Recipe for Nettle and Oat Straw Infusion

Nettle and Oat Straw Infusion

Nettle and Oat Straw Infusion

Oat straw or dried milky oat seed makes a delicious and nourishing herbal infusion, especially when paired with nettles. To make the infusion, place a handful of nettles and a handful of oat straw or seed in a mason jar. Fill with almost-boiling water to the top. Cover and let steep at least four hours or overnight. Strain and heat, or refrigerate to enjoy a refreshing herbal iced tea. Store the remainder in the refrigerator up to three days. Honey added when the water is hot will increase the storage time by a few days.

Nettle and oat straw infusion is a wonderful tonic all year but especially in the spring and fall for seasonal allergies. I have great success using nettles and oat straw tea for hay fever even though many sources will say only the freeze-dried capsules will work (nonsense!). Enjoy! -Jen

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7 Responses to Recipe for Nettle and Oat Straw Infusion

  1. Ashley says:

    Is this drink like a tea?

  2. Hi Ashley,

    Yes, it is a tea. You can drink it warm or iced. Enjoy! -Tree

  3. Barbara Summer says:

    Hello, thank you for the nettle and oat straw information. Why is it important to fill to the top. I am thinking that all that water would dilute the herbs too much. For economy sake is two tablespoons of each enough to make a good tonic? I think there much be something to filling it to the top with water but not sure the reason. And also why to almost boiling vs. boiling? Many thanks in advance. Cordially, Barbara Summer

  4. Hi Barbara,

    You don’t have to fill the jar to the top with water if you don’t want too. It will simply make a stronger tea. