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Solar and Lunar Tea Infusions

Rosemary Gladstar, a renowned Herbalist, teaches how to make herbal infusions and I want to share that with you. People have been doing this for a very long time. When I was in High School my friend, Karen Nielsen, her mother used to infuse fresh peppermint in water and leave it in the sun. It was so good.

A solar infusion can be made in a quart jar with a tight-fitting lid. Put 4-6 tablespoons of herbal tea or 6-8 tablespoons of fresh herbs into the jar and fill with cold water. Let this infusion sit in direct sunlight for several hours. Strain the herbs or take out the tea bags. Enjoy hot or allow to cool and refrigerate.

To make a lunar infusion use cheesecloth instead of a tight-fitting lid and position in the direct path of moon light. Strain and enjoy the nest morning. Store in refrigerator.

Why bother to drink herbal teas anyhow? Herbs have great nutritional and healing benefits. Healing with medicinal plants is as old as mankind itself. The oldest written evidence of medicinal plants usage was a Sumerian clay slab from Nagpur approximately 5000 years old. It comprised of 12 recipes for drug preparations referring to over 250 various plants. How absolutely amazing!! (Kelly K. History of Medicine. New York: facts on file; 2009. pp29-50). I love this so much.

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