How to Make an Herbal Infusion

Nettle Herbal Infusion
Nettle Herbal Infusion | Source

Herbal infusions are easy to make and great to drink. But why "nourishing"? Surely this must be some hocus pocus herbalist language to make tea seem extraordinary. But nourishing is true. By brewing/steeping herbs in this fashion allows you to get as many nutrients as possible from the herb of choice.

Brewing herbs in this manner, you have a great way to control how much you make, how strong it will be, and ensure it is always fresh. Making nourishing herbal infusions provides a way to have a healthy and beneficial drink to last a whole day or two. But note that these infusions do not last long. Even refrigerated you can only get at least two days before it starts to sour. However, your brew will taste so good odds are it will not last that long anyway!

Materials and ingredients
Materials and ingredients | Source

Materials and Ingredients

Here is a list of what you need:

  • Tea pot to boil water
  • Quart mason jar
  • 1/2 ounce by weight of nettle
  • Bowl
  • Mesh strainer
  • Funnel

You can go up to as much as 1 ounce by weight of stinging nettle. But it is advised to start with less until you are used to the strength of the brew.

Nettle infusion brewing
Nettle infusion brewing | Source

Steps and Directions: 1

Here is what you do: Phase 1

  1. Boil water in your tea pot.
  2. Pour the nettle into the mason jar.
  3. Pour the hot water over the nettle in the jar to just below the lip of the jar.
  4. Put the lid on.
  5. Let it brew for four (4) hours.

Be careful while working with this nourishing herbal infusion. Of course the tea pot will be hot and so will the mason jar. Remember that the jar is now filled with very hot liquid. If you forget this, and odds are you will, and pick up the jar with bare hands by accident, you could easily drop the jar as a natural reaction. I am sure you will not want to spend your time cleaning up shards of glass, bits of herb, and a lot of liquid. Not to mention you have just ruined your creation.

Mesh strainer over bowl
Mesh strainer over bowl | Source
Beginning of straining
Beginning of straining | Source
Strained infusion
Strained infusion | Source
Funnel over cleaned out mason jar
Funnel over cleaned out mason jar | Source
Sediment
Sediment | Source

Steps and Directions: 2

Here is what you do: Phase 2

  1. Put fine mesh strainer over bowl.
  2. Take cooled infusion and strain.
  3. Press leaves to get all juice from them.
  4. Clean out mason jar to reuse.
  5. Pour the strained infusion into the mason jar.
  6. Drink right away or store in refrigerator.
  • Even though it has been four hours, the infusion is still going to be quite warm. So still use caution when handling the mason jar.
  • If you notice that there is a lot of sediment that got through your strainer, then you can restrain in finer mesh or cheesecloth.
  • Try to drink refrigerated infusion within 2 days. After that, it can start to sour pretty quick. But not to fear.
  • You can use your infusion for other recipes, but that's another article! However, a couple of ideas are listed below.
  • Feel free to sweeten your infusion. This brew is very potent and you might not be used to such a strong taste.

Nettle Herbal Infusion

Benefits of Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is one of an herbalist's top herbs. Its botanical name is Urtica dioica. Like its name suggests, if handled incorrectly, or even with care, it will sting you. I have had the pleasure of experiencing this during the summer of 2012. But nettle is so awesome that even the stings are beneficial. Those suffering from arthritis and similar conditions can swish their hands and affected areas through nettle to reap the anti-inflammatory properties. But I digress.

Here is a list of why nettle is beneficial:

It is a diuretic, tonic, astringent, expectorant, nutritive, hemostatic (prevents hemorrhaging), anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, and galactagogue (promotes breast milk)--to name some.

In addition, nettle is most often used for hay fever, arthritis, anemia, skin conditions, and to stimulate hair growth.

Additional Uses for Nettle Infusion

Here are some way to use your nettle infusion as a base for products:

  • Lotion for skin problems
  • Salve for skin problem
  • Hair rinse

Here is a list of the nutritional benefits:

Nettle contains flavinoids, amines (like histamine), vitamins A, B, and C, protein, fiber, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, chromium, calcium, potassium, and silicic acid.

