Herbal 101 – How to Make a Cold Infusion

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A Cold Infusion is a way to prepare herbs when the effect you want is nourishment & gentle support over time.
  • Some herbs release their nutrients & actions best when soaked in tepid water for 8-12 hours.
  • This is particularly true for those which help the body replenish minerals.
  • Here I have a mineral support mix Osteomint that I often serve to clients at the clinic.
  • Cold infusions are best for symptoms with burning sensation, high heat, and high pitta conditions.

Not sure if you have signs of high heat? 

Great herbs for cold infusions:

  • Nettle (deficiencies, bone & urinary support)
  • Raspberry (uterine tonic)
  • Wild Yam (women’s reproductive tonic)
  • Sage (which I recommend for wet-type hot flashes)

Others medicinals you might use: Echinacea, Ginseng, Red Clover, Mullein, Marshmallow/Hollyhock


Place 2 tablespoons of dried herb into a glass jar.

Pour about 6 times that amount of filtered water over the herbs, and leave to soak 8-12 hours.

Typically I do this at the end of the evening and leave overnight so it’s ready in the morning for drinking all day.

The exact recipe is 1 part herb (by weight) to 6 parts herb (by volume). But if you’re using as a nourishing kitchen remedy, it’s not so important to be really exact with this type of herbal preparation.

Strain before drinking. You may warm it before drinking if you have low agni.

Drink regularly over months for effect.

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