One of the things I've learned so far in my herbal education through Herb Mentor is how to make a nourishing herbal infusion.  This sort of infusion is meant to be taken daily to stay on top of your health and well-being.  I consider it to be similar to taking your daily vitamin... better in fact since it is in liquid form and goes straight into your system.

The herb I've chosen to make my nourishing infusion with is Oatstraw.  Oatstraw acts as a restorative nerve tonic which helps with stress and exhaustion (what mom doesn't need help with that right?).  It is also high in calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, silicon and vitamin A. 

To make my infusion I put one ounce of dried Oatstraw into a 1 quart mason jar.  I filled the jar with just boiled filtered water all the way to the top leaving one inch of head space.  I gave it a little stir to make sure all the herbs were covered in water and then screwed the top on.  I typically let this sit overnight but in case I don't get to it the night before I let it sit for a minimum of four hours before straining and drinking!  When I strain the herbs I make sure to get some cheesecloth and squeeze out all the excess infusion from the herbs because it's all good stuff coming out of there.  Then I put it in the refrigerator and drink throughout the day! 

I have only done this a couple of times and I'm going to begin doing it daily as it is recommended.  After about a week or so I'm going to write an update on how I'm feeling and any changes I've noticed.  I'm excited to see some results!!

** Please note... I am NOT an herbalist nor do I work in any type of medical field.  I am simply a student wishing to learn all I can about the beautiful and wonderful herbs we have growing all around us and I simply want to share all my experiences with my readers.  If you are wanting to learn more about herbs and their uses I highly recommend checking Herb Mentor!

1/29/2012 11:43:38 am

I found your blog on Herb Mentor. It looks like we have a lot in common with preparedness, wanna be homesteader, and herbal student. I also homeschool my son. Keep up the good work!

1/29/2012 11:55:53 am

Hi Erin!! Thank you so much!! Friend me on Herb Mentor so we can chat... I'd love to pick your brain on homeschooling!! :) Talk to you soon!

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