Not only can herbs be used for herbal remedies, they can be used as herbal prevention in herbal infusions!
Herbs contain a lot of vitamins and minerals and can be used to maintain health. A great way is through the use of daily herbal infusions. An herbal infusion is very like a tea, only it uses much more herb and is steeped much longer than tea.
The following herbs are like vitamins in a tea cup. They are most known for their nutritive qualities and when taken on a regular basis give vitamins and minerals to our systems. The vitamins and minerals are of a nature that make it easier for our body to take in as opposed to pills and capsules.
When making an infusion, use 1/3 -1 cup dried herb to 1 quart boiling water and let sit for 4-8 hours. Using a coffee press or a teapot with a basket makes straining out the herb very easy. Strain plant material and drink within 24 hours.
The following three herbs are great for beginners.
Alfalfa Medicago sativa Containing biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, Vitamins B-6, A, C, E and K, as well chlorophyll, niacin, riboflavin, and cobalt this herb is beneficial to people who are convalescing, pregnant, or who are elderly. Very good for a nourishing infusion! However, caution should be taken for those on blood thinners as the high level of Vitamin K interferes with Coumadin’s (blood thinner) anti-coagulant effects.
Nettle Urtica dioica A nutritional profile in Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pedersen shows that stinging nettle is very rich in calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, potassium, silicon, manganese, and zinc. This herb is also very good as a reproductive tonic for women, alleviating symptoms of PMS and menopause. It helps strengthen weak kidneys, too.
Oat straw Avena sativa This herb is mineral and vitamin rich especially in silica, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. This high mineral content makes it of benefit for those suffering from mineral deficiency or avitaminosis. Most often the elderly or those convalescing will benefit from a daily infusion of this herb. I love oat straw for its ability to calm me and give a peaceful sleep.
Drink your multivitamin in herbal infusions!