I'm not a big vitamin fan, they never settle well in my gut, I always forget to take them when I'm supposed to, and I often wonder if the vitamin I'm taking is really what it says on the box. So there is a lot of confusion, forgetfulness, and upset stomach over vitamins. If you are someone who consistently takes your vitamins or has an excellent relationship with them, keep taking them! For me... and my family... vitamins just don't jive with us.
Our family life is a bit chaotic, and probably will be forever. As much as I strive for balance, I realize balance is bull shit, and really I need to focus on being flexible and making peace with whatever happens in life. Soooo our family life has lots of ebbs and flows... some days I make a kick ass power house meal with nutrition out the ass, and other days.... its Chick-fil-A (delicious but not nutrient dense). I believe its completely unrealistic to center your whole life around making mega-nutrient dense meals that your super picky family members will eat every meal of every day. I'm sure there are people out there who do this... and God Bless You... but this is kinda where I currently am in life..... 70% nutrient dense meals... 30% not so much.
Soooo.... how does one try to add more nutrients to their imperfect life??? Hello Nourishing Herbal Infusions. As I've gone through different Herbalism programs, I've seen the name Susun Weed. I recently decided to listen to her podcasts and a reoccurring theme in her podcasts are how important Nourishing Herbal Infusions are. What is a Nourishing Herbal Infusion? Excellent question.
"An infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time. Typically, one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water, tightly lidded and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours. After straining, a cup or more is consumed, and the remainder chilled to slow spoilage. Drinking 2-4 cups a day is usual. Since the minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions."
Susun has five infusions that she cycles through for various reasons: nettle, comfrey, linden, red clover, and oat straw. For myself, I have chosen slightly different infusions because they are what sound good to my body, and I'm waiting on the rest of my herbs to arrive! My current daily infusion is: 1 part hibiscus, 1 part nettle, 1 part peppermint. I measure out an ounce of this mixture into my quart mason jar, fill it with boiling water, cap it and let it sit over night.
I'm not sure why this is easier for me to remember than taking supplements, but I know that these infusions nourish my body in a way supplements can't. My kids enjoy drinking these infusions as well! I would encourage anyone who is looking for a way to add some extra nutrients in their life to try these infusions for 2 weeks! It's a simple, practical way to bring some extra goodness in your life.
Where I buy my herbs: Mountain Rose Herbs and Frontier (they sell some of their herbs on Amazon)