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.

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 do. And, it also means that it may take a little longer for the medicine to kick in.

Remember to be patient with natural and herbal remedies.

One of the easiest kitchen medicines is to make 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 and get you started you on the road to recovery.

Here are two easy examples of how to make infusions.

Aromatic Rosemary Infusion

Thyme Tea with Honey and Lemon