An herbal infusion is a concentrated and highly potent version of herbal tea. Herbs are filled with micronutrients and can be beneficial to overall health especially during pregnancy. One herb that is specifically beneficial in pregnancy is nettle; we recommend that all our clients make nettle infusions throughout pregnancy. Nettle contains calcium and magnesium which all pregnant women need -especially if they are having leg cramps or trouble sleeping.
To make an herbal infusion boil roughly 1 quart of water per 1 ounce of dry herb material. Pour the boiling water over the herbs in a glass jar, put the lid on tightly and let steep for 6+ hours or overnight on the countertop or in the fridge. After steeping, strain out the plant matter and drink 2-4 cups per day either warm or cold. Some people like to add ice, honey, agave or other sweetener to their infusions. Depending on the specific herb and the amount used the infusion may have a very plant-like taste. Infusions will last for about 36 hours in the refrigerator.
There are other herbs that can be beneficial in pregnancy for specific discomforts or needs. If you are interested in other infusions please check with your midwife.