Healing Herbal Infusions. Book Review.

“Healing Herbal Infusions: Simple and Effective Home Remedies for Colds, Muscle Pain, Upset Stomach, Stress, Skin Issues and More” by Colleen Codekas.  

I like herbs and I do believe that herbs and plants are amazing medicine. As much as I would like to know more and make more of my own herbal infusions, I don’t know much about this process. And maybe also I have this excuse “It is too complicated and too time consuming”. But is it, really?

When I saw the book “Healing Herbal Infusions” I thought it may be perfect publication for me. After reading it and looking at the recipes, I must say it may not  be exactly book for me, but pretty close. And surly there are remedies that I will be making and using.

In fact, I made my first Infusion Basil, Thyme and Oregano Tea for Chronic Pain.

It taste good and it was super easy to make.

Basil, Thyme and Oregano Tea for Chronic Pain.

Let me explain first few things. I am vegan, and I had this believe that making herb infusions will be based on plant based ingredients. Many recipes in the book call for the honey. Balms and other items call for beeswax, but here can be used plant based alternative, f.ex. carnauba wax.

Also, I live in the city, I don’t have garden and I can’t grow my own herbs. I know I can  buy dried herbs, but it may add up in the cost.

And I don’t actually drink alcohol, so some infusions may not be good for me.

I asked the author about my concerns and she was very nice and send me respond:

“The recipes that call for a small amount of honey, you could substitute maple syrup. For the honey infusions and fermented honey recipes there really isn’t any substation that I know of that would be effective. For tinctures that call for alcohol you could either use vinegar or vegetable glycerin.”

So here you have it.

Echinacea Root and Flower Tincture. Image from the “Healing Herbal Infusions” by Colleen Codekas, Page Street Publishing Co. 2018. Photo credit: Colleen Codekas. Illustration credit: Jennifer Anne Nelson.

In the book you can find infusions to boost your immunity, to soothe your aches and pain, to ease your digestion, to nourish your skin, lips and hair. There are also infusions to embrace your inner well-being and more.

At the beginning of the book author gives some tips about herbal infusion and other recipes. She explains how to prepare herbs and flowers for infusion. What are the types of herbal infusions and what equipment may be needed. (Hint- It turns you don’t need anything fancy). Author Colleen Codekas also explains how to use and store our remedies. 

Many recipes actually call for simple, known ingredients, that can be bought in the grocery store. Some recipes call for herbs I actually never heard of. And it would be hard for me to pick it up in the wild, since I am not familiar with all the herbs and plants. But probably I could buy it online or in the herbal store.

Making infusions doesn’t actually take much of our time. After putting together dried herbs into a jar with either hot water, or honey, or some alcohol, etc, basically our job is done. Now we just wait for few weeks for the infusion to become final product.

Making the herbal infusion is actually pretty easy. Maybe preparing the herbs takes some time, and than waiting for the herbs to become our infusion. But there is really not that much work involved.

It is important to know what are benefits of each herbs and how to mix them. And this book is an excellent guide for the reader. On the back of the book are listed the most important medicinal herbs with short description.

The book itself is beautiful and wonderfully designed. There are pretty photographs accompanying the recipes.The directions for recipes are clear and simple.

Feverfew Migraine Preventive Tincture. Image from the “Healing Herbal Infusions” by Colleen Codekas, Page Street Publishing Co. 2018. Photo credit: Colleen Codekas. Illustration credit: Jennifer Anne Nelson.

This is definitely excellent book, that helps to familiarize with the wonderful world of herbs and plants and their amazing properties. As I mentioned at the beginning, only because I am vegan and I don’t use honey, I may use less recipes from the book, but still I will be making infusions for sure, even if I don’t have access to all the plants, flowers and herbs.

I would recommend this book. It is a great guide to world of natural remedies and recipes.

“Healing Herbal Infusions teaches aspiring home herbalists how to create natural, plant-based remedies using simple, straightforward recipes. This book will help you choose the best herbal remedy for a variety of common ailments and issues. As you progress through the recipes, you will find the confidence to achieve optimum wellness for yourself and your family!

Each recipe has been carefully crafted to help you choose the best herbal remedy for you and your loved ones. Whether you or someone in your family is suffering from a common cold or flu, muscle or body aches, migraines or ear aches, upset stomach or heartburn, anxious nerves or insomnia, dry skin or flaky scalp, or even have a baby with diaper rash, this book has an herbal treatment for it, and many more!” – From www.growforagecookferment.com



General rating: ★★★★

Thank you Page Street Publishing Co. for a copy of this book.

 * Disclaimer: The opinion expressed in the review is my own and honest viewpoint. I was not required to write a positive statement.