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! ūüôā 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?

3 Easy Ways You Can Learn More About Herbs

Herb Learning

I used to know nothing about herbs.  Nada.  Zero.  Zilch.

I even thought herb-users were weird. ¬†I mean, why choose an herb when you can easily go to the doctor for medication? ¬†After all, this is the 21st century! ¬†We don’t have to resort to home remedies like they did in the old days because we now have advanced medicine!

This was seriously my mindset.

Boy have I come a looooong way in my thinking!  The advancement of medicine is amazing for emergencies, but those old-fashioned home remedies are now my first choice for ailments, diseases, and health needs.

Facing a health crisis years ago that forced me to turn to herbs has changed my perspective just a bit.  Or maybe a lot!

When I experienced healing from natural resources, I began to study herbs and natural health like crazy! ¬†I became so fascinated with all the many plants that have effective healing properties. ¬†And it really began to make sense that God knew we would be fallen sinners and live in a world of sickness and disease, and would create plants to help us heal ourselves. ¬†As I’ve said, I am not against conventional medicine, but believe it is best reserved for emergencies and serious situations.

If you, like me, are passionate about learning more about herbs and how to make medicines for your family, let me tell you the resources that I have found so very helpful. ¬†I have taken online classes, but I didn’t start out doing that and I know that may overwhelm some of you. ¬†If you are interested in becoming an herbalist and taking classes, you can view a couple recommendations HERE, but today I’m discussing 3 easy ways you can get started without pouring in a ton of time into it.

3 Easy Ways You Can Learn More About Herbs

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1. Online videos                                                                                                                                                                      

I am such a visual learner that I had no confidence¬†that I could make medicines for my family until I actually saw someone doing it themselves. ¬†Seeing how easy it was made me realize how doable it was. ¬†If you can cook a casserole or boil potatoes, you can make medicines for your family – and save a huge amount of money doing it! ¬†My very favorite online videos that motivated me to experiment with herbs are Shoshanna’s Youtube videos. ¬†You can view them HERE. ¬†I also have enjoyed Learning Herbs videos.

2. Books

I learn so much from reading herbal books.  Each book has its own wealth of information so I enjoy collecting them.  Some of my favorites are Be Your Own Doctor, (and all books by Rachel Weaver), Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar, Practical Herbalism, and Homegrown Herbs.  {Save 20% on most of these books by entering code SUMMER15 at checkout!  This week only HERE!}

3. DVD’s

Making Herbs Simple Volumes 1 & Volume 2 by Shoshanna are DVDs that I watched in addition to her YouTube videos.  Once again, the visual aspect of the DVDs influenced me greatly in building my own medicine chest.  {Click HERE to save 60% off these DVDs, plus enter the code SUMMER15 at checkout for an extra 20% off!  Sale is this week only!}

I have saved literally hundreds of dollars by making my own herbal medicines Рand you can too!  I buy my herbs in bulk mostly from the Bulk Herb Store, which saves a LOT of money in the long run.

If you are interested in learning more about herbs, this is the week to start!  The Bulk Herb Store is have their biggest sale of the year this week!

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You can save 20% off your entire order, plus an additional 60% off the DVDs I mentioned.  Click here to read all the details!

What are your favorite resources for gaining more herbal knowledge?