Happy Hump Day!!! It's Wednesday but it feels like it has been an entire WEEK! hahaha!! I rest well every night but for some reason today I felt like my body was awake before I wanted to be...if that makes any sense?! Anyhoo, today we are going to talk about tea...not just a regular cup but an infusion. I love doing them and am working on getting back on track with doing them at least 2-3 times a week.
What is an infusion you ask?? Well it is taking some of the best herbal teas you can find and extracting alllll of the goodness out of it!! To compare the two, when you drink a cup of herbal tea such as chamomile, or a green tea you're getting some instant benefits during times of illness and also just the comfort of drinking a cup of tea. When you do an infusion you are allowing the tea leaves to soak for an extended amount of time and gaining more of a vitamin aspect.
A basic steep time for an herbal tea can be 5-10 minutes, whereas with an infusion you allow the tea to "steep" for 4 - 10 hours!! Some of the most popular teas to infuse are: nettle, red clover, and red raspberry but a variety of herbs may be used. When you do an infusion you are basically preparing a liquid vitamin. Many teas are f full of minerals and vitamins that are useful to feed your cells and immunity ;-)
I personally love to do nettle infusions! A good friend of mine hipped me to it and I've been all over it ever since! Nettle is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, and the list goes on! For this infusion I also used lemon balm. Lemon balm, as with most herbs, has been around for centuries. It is great for stress, anxiety, improve sleep and a host of other benefits!
Anyhoo, see picture below ;-)
I typically will let my infusions sit overnight to soak all nutrients, then strain and pour in the morning. Fall seems to be creeping in early this year so the immunity building will start early to fight those nasty sniffles and coughs! This is a 48 oz mason jar for the family to share.
Nettle and Lemon balm infusion
1/4 cup nettle
1/4 cup lemon balm
(If using one tea 1/2 cup would be fine)
Directions: Put tea in mason jar. Bring water to just boiling then remove from heat. Pour water to fill up jar to the top.
Put the lid on and let sit for a minimum of 4 hours to overnight
Strain and enjoy at room temp, refrigerate or warm up
*May need to do two rounds of hot water if one pot is not enough
*Use your preferred sweetener. My personal favorites: black strap molasses or maple syrup.
**If you do not have a large mason jar (32oz or larger) I would advise using 1/4 cup (2oz) of tea
Be Well ;-)