Kathleen Wildwood ~ Long Herbal Infusions: Why Drink Nourishing Long Herbal Infusions?

This keeps coming up, especially long infusions of stinging nettles. Herbalist Kathleen Wildwood (whom David and I knew when we lived in Madison) gives a good primer on long infusions, the how, what and why of them.

I would add that long infusions bring out more of the “essence” of an herb, including the magical properties. In the case of stinging nettles, this magical essence connotes sovereignty, strength and beauty — as long as you treat Lady Nettle with respect. Stomp all over her, and she stings. She contains the cure to her sting, though, and in some cases, like arthritis, the sting itself is curative.

Nettle infusions come up most often for anyone having a Black Moon Lilith issue. I always say, if there was a patron saint of Lyme disease, the Herxheimer reaction, histamine reaction, or “hysteria,” it would be Black Moon Lilith. On the physical and metaphysical levels, nettles calm and nourish that energy and turn it into strength. It’s kind of like fairy tales where the prince meets the old hag on the road. If he scorns or disrespects her, she curses (stings) him, but if he treats her with respect, she turns into a beautiful maiden or fairy godmother.

Herbalists say, “When in doubt, choose nettles,” but you can make a long infusion from many herbs.

Kathleen gives many examples, but my favorite by far is a quart sized jar of one cup dried stinging nettles, one licorice root tea bag, filled to the top with boiling water. The licorice tea gives a slight sweet taste to the earthy nettles, and for me, rounds out the flavors and properties. Not everyone can take licorice, though. It’s not for anyone with high blood pressure, so be aware of that if you opt for my recipe. Just sharing this post here again, because I keep emailing it to clients. Enjoy!

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This is a timely post from the lovely Kathleen Wildwood of The Wildwood Institute. David and I had the pleasure of attending many of her herb walks, classes and two wild edibles dinners hosted by Kathleen when we lived in Madison. I was just thinking about making a nettle infusion when her email came through offering permission to post her new article.

Long Herbal Infusions

Why Drink Nourishing Long Herbal Infusions? 

By Kathleen R. Wildwood, © 2015

          During the winter, people ask me what they can do to make up for the generous consumption of sweets, beer and other comfort foods and drinks that people use to keep up their spirits in the dark of the year. Though you cannot make up for the impact of these foods on your metabolism, you can drink nourishing long herbal infusions to help replace the nutrients lost, reduce cravings for less healthy beverages…

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  1. Posted by Kieron on July 15, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Interesting! Not specifically about nettles, but it was pointed out to me that wild mullein is noticeably prevalent this year, almost as if Nature is offering us some remedies for breathing difficulties and respiratory support. I noticed thereafter that even the highway maintenance guys, doing their mowing along the roadsides (I wish they would leave everything be) are mowing around stands of mullein, which is really surprising! Maybe some of them even know what’s what and choose to leave it alone. I travel a lot so I am seeing a lot of things most people miss in their commutes. Even a volunteer herb popped up in my garden that I suspected might be mullein, early on, but by now there’s no flower stalk rising so it must be something else. 🙂

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  2. Yes, Kieron, it’s fascinating how herbs “know.” When Lyme disease got very prevalent in the Madison area, all of a sudden Japanese knotweed started growing like crazy. It’s an invasive plant, but one of the most powerful sources of resveratrol, which helps against Lyme disease. I’ve also noticed that where there are lots of deer, there’s lots of teasel growing — and teasel root’s another good anti-Lyme herb.

    You probably already know this, but mullein’s a biannual herb. It only develops the stalk in the second year, so maybe you did see mullein, just not the second year “torches.” 🙂

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  3. Hello! Thanks to YOU, Laura, and Kathleen’s article educating me on the merits and ease of Long Herbal Infusions, I connected with her and placed an order for several bulk herbs yesterday. What a BEAUTY she is! Just like you. ☺ Big Hugs Big Love Bambi 💛💙💜💚

    On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 8:14 AM Laura Bruno’s Blog wrote:

    > laurabruno posted: “This keeps coming up, especially long infusions of > stinging nettles. Herbalist Kathleen Wildwood (whom David and I knew when > we lived in Madison) gives a good primer on long infusions, the how, what > and why of them. I would add that long infusions bring ” >

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  4. You’re most welcome!

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