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Tea vs. Infusion - What's The Difference
By Jill York - March 07, 2013
Tea vs. Infusion - What's The Difference | | Learn what the difference is in a tea vs. an infusion.
There's nothing like having a cup of herbal tea for mere pleasure or for the purpose of good health.  Herbal teas are a favorite way for many people to enjoy the quality of nutritious herbs. Herbal infusions are also a great way to consume herbs. So what's the difference between an herbal tea and an herbal infusion?
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! Make sense? Great! :) Now I'll explain how to make an herbal tea and an herbal infusion!

Herbal tea:

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! For pleasure drinking , I would personally recommend herbal mixes such as: Creamy Pumpkin Pie TeaTropical Flavored Black Tea, or Pomegranate Flavored Green Tea. For drinking medicinal teas 3 times a day or so during times of illness, I would recommend teas such as: Double E Immune BoosterCough Tea, or Very Berry Tea.

Herbal Infusion:

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:
What do you make most - a tea or infusion?