I learned these recipes during my Green Witch training with the great herbalist Susun Weed. These infusions are foods, providing the minerals and vitamins you need for optimal health and making commercial vitamins or supplements unnecessary. I get mine in bulk by the pound from Frontier Co-op.
Green Witch Infusion
1 ounce (approximately 1 cup) dried nettle leaves (full of minerals and great for energy level, hair, teeth and nails, as well as overall energy and blood pressure; tastes green and rich; this is the most commonly-used infusion)
OR 1 ounce (approximately 1 1/8 cup) dried red clover tops (great for overall health and also balances the hormonal system, tastes similar to black tea);
OR 1/2 ounce (approximately 1/2 cup) dried linden leaves and flowers (soothing, good for overall health and an anti-inflammatory, will help stop itching and rashes from any source including poison ivy & insects, tastes gentle and light).
OR 1 ounce (approximately 1 1/4 cup) dried oatstraw (full of B vitamins, calming to nerves, enhances stamina and sexual energy, sweet-tasting). Please note that oatstraw recipe has an extra step: to release oatstraw nutrients, boil it in the water 2-3 minutes before starting the soak.
1 quart boiling water
Large bowl (large saucepan for oatstraw)
Large jar or small pitcher
Put the herbs in the large bowl, cover with the boiling water, and stir. Feel free to inhale or let the fragrant steam warm your face (I love the smell, especially the nettles). Cover with a lid or towel and let sit at least 4 hours or overnight. Then strain into the medium bowl with the large strainer, using a large spoon to press out all the liquid. Discard herbs. Strain again through the small strainer into jar to get out any small bits of herbs if these bother you. Drink throughout the day, warm or cold, with milk or sweetener or plain.
Drink as much as you want—a cup a day is good, a quart a day is great. Drink it cold or hot, plain or with milk, stevia or honey or lemon, or try adding it in a smoothie. Weed recommended drinking one kind a day for four days, then repeating the cycle. Enjoy!