DIY Herbal Infusion from ingredients you already own
Infusions, made using the softer parts of a herb such as the leaves and flowers, are simple and quick to make at home. Depending on the herb and the benefits associated with it, a herbal infusion can either be used as a medicinal remedy or therapeutic tea.
The method below uses a standard ratio of herbs to water, but instructions may vary depending on the herb. For convenience, you can use a tea-ball infuser instead of a teapot.
MAKES 1 CUP
1–2 tsp dried herbs OR 2–4 tsp fresh herbs
175ml (6fl oz) freshly boiled water
Teapot, or tea-ball infuser
- Warm the teapot. Place the herbs in the teapot and add the freshly boiled water. If you wish, treble the ingredients to make enough for a day’s dosage.
- Place the lid on the teapot to prevent the volatile oils from escaping. This is especially beneficial for aromatic herbs such as lemon balm and chamomile. Leave the herbs to infuse in the teapot for 10–15 minutes, using a tea cosy to keep the teapot warm if you wish.
- Strain the liquid, pouring it into a teacup, then drink warm or leave to cool, as required. Add half a teaspoon of honey for sweetness, if desired.
Recipe extracted from Neal’s Yard Remedies Complete Wellness, published by DK on 6 September 2018, £25.00