supplements you could ever add to your diet. Unlike commercial vitamin supplements, the nutrition in an infusion is highly bioavailable, which means your body can actually absorb and use them. If you start drinking infusions, you will likely see a difference in your skin, hair, nails, and overall energy levels very quickly.
Different nourishing herbs have different levels of various nutrients and work as helpers to different systems of the body. For best results, find a few different types of infusions that you like, and then rotate them.
My favorite herbs for nourishing infusions are red clover flowers, stinging nettle, and oatstraw. All these herbs have many, many healthy benefits, too many to name them all, but here are a few reasons I use them.
Red clover blossoms work like a blood purifier in the body, help to balance the hormones, and have very strong anti-cancer properties. I like the taste of this one best of all because its flavor is very similar to regular Lipton black tea.
Stinging nettle has a strong nourishing action on the kidneys and adrenals, and is helpful for eliminating toxins from the body, which can boost energy levels and is helpful for those suffering from allergies or eczema. It gets rid of edema. It also has a lot of high quality, easily assimilated protein which helps to build beautiful strong hair and nails. It’s high mineral content builds strong bones. It is a uterine tonic and can help diminish PMS, cramping, and extremely heavy periods. I could go on and on about this one…
Oatstraw is high in calcium, helping to build strong bones, and it soothes and nourishes the nerves. It tastes really good too, almost, but not quite, sweet. It is really good hot with a little honey added.
To make an infusion, simply put about an ounce of dried herb in a quart canning jar (this is about a large handful) and pour boiling water over it. Stir and pour a little more water, then cap tightly. Leave it to sit for 4-8 hours. Strain out the herb and rebottle the liquid. Drink as often as you like, either hot or cold. Always store in the refrigerator so it doesn’t spoil too quickly. It will be good for about 2 days in the fridge.
If you find the taste of herbal infusions is too strong for you, try this. Fill your glass halfway with plain water, then pour in some of your infusion to finish filling the glass. This will dilute the infusion to taste more like a milder tea. This is a good way to get your daily nourishment and increase your daily water intake!
Also try drinking nourishing infusions between meals and see your cravings for junk food and between meal snacking virtually disappear! Great for those who want to drop a few pounds.