How to of the Day: Make an Infusion


Basically, an infusion is a tea made with your favorite herb, or herbs. This is one of the most popular ways to using herbs, which is probably why herb teas are so popular. An infusion may be taken for a specific ailment, or just enjoyed as a tea, using fresh or dried herbs.
The most important thing to remember about infusions is that you should take the heat away just as the water begins to boil because rapidly boiling water breaks up the valuable volatile oils in the steam.
You can drink your infusion hot or cold, but they should be made fresh every day.

Equipment needed
Kettle or Teapot
Nylon, plastic or mesh tea strainer
Teacup
Teaspoon
Jug w/ lid for storage

Directions
Warm a teapot with hot water
Add herb or herbs
Pour on hot water that has just boiled
Cover the teapot with the lid and infuse for 10 minutes
Pour infusion into teacup and enjoy
For best results, sweeten with pure maple syrup or honey

Homemade herbal teabags are very convenient when traveling or at work. Place 1-2 teaspoons of herbs on a muslin square and tie in into a small bundle with string. Simply infuse this for 10 minutes in a cup of freshly boiled water.

Note: If you use a microwave oven to heat your water, do not put the infusion of herbs into the water before you heat it as the microwaves will be detrimental to the benefits of your chosen herbs.

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