An herbal tea is most often used with single herbs or a mixture of herbs for the purpose of simply enjoying a cup of tea or during times of illness.
An herbal infusion is very much like a tea, only it is steeped longer and uses a larger amount of herb. The purpose of an herbal infusion is feeding your body a high dose of vitamins and minerals. According to Nature Skills, a cup of nettle tea has 5-10 mg. of calcium, while a cup of nettle infusion can contain up to 500 mg. of calcium!
Clearly, infusions provide many more times the amount of nutrition than tea!
When do you use a tea and when do you use an infusion?
Some people drink both teas and infusions on a regular basis for good health, some drink mostly tea and only make infusions occasionally, and some herbalists drink only infusions and don't mess with the less-nutritious teas.
This is what I personally do: I consume herbal teas as a daily drink and at times when my body needs a particular herb(s) for an illness. I treat infusions more like taking a vitamin and drink them as a way to supply my body with high doses of vitamins and minerals. Drinking at least one cup of infusion a day is a great idea for good health!
Now I'll explain how to make an herbal tea and an herbal infusion!
Combine 1-2 tsp. of dried herb per cup of boiling water. Once you've added the herbs to the water, remove from heat. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes . Strain the herbs and drink.
During times of illness, it is recommended that adults drink one cup of tea three times a day. Children typically drink half that amount.
Some great herbal mixtures are found right here at the Bulk Herb Store!
My favorite way to make an infusion is to add about a cup of dried herbs to a quart jar. Pour boiling water over the herbs to the top of the jar. Cover tightly with a lid. Let the herbs steep 4-10 hours and then strain. A great way to do this is to make the infusion before you go to bed, and in the morning you have a healthy drink to start your day!
You can drink 1-4 cups of infusion a day. Keep any leftover infusion refrigerated, and discard after 36 hours.
Some of the best herbs for an herbal infusion are: