Can Nourishing Herbal Infusions Replace Your Daily Multivitamin?


Deep nourishing herbal infusions

As is the arc of many folk herbalists, one of the first revelatory herbal preparations I was introduced to was the nourishing herbal infusion. These herbal drinks are made with “weeds” such as nettle, red clover, oatstraw, red raspberry leaf, chickweed, alfalfa, dandelion, and horsetail that grow freely in meadows, woodlands, and fields and are thus readily available to us all.

When harvested from land and soils not depleted by intensive agriculture, these plants are rich in many of the vitamins and minerals we require on a daily basis to build health, support immunity, and maintain our energy levels.

I embraced the rich nutrition and daily ritual of consuming herbal infusions and found myself craving them. Whether it was the salty “green” taste of nettle, the light, quenching taste of oat straw, the astringent, black-tea familiarity of raspberry leaf, or the sweetness of red clover, I was drawn to each, and I knew I was craving more than just tastes. There is deep nutrition in weedy herbal infusions that can fill a glaring gap in our modern, processed diets.

As herbalist Paul Bergner [1] points, out, “an ounce of many dried herbs contains far higher mineral content than even three ounces of fruits, vegetables, or other plant foods — sometimes more than ten times the amount.”

As a passionate herbalist and vegetarian who endeavors to pay close attention to the nutrients in my diet, I found myself wondering: can nourishing herbal infusions replace a daily multivitamin?

Herbal infusions vs multivitamin

How to Prepare a Nourishing Herbal Infusion

First, a bit on nourishing herbal infusions. These are prepared a bit differently than an herbal tisane (the name for the preparation we typically refer to as herbal tea). Herbal tisanes use a teaspoon or tablespoon of dried herbs per cup of boiling water, whereas nourishing herbal infusions use roughly 4 tablespoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water (or a cup of dried herb per quart of water).

7/1/2015 10:56:22 PM

Hi Kimberlys, You could certainly combine them, but I like to prepare and drink them each on their own. Nettle one day, oatstraw another, etc - it's a nice way to get to know the characteristics/energetics/actions of each plant. Bottom line, though, is to do what works best for you!

3/29/2015 10:13:01 PM

Do you make a quart of infusion containing all five herbs to drink every day or do you make each herb in a separate infusion and drink a cup of each every day? Sorry for my confusion.

3/19/2015 4:12:47 AM

I know the truth of this article, deep in my bones. The earth provides for all our needs, we only need to go out into our own locality, to where the wild overgrown spaces are to find a pharmacopeia of healing plants. I want to learn about these plants, for there will come a time in the not so distant future that we will all need to know about how these plants can help to keep us healthy and save us. Thank you to those that have shared this knowledge.

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