Herbal infusions are a gentle and refreshing way to nourish the body. Rarely does a client of mine leave consultation without being instructed on how to make herbal infusions and how important they are in restoring depleted nutrients. This article, an excerpt from a clients-only handout, focuses on the benefits of herbal infusions, how to make them, and where to obtain the necessary herbs.
How to Make an Herb Infused Oil
Herb infused oils are a kind of herbal infusion where an herb or combination of herbs are soaked in oil long enough for some of the flavor and medicinal properties to extract into the oil. These oils can then be used for food, medicine, or both, depending on why you made it. A lot of the articles that I write (like this one on herbal remedies for earaches) and protocols that I give to clients require making an infused herbal oil. I'm often asked HOW one goes about making an herbal oil. There are several methods. All of them seem to be effective. All of them are easy. Let's review.
Earaches, Ear Infections: Herbal Remedies
When your child is suffering with an ear infection or earache, it’s hard not to feel helpless. We want to take away their pain, and often turn to medications and antibiotics to do this. However, unless the situation is severe, we could be doing our childrens' immune systems a disservice by turning too frequently to medications. Studies have shown that many childhood ear infections will often clear up on their own in a few days. This means that worried parents can focus more on offering comfort and immune boosting measures than directly combating the pathogen behind the infection. Herbalists have long turned to mullein herb and garlic to soothe the discomfort of earaches and ear infections. Let's take a closer look at these two powerful plants.
Read on to take a closer look at the big hitters in this, and many other herbal earache oil remedies: Mullein and Garlic.
I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.