How to use culinary infusions as medicine

There is medicine in your kitchen right now!

If you have culinary herbs and spices, you have the ingredients needed to create culinary infusions that can be used medicinally to heal what’s ailing you.

One of the easiest kitchen medicines is an infusion.

An infusion is medicine that is delivered via a liquid (water base). Examples include tea prepared with herbs and spices that have a variety of essential oils. This includes culinary herbs and spices and wild herbs.

Below are five simple infusions you can turn to for the following maladies:

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): to clear upper respiratory congestion and improve memory
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)  to expectorate chest congestion and relieves coughing and bronchial spasms
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum): improves digestion, reduces fever, helps to lift the spirits and relieve depression
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis): remedy for sore throat, laryngitis and tonsillitis, and helps cool hot hot flashes in menopausal gals
  • Cayenne (Capsicum annuum): warms the body and moves the blood, good for treating arthritis and inhibiting the growth of h-pylori bacteria (bacteria responsible for ulcers)

To create any of the infusions above (except the cayenne pepper), use 2-3 tbsp. of fresh herb or 2-3 tsp. of dried herb and pour boiling water on top. Cover and steep 7-10 minutes. For the cayenne pepper infusion you would use 1/4-1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper, cover and steep.

Drink 3-4 cups per day to help alleviate your condition.

Something to keep in mind is that culinary medicine is gentle, but that does NOT mean it is ineffective. Gentle means that it won’t contribute to the many negative side effects that prescription medications does. It also means that it may take a little longer for the medicine to kick in. Remember to be patient with herbal remedies.

Here are two easy infusion examples.

Aromatic Rosemary Infusion

Thyme Tea with Honey and Lemon

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Andrea Beaman is a internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching individuals and health practitioners how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.