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Medicine Making Mondays – Cold Infusions

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 strain. Drink and enjoy! 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 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 usually due to the …