The Joy of Homemade Herbal Infusions

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Infusing herbs is one of the foundations of herbal medicine and homemade natural body care.

The process of infusion is so simple, beginners find it easy, yet it remains a staple for the advanced herbalist as well.

Infusions are truly exciting to me. Yes, that probably sounds silly, but, they are!

The best thing about infusions is that anyone can make them.

The second best thing is that they can be used in so many ways.

There are many forms of infusions, but generally, an infusion is made by steeping an herb is some form of liquid for a set amount of time. While the herb steeps, it's properties are being extracted by the liquid.

Once a sufficient amount of time has passed (this depends on the herb being used and where the infusion is cold or hot), the herbs are strained out and the liquid is saved.

The liquid is now infused with the beneficial properties of the herb.

Some of the most common infusions are oil infusions, vinegar infusions, and water infusions. They can be made with hot or cold liquid. Hot infusions are quick to prepare, while cold infusions tend to take weeks or months.

The most basic infusion is an herbal tea. A simple hot water infusion.

See, you've probably already made one!

Infusions can be used to create all manner of herbal remedies, natural skin care products, and also have a variety of culinary uses. 

Here are a few simple infusion ideas to get you started:

The list could go on!

I especially love herbal oils for natural beauty products. An infused oil can be used in place of a basic/plain oil in most body scrub recipes. It's a sure-fire way to take them up a notch!

Since I've already written about infusions in various forms, I'll link to those posts below:

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