By no means are these lists complete. But hopefully now you see why we call these nourishing herbal infusions. All this from one herb brewed in water.

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About the Author

Stephanie Bradberry Crosby is first and foremost an educator and life-long learner. Her present work is as an herbalist, naturopath, and Reiki Master. She spent over a decade as a professor of English, Literature, and Education and high school English teacher. She is a doctoral candidate in Education: Curriculum and Teaching. She runs her own home-based business, Naturally Fit & Well, LLC, which includes her all-natural, handmade, and customizable product line, Natural Herbal Blends. Stephanie loves being a freelance writer and editor on the side.

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teaches12345 3 years ago

This is very good information for those who need relief from issues such as arthiritus. Well written and useful.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello teaches12345,

I can always count on you to say something nice :) Thanks for reading. I love that herbs can do so much for us naturally.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting and thanks for explaining the procedure in so much detail. Voted up and useful.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello rajan jolly.

No problem at all. It is important to include as much information as possible so others have the same results.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

Excellent information. I am not familiar with the stinging nettle but I will copy your procedure for other herbs.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello rasta1.

Thanks for the compliment. I feel especially grateful since it is coming from our most recent winner of a Hub of the Day :)

Just remember that some herbs taste super potent, like stinging nettle, when you use this method. But you can always dilute. Happy infusion making!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Interesting to learn more about nettle from your post. "All from this one herb… " :) Thanks for the information and recipe!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello RTalloni,

I am glad you learned something new. It seems no matter what book I crack open, class I attend, or site I look at there is always something new to learn about nettle.

You are welcome!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Stephanie,

What a well written and thorough hub on nettle infusion which I love. I did a nettle tonic hub and you info is fabulous! Thanks so much for the step by step instructions and pics, it is amazing how beneficial nettles are!

Votes up, useful, interesting and shared!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

So interesting! I'm of the opinion that we were given almost every gift we need to heal ourselves in natural ways, or from within. I support formal medicine, too (and that is one of the gifts we have been blessed with here), but I truly feel as we go forward, we will learn more and more about herbal and other natural remedies and benefits.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Suzie HQ,

I am glad you mentioned your hub. I will certainly take a read. It can be a great cross-reference for use of the nettle infusion for other items and products. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello Marcy Goodfleisch,

I agree. There are certainly times when modern medicine is needed. But if something can be prevented or even "cured" with natural methods, then I think most people would prefer the latter.

However, I come across so many people who do not know herbalists exist or are closer than they think. And when they look at me they often cannot believe an herbalist exists that is not "off his/her rocker" in some way, is living on a mountain, doesn't have yarn strung in her hair, preaching about going green, etc.

Thanks for reading :)


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

Wow this great inf, I had no idea that nettle was edible..Sharing ,voting.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello faythef,

Yes, nettle is definitely edible. As I was taught, any plant that guards itself so heavily packs a lot of benefits, nutrition, or something worth protecting itself so well. I'm glad you learned something new!


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

During the past year I have been learning about herbal techniques. Great info, it is amazing the "weeds" that are in our own backyards that are highly nutritious and far better for us than the stuff we get at the grocery store!


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StephanieBCrosby 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi cygnetbrown,

I agree. Many of us have been brought up to view plants like dandelion as "weeds." But as I came to learn the true definition of "weed" as any plant you don't want, I have come to enjoy the presence of little beauties that randomly pop up around the yard. Based on folk medicine and wise woman tradition it means that we need that herb.


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

Yes, I agree, in addition, a wise farmer knows what his soil needs based on the type of weed growing in his fields and pastures. The presence of lambs quarters for example tells the farmer that the field is rich and full of nutrients.


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StephanieBCrosby 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

cgnetbrown,

I love the knowledge you present here. I had no clue farmers could tell what the soil needed using this method. You learn something new every day!


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

Perhaps the run of the mill modern farmer can, but farmers like Joel Salatin can.


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StephanieBCrosby 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

That's cool!

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