Within my website there are basic recipes for infusions, decoctions, tinctures and macerated oils. Once you have learned to master these you can then use them in conjunction with the information you gather around herbs, essential oils and body/hair/health care product making tailoring them to make your own recipes.
Infusions and decoctions are best made on the day they are to be used to ensure they are fresh. Tinctures, macerated oils, creams and balms will all keep for longer.
The quantity of dried herb will depend on the strength you require. However, a general rule of thumb is 1 heaped teaspoon dried herb to 1 cup of water. When using fresh herbs, double this quantity.
An infusion is a way to harness the property of a herb, namely the softer, green or flowering part of a plant. Infusions are usually made like a tea and you can use them instead of water in any body, hair or health care product. It provides a simple way of including a specific herb for a particular issue, skin type or condition.
What you will need:
Herb or herbs of your choice
Sieve/tea strainer or muslin
What to do:
Chop the herb or mixture of herbs. Transfer to a cup or teapot. Pour on boiling water. Leave to steep for 10 minutes, preferably covering the cup or pot to avoid the loss of volatile oils in the steam. Strain before use.
A good example of the use of infusion to is to make chamomile tea as a hair rinse for blonde hair. Use dark tea and nettle for darker hair. (Nettle is full of iron and a final nettle rinse for all hair is a fantastic way to promote growth).
Herbs that can be used in infusions include:
Borage, chamomile, cleavers, comfrey leaf, elder flower, lavender, lemon balm, marigold, marshmallow, rose petals.