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How to easily prepare infusions at home

Do you want to learn how to prepare your own infusions at home? We explain what ingredients per cup you need, in what quantities and what steps to follow to make medicinal infusions easily.

An infusion is probably one of the easiest, most comfortable and simplest natural options when it comes to being able to enjoy the different qualities and properties that many medicinal plants and herbs provide us.

It basically consists of a simple method of extracting most of the active principles present in a plant. How? Simply selecting the leaves, flowers or seeds to prepare, let the water boil in a saucepan and then pour hot water over the parts of the plant that you are going to make, letting it rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

But it is evident that the process is somewhat more laborious and not so simple, although it is fast once you follow all the steps and practice with a wide variety of plants and herbs.  For example, by making our first infusion for the first time following the necessary steps, you will get enough experience to do it again any other day.

What are the infusions for?

The truth is that the properties and benefits that infusions offer us in our health are actually very varied, as well as the vast amount of plants and medicinal herbs that we can use in their preparation. For example, they can be preventive, curative, or aid in the treatment of diseases, conditions, and health disorders.

On the other hand, depending on their quality or purpose, they can be useful to lose weight and lose weight, to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides, to relax our body and mind, to purify and detoxify our body, as laxatives … There are even useful infusions for pregnancy, which help to alleviate certain problems that arise during pregnancy and which are totally and absolutely safe.

Is it suitable to use the microwave to prepare infusions?

The use of the microwave in the preparation of infusions is becoming more and more common, especially when heating the water, especially because of the speed with which the water heats up and obviously because of its ease of use.

Although it does not pose any risk, we must be careful since the microwave is only useful when the water is heated to such a point that it breaks to a boil, and it is also only suitable for heating the water.

This means that it is not advisable, much less to prepare the infusion completely in the microwave, especially if we use small balls, since it has not been proven that it is an adequate method for the extraction of the active principles of the plants.

How to infuse at home:

The process is extremely simple, easy and fast. Of course, depending on whether you are going to prepare it with a dry or fresh plant, the quantities will vary: a small tablespoon of dry plant and two small tablespoons of fresh herb or plant (that is, in most cases the quantities tend to be the double). This equates to 2 to 3 grams.

First we put this small spoonful inside a cup. Then we put the equivalent of a cup of water in a saucepan, and heat until it starts to boil. When it reaches this point, remove it from the heat and pour the hot water over the cup where you placed the small spoonful of the plant. Now cover the cup and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes (in this way you will ensure that the benefits that we find in its oils and that could evaporate are not lost). To finish, you just have to strain the infusion and drink it.

If you wish, in most cases you can drink between 2 to 3 cups of infusion a day. On the other hand, if instead of a cup you have prepared more quantity, you can keep the rest in a cool place or in the refrigerator for at most 1 day, although it is preferable that you drink the infusion just after preparing it.

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