When you think of superfood recipes you probably think of exotic fruits such as acai berries or vegetables like broccoli. And yes, these are nutritious foods but did you know certain herbs can be made into potent vitamin and mineral drinks?
Curious? A herbal infusion differs from tea in that you use a larger amount of herb and steep for a much longer period of time. This is very simply done using a quart sized canning jar or a four cup french press.
SUPERFOOD RECIPES AS HERBAL INFUSIONS
Because an herbal infusion needs to steep anywhere from 4 to 10 hours I usually make it in the evening so that it's ready to drink bright and early the next day.
Here's what you need:
WHAT HEALTH BENEFITS WILL YOU GET FROM THESE LIQUID SUPERFOOD RECIPES?
The health benefits of herbal infusions depend entirely on what herbs you use. There are a handful of herbs that are especially nourishing and each has it's own benefits. Dried herbs are usually best for infusions. Here's some of the best herbs for your healthy tonic:
STINGING NETTLE INFUSIONS
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is packed full of iron and vitamin C. It also contains histamine, formic acid, serotonin, tannins and vitamins A, D, E and K. Not to mention magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc.
A nettle infusion isn't just a great spring tonic! It can also help with:
In Auryuvedic medicine, oatstraw (Avena sativa) is considered the finest of all longevity tonics. It is also known as a very sexy beverage as it has an extremely positive effect on the libido! In fact, it is a great tonic for your whole body.
Oatstraw contains steroidal saponins, flavonoids, B vitamins, carotene and many minerals. A single cup of oatstraw infusion can have a whopping 300 milligrams of calcium!
Oatstraw infusions can work as:
RED CLOVER INFUSIONS
It is widely known in the herbal community that red clover flowers (Trifolium pratense) is one of the world's most used anticancer herbs! It contains four phytoestrogens whereas soy contains only one and you don't have to worry about clover being genetically modified like most soy beans are.
Red clover is a super general tonic that can also:
If you have a hard time with the taste of any of the nourishing herbs you can always add a pinch of mint to your infusion.
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