Tea vs. Infusion: What’s the Difference?

  Tea vs. infusion. What's the difference, and when should you use each one? Join me as I give a simple answer to this question!

There’s nothing like having a cup of herbal tea for mere pleasure or for the purpose of good health. Herbal teas are a favorite way for many people to enjoy the quality of nutritious herbs. Herbal infusions are also a great way to consume herbs. So what’s the difference between an herbal tea and an herbal infusion?

An herbal tea is most often used with single herbs or a mixture of herbs for the purpose of simply enjoying a cup of tea or during times of illness. An herbal infusion is very much like a tea, only it is steeped longer and uses a larger amount of herb. The purpose of an herbal infusion is feeding your body a high dose of vitamins and minerals. According to Nature Skills, a cup of nettle tea has 5-10 mg. of calcium, while a cup of nettle infusion can contain up to 500 mg. of calcium! Clearly, infusions provide many more times the amount of nutrition than tea!

Tea vs. Infusion: When do you use a tea and when do you use an infusion?  

Some people drink both teas and infusions on a regular basis for good health, some drink mostly tea and only make infusions occasionally, and some herbalists drink only infusions and don’t mess with the less-nutritious teas. This is what I personally do: I consume herbal teas as a daily drink and at times when my body needs a particular herb(s) for an illness. I treat infusions more like taking a vitamin and drink them as a way to supply my body with high doses of vitamins and minerals. Drinking at least one cup of infusion a day is a great idea for good health! Make sense? Great! 🙂 Now I’ll explain how to make an herbal tea and an herbal infusion!

Tea vs. infusion. What's the difference, and when should you use each one? Join me as I give a simple answer to this question!

Herbal tea:

  • Combine 1-2 tsp. of dried herb per cup of boiling water.  
  • Once you’ve added the herbs to the water, remove from heat.  
  • Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes .  
  • Strain the herbs and drink.

During times of illness, it is recommended that adults drink one cup of tea three times a day.  Children typically drink half that amount. For pleasure drinking , I would personally recommend herbal mixes such as: Perfect Pumpkin Pie TeaPassion Fruit Black Tea, or Secret Garden Green Tea. For drinking medicinal teas 3 times a day or so during times of illness, I would recommend teas such as: Immune System Builder or Throat Rescue Tea.  

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Herbal Infusion:

  • Add about a cup of dried herbs to a quart jar.  
  • Pour boiling water over the herbs to the top of the jar.  
  • Cover tightly with a lid.  
  • Let the herbs steep 4-10 hours and then strain.  

A great way to do this is to make the infusion before you go to bed, and in the morning you have a healthy drink to start your day! You can drink 1-4 cups of infusion a day. Keep any leftover infusion refrigerated, and discard after 36 hours. Some of the best herbs for an herbal infusion are:

What do you make most – a tea or infusion?

Vitamin C IV Therapy Benefits

In this post I'm explaining what a vitamin C IV is and how it may be helpful in your journey to getting healthier!

Vitamin C IV (also known as vitamin C therapy) is one way to boost your immune system and possibly aid you in your journey to better health. I’ve long wanted to have one of these IV’s after reading about all of its benefits, and last week I found myself at a health and wellness center getting one- which was a first for me! I have since then had another one and have felt its benefits as well. In this post I’ll explain what it is and how it may be helpful in your journey to getting healthier.  

Why Vitamin C IV?

Many of you know that I have struggled every few years with things like adrenal fatigue, heart palpitations, anxiety, and panic attacks. Thankfully I have learned how to mostly get my health back on track with herbal remedies at home, but a few times I’ve needed the help of my natural doctor (I go to a Doctor of Chiropractic [DC]). In my recent visit I found that I’m deficient in magnesium (even though I take it at night in powdered form almost every night. I learned at this visit that our bodies can handle a lot more magnesium when we use it topically or intraveneously), I have adrenal fatigue (surprise, surprise….this is something I battle every few years and really need to get in the habit of supporting my adrenals better every day!), and I’m anemic (no wonder I feel like I need a nap in the afternoons!). On a side note about the anemia. You can be anemic even if your blood work shows that your iron count is OK. We can be low in our ferritin levels, which means we may have enough in our blood but don’t have enough iron in our body. So if your doctor tells you that your iron is fine but you are fatigued and know something is wrong, ask to specifically have your ferritin levels checked. MDs are not taught to check these levels and that may be something that needs corrected. More about this in another post! 

Here is my recent experience with this IV. I walked into my doctor’s office unable to walk straight and my head was very dizzy. It felt like it had a rubberband wrapped around it. I had felt this way in my head for 6 days straight 24/7, but was trying to do things at home to destress. However, when I woke up this morning of the IV, I was unable to walk straight or function like I needed to and I knew I needed some professional help. I walked out of my doctor’s office later that same day running to the car (because it was raining-which I could not have done before the IV) and the dizziness and rubberband feeling was completely gone! During the last 15 minutes of the IV I could feel my nervous system relaxing and a calm came over me because my body was getting nourishment that it was so deficient in.

Here are some reasons you may want to consider a vitamin C IV (my IV had added magnesium and B vitamins as well), especially if you are dealing with immune problems, infections, or a lot of stress. Our body becomes really deficient in vitamins and minerals when we are over busy and/or over stressed.

Here I am SO happy to be feeling better!

IV Vitamin C Therapy Benefits

  • Vitamin C reaches much higher levels in the body when taken intravenously than by mouth. You can only take vitamin C by mouth according to bowel tolerance, which is much less than through an IV.
  • When taken by mouth, vitamin C is not completely absorbed by the body. When it’s delivered by IV, it’s 100% bioavailable.
  • Supports adrenal glands
  • Helps energy levels – a 2012 study showed that intravenous vitamin C gave a reduction of fatigue and oxidative stress for 24 hours after treatment. [3]
  • Improves skin
  • Boosts the immune system and fights against bacteria [4] and viruses [5]
  • Used as part of a cancer healing protocol by its ability to fight cancer cells.
  • Makes side effects of chemotherapy and radiation less severe
  • Helps body recover from great amounts of stress
  • Helps extreme fatigue [3]
  • Boosts collagen production for stronger bones, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, and thicker skin

I am not against medical doctors and do go to them when needed, but when it comes to dealing with anxiety, heart palpitations, panic attacks, etc., prescription drugs are just not for me. I recommend a natural doctor or DC. When we deal with these symptoms, our body is crying out for help and letting us know that something is wrong. If we take prescriptions that only deal with the symptoms, we are supressing our body’s cries and not dealing with the problem, but are actually making things worse. It’s always best to find out WHY our body is going haywire and deal with it at the root so we can HEAL!


  1. “High Dose Vitamin C IV.” IV For Life, https://www.ivforlife.com/treatments/high-dose-vitamin-c-iv/.
  2. “IVC Protocol Vitamin C Research.” Riordan Clinic, https://riordanclinic.org/research-study/vitamin-c-research-ivc-protocol/.
  3. Suh, Sang-Yeon, et al. “Intravenous Vitamin C Administration Reduces Fatigue in Office Workers: a Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial.” Nutrition Journal, BioMed Central, 20 Jan. 2012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22264303.
  4. Helgadóttir, Saga, et al. “Vitamin C Pretreatment Enhances the Antibacterial Effect of Cold Atmospheric Plasma.” Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Frontiers Media S.A., 22 Feb. 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28275584.
  5. Hemilä, Harri. “Vitamin C and Infections.” Nutrients, MDPI, 29 Mar. 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5409678/.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's an easy, healthy chickpea cookie recipe full of plant-based protein and without flour or sugar!

 I have to admit that I wasn’t too keen on making these cookies when I first saw the recipe on this websiteHow is it at all possible for chickpeas to be appetizing in a cookie?   

I then began loving the possibility of finding another tasty, healthy cookie that contained no flour or sugar. And after reading so many positive comments about how good the cookies are, I decided to give them a try. 

I have to say that I was surprised when I tasted the cookie! I could not taste the chickpeas at all. I found them delightfully good.  There’s no guilt when eating these!  

I have a few quick tips: 

  1. These ARE healthy cookies. Don’t expect them to taste like the ones your mom bakes on Christmas morning. 😉 If you want to eat sweets that are good for you, this is one great way to do that.
  2. Using a food processor to blend these is essential! It’s possible that a really high speed blender would work. The cookies taste much better when the ingredients are thoroughly blended without a chunk of chickpea anywhere. This is the food processor that I use.
  3. Make these without telling your kids that they have a ton of chickpeas in them. That can kind of mess with their mind and affect their taste buds. 😉

Here's an easy, healthy chickpea cookie recipe full of plant-based protein and without flour or sugar!

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies 

  • 1¼ cup cooked or canned chick peas 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of peanut butter 
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all but the chocolate chips in a food processor until smooth.  
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
Optional: To make them more chocolaty, add 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder! 
Have you ever made cookies with an ingredient replacing the flour?
Updated from the original publishing date of October 25, 2013