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This story originally published on TCM in 2017, but we loved it so much we decided to bring it back.

Sip on This. We nearly broke the internet with this herbal beauty infusion a few months back, but the versatility of herbal infusions go far beyond skincare alone.

We recently visited breathwork healer and TCM regular, Ashley Neese at home. Our Facebook Live conversation on mindful living was fascinating. We felt totally inspired after rifling through her kitchen cabinets filled with dried herbs. Ashley shared how she used each herb at different times in regular tea infusions. Everyone is different, and selecting herbs should a careful and thoughtful process. Here are a few herbs Ashley uses regularly and why…

Immune Support Infusion: Ginger with elderberry.

Fertility Infusion: Alfalfa, oat straw, raspberry leaf and dandelion.

Sleep Infusion: Valerian with passion flower and lemon balm.

Note: Herbal infusions are made in a similar way as loose leaf tea. In general, most herbs can be steeped (for roughly four hours) in a jar of gently boiling water, and chilled to enjoy throughout the day.

6 Herbs To Infuse + Their Benefits

Alfafa

Loaded with vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as digestive enzymes and trace minerals.

Raspberry Leaf

Supports the uterus, is high in magnesium and potassium, and increases fertility.

Oat Straw

Nourishes the nervous system, restores calm and balance when stressed.

Ginger Root

Immune building, digestive aid, warming, reduces inflammation.

Dandelion leaf

Supports kidney health, strengthens immune system, balances blood sugar.

Valerian Root

Great if you’re going through a rough patch with sleeping. Used for insomnia. Promotes falling and staying asleep. It also supports anxiety and pain relief. Very bitter on its own!


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