Using Infusions to Heal

If you drink coffee, tea, or iced tea then you’re already familiar with the power of infusions to pack in flavors, caffeine or medicinal components. According to, an infusion is “the process of extracting chemical compounds or flavors from plant material in a solvent such as water, oil or alcohol, by allowing the material to remain suspended in the solvent over time (a process often called steeping). An infusion is also the name for the resultant liquid…. A common example of an infusion is tea, and many herbal teas are prepared in the same way. Lemon, chamomile, senna, apple, ginger, rooibos , and a great many other plants are used individually or in combination. Herbal infusions in water and oil are both commonly used as herbal remedies. Coffee can also be made through infusion (as in a French press) but is more often made through percolation.”

Using Infusions to heal

What you may not know is that herbal and medicinal teas may provide much more of their active compounds when allowed to steep for several hours or overnight. On her website,, Master Herbalist Susun Weed has written extensively about the use of infusions to augment or replace drugs for a variety of complaints. Among her “go to” favorite herbs are:

Chick weed – increase our ability to absorb nutrients, especially minerals. Used to dissolve and break down unwanted matter, including disease-causing bacteria, cysts, benign tumors, thickened mucus in the respiratory and digestive systems, and excess fat cells. Red clover — powerful anti-cancer agent, used for menopause relief, treating coughs, and more. Stinging Nettles — a diuretic, loaded with calcium, used to prevent osteoporosis, purify the blood and treat prostrate issues Oat straw — used to treat anxiety and stress, also known as a natural “Viagra.”

Learn more with this video interview with Susun Weed

Bumps on the Eyes: Home Remedies by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

A chalazion (sha-LAY-zee-on), is a cyst-like bump in the upper or lower eyelid due to a blocked meibomian (mī-ˈbō-mē-ən) gland. While chalazia (plural) and styes can look similar, they have different causes and characteristics. Styes (also called hordeolum), like chalazia, are characterized by a blocked oil gland; however, unlike chalazia, styes are caused by bacterial infections. This means that they almost always involve redness and soreness, and localized swelling in the eye, which is not typically the case with chalazia.

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The Many Benefits of Mullein

Mullein is a flowering plant that is classified as a weed because it spreads quickly throughout gardens and public areas. Dr. Mercola writes, “The medicinal benefits of mullein were discovered quite early on. Early American settlers brought it from Europe because it was known for its ability to help treat various ailments. When the Native Americans established contact with the settlers and discovered the plant, they took advantage of it as well.” The leaves and flowers of mullein can be made into a tea, or used to make an oil.

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