Medicine Making Mondays – Cold Infusions

January 11th, 2010 § 3 comments

Oh, the many ways to make tea!

Cold infusions are steeping plant matter in non-boiled water. The water need not be cold in temperature to make a cold infusion, it can be anywhere from lukewarm from the tap to icy cold spring water.

Directions for making a cold infusion:

  • To make 2 cups, put 3 heaping tablespoons of dried herb to a large tea strainer/infuser or muslin pouch.
  • Add water to a pint jar, then suspend the herb in the pouch or infuser in the water.
  • Let sit overnight. squeeze or press the marc (the herb in the infuser or bag) into the tea to bbmd-inc.com strain.
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Marshmallow root

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Muslin bag and medium-mesh strainer

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Marshmallow root cold-infusing

Why do we make cold infusions, you may wonder. If hot water aids in extracting the medicinal qualities from herbs, then wouldn’t steeping herbs in cold or room temperature water hinder the http://acusticsambient.com/levitra-generic extraction of important chemical constituents? Not necessarily. Richo Cech explains;

“Some herbs, like marshmallow and blessed thistle, lend their active principles better to cold water than to hot. This is visit web site cialis pfizer india usually due to the presence of mucilage or bitter principles that are denatured, to a certain extent, by boiling water” (68).

Here is a list from James Green of pharmacy cialis'>pharmacy cialis herbs that can be extracted well in a cold infusion (110). You may notice they all have either bitter properties or are mucilaginous:

  • Burdock root
  • Chamomile
  • Cleavers
  • Comfrey root
  • Crampbark
  • Marshmallow
  • Mugwort
  • Nettle
  • Peppermint
  • Uva Ursi
  • Slippery elm
  • Blessed thistle (Cech, 68)

There are a few surprises for me on this list. I have never thought to cold infuse cleavers, crampbark or uva ursi, but now that I think of it these are all bitter and cooling. The herbs that I cold infuse the most are marshmallow, chamomile, and comfrey. Before I knew about cold infusing I prepared marshmallow as a regular decoction (it’s a root, so it should be decocted, right?) every time I made it. After hearing that marshmallow should be cold infused, I tried it and noticed a significant difference. The room temperature finished product was much smoother and mucilaginous, making it even more adept to aid the digestive tract or dry throat and respiratory system. I also think it tasted a bit sweeter.

A note about slippery elm while I’m at it: this is an herb that I use mostly as powdered. Mix slippery elm powder into a finished tea to add a moistening and look here real cialis without a prescription soothing quality. This kind of qualifies as a cold infusion, except you don’t strain the powdered herb out of the finished product, it is mixed in (best mixed by transferring the tea to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shaking it well). I don’t measure, rather I start with a half teaspoon and work my way up to a tablespoon if I am particularly dry. The longer you leave the only for you buy low price viagra slippery elm in your tea, the thicker and more mucilaginous it becomes. When I am going into the hospital with a doula client, I always add an extra-large pinch or two of slippery elm to only best offers viagra viagra a quart of marshmallow tea to counteract the extreme dryness of the institutional forced air heating, and I bring a little jar of levitra costs' title='levitra costs'>levitra costs honey, bee pollen and slippery elm paste to suck on for a dry throat and lungs. Works like a charm every time. Read more about slippery elm and other herbs for dry environments at The Medicine Woman’s Roots.

Referances:

Cech, Richo. Making Plant Medicine.

Green, James. The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook.

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§ 3 Responses to Medicine Making Mondays – Cold Infusions"

  • Matt says:

    Nice blog. I remembered hearing that marshmallow was supposed to be cold infused in class, but wanted to double check. Looks like that was correct.

  • celia says:

    Thanks, Matthew! You can do a hot infusion, but it just doesn’t feel the same. Literally, it isn’t as slimy!

  • GB says:

    Do you know about whether dandelion leaf or red raspberry leaf is better hot or cold infused? Would cold be ok?

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