My two favorite herbs for nourishing infusions are nettle and oatstraw. Nettle is rich in iron and chlorophyll and oatstraw is rich in B vitamins and they both contain other vitamins and minerals. Oatstraw is an adrenal support herb and nettle is a liver support herb. I alternate between the two week by week. I also occasionally drink linden infusion or raspberry leaf infusion. I use nourishing infusions to give me extra energy on busy days and to help me re-hydrate when I am working or playing outdoors.
To make a nourishing infusion I place about 1 cup (about 1/2 an ounce, depending on the weight of the herb) of plant material in a quart Mason jar. I add boiling water to fill the jar and I cover it tightly. Then I allow it to set 4-8 hours. I usually make it at night and strain it the next morning. Strain out and compost the plant material and retain the liquid. After the initial steeping time, the infusion should be refrigerated and used within about three days. Oatstraw infusion is delicious flavored with a small amount of mint or sweetened with lavender-infused honey. Nettle has a strong flavor which can take some getting used to but it can be mixed with milk, honey, vanilla and cacao or carob powder for a rich chocolate milk substitute.
To learn more about nourishing infusions, visit Susun Weed's website.