Check out the How to Make Your Own Herbal Vitamin Infusion Infographic below the article!
If you are looking to improve your health and fuel your body with added nutrients and minerals, then taking herbal supplements probably seems like the right step to take. However, according to modernalternativemama.com, there are numerous issues that are linked with commercial supplements. For example, several vitamin supplements are made with synthetic vitamins and minerals, which the body has difficulty absorbing. In addition, supplements are made with a saturated fatty acid called stearate, which binds the nutrients; again giving the body a tough time in absorbing them. Modernalternativemama.com also states that many vitamin supplements are “out of balance”, meaning that they are overly high in one nutrient, which prevents the absorption of another.
This is not to say that nourishing your body with additional vitamins is a bad thing! Providing your body with necessary nutrients is an extremely healthy choice. However, instead of buying expensive vitamin supplements, try making your own homemade herbal vitamin infusion. This is a more natural and inexpensive way to fuel your body.
How to Make Your Own Herbal Infusion:
Herbs to Use
- Alfalfa – Known as “nature’s multivitamin”, alfalfa has a high concentration of vitamins and minerals. It is a source of chlorophyll, calcium, and vitamins D, E, and K. It is also primarily made up of vitamin C, folic acid, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron, and zinc.
- Dandelion leaf – This is more than just that pesky weed found in your yard! As reported by wellnessmama.com, dandelion leaf contains calcium and is wonderful for your digestive system, liver, pancreas, and circulatory system.
- Oats – The straw and tops of oats contain saponins, flavonoids, calcium, iron, complete B-Vitamins, manganese, and zinc. As stated in the article “A Sustainable Daily Vitamin Supplement” from frugallysustainable.com, oats aid the body in building strong bones, skin, hair, and nails.
- Nettle leaf – Not only a strong antioxidant, nettle leaf is also a solid source for calcium, potassium chloride, protein, fiber, and vitamins C and A.
- Rose hips – Comprised of a great amount of Vitamin C (more than 60 percent more than lemons), rose hips help the body fight off colds, the flu, and infections. Rose hips also include vitamins A, D, and E.
Making the Vitamin Infusion
When making your herbal vitamin infusion, you first want to make sure that the herbs you are using are safe for you and the individuals that will be taking the vitamin.
Frugallysustainable.com provides the direction to making your own vitamin infusion:
- Combine equal parts of the herbs you chose from above to produce an herb mixture
- Put two handfuls of your herb mixture into a quart-sized glass jar
- Boil water in a pot
- Fill the glass jar with boiling water
- Place the lid on the jar
- Steep herbs for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator (the longer the steeping time, the more nutritious the infusion will be)
- Strain the mixture
Now your vitamin fusion is ready to drink! The normal serving for an adult is half a quart.
Photo courtesy of adamr, freedigitalphotos.net
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