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What types of infusions are there and what are their properties

by Georgia Ede
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What are infusions for?

The infusions are the mixture of water (usually hot) with herbs or plants.

Since its origin, the infusions have been elaborated to treat certain ailments , still today there are many defenders of these practices, because unlike medicines, the infusions are natural, they do not have so many side effects and they are very beneficial for health.

Infusing some herbs at a certain temperature will allow us to extract all the properties of the plant that we have chosen, as long as they are soluble in water, since there are certain principles that are soluble in fat, so the extracts must be made in oil.

But, as a general rule, almost all medicinal plants are soluble in water, so we can make infusions of all of them.

What are the principal uses?

The infusions are widely used as a supplement in many diets , because usually, in addition to quench a little appetite, favoring the digestion .

The infusions are used mainly for discomfort of the digestive tract, as well as for states of nervousness, mild pain, or muscle discomfort, as well as insomnia problems, etc.

Currently a very common practice is to mix different plants to achieve a different flavor, as well as, a greater therapeutic efficacy.

In addition, the infusions get us to drink more water, which is very beneficial for our body, to maintain the body’s water level and thus achieve better drainage.

Different types of infusions and their uses

  • The mint out to combat sore throat, headache, cold, nasal congestion and all those diseases of the respiratory tract as it clears the nasal passages.
  • The pennyroyal combat stomach pain and is a good ally against gases.
  • The tila  for nervousness, anxiety, stress, insomnia. If you want to know how to combat stress you can read this post that gives you some tips to get rid of it.
  • The chamomile for stomach pain, gastrointestinal problems.
  • The lemon balm against nervousness, anxiety, stress, insomnia, therefore we find it combined with linden.
  • Fennel is the solution against heartburn, bloating or gas
  • The thyme works very well for gastrointestinal spasms, indigestion, gases, etc.
  • Boldo for constipation or migraines due to poor digestion.
  • Salvia fundamentally for respiratory infections, flu, menstrual pain, although you can find all its properties here .
  • The rosemary is antiespasmótico, for migraines and headaches.
  • The verbena for nervousness, headache or stomach.
  • Lemon grass for nervousness, anxiety, stress, muscle relaxant as well as valerian.
  • The lavender for anxiety, stress, irritability, muscle spasms.
  • Passionflower for nervousness, and works as a muscle relaxant.

You can also make with ginger or cinnamon, ginger water is a very widespread remedy to take advantage of the properties of this root that is so beneficial.

On the other hand, cinnamon also has many properties that you can consult here , especially it is used as an aid to lose weight .

Differences between tea and infusion

Nowadays people have tried to get a lot of juice out of the word infusion and nowadays a multitude of infusions are sold in bags or in bulk with mixtures of herbs with fruits or other spices in order to achieve different tastes and flavors.

The existence in the market of tea with thousands of flavors such as strawberry, orange, cinnamon flavored tea, even the striking infusion of piña colada which is a mixture of ceylan black tea, small pieces of pineapple and coconut slices, make that we have a multitude of alternatives to drink, but we must differentiate between tea and combined infusions, since the infusions are the product of the extract of the herbs with the water but do not contain tea, nor therefore theine.

How to prepare an infusion?

  • Natural water.

  • Leaves, herbs or plants of the chosen infusion.

preparation:

  1. Heat the water until it comes to a boil, without letting it continue to boil for a long time

  2. Put the herbs or plants in a container type glass or teapot.

  3. Pour the water into the bowl and mix with the herbs.

  4. Cover the infusion, it is important to cover it so that the active principles of the introduced plant do not evaporate, it can be covered with the plate that accompanies the container.

  5. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.

  6. Remove the herb envelope or strain if it is plants.

  7. Sweeten if desired. It is better to use stevia , or honey, among the sweeteners these are healthier. If you want to find out what is better to use, we invite you to read our entry : sugar or honey, which is healthier?

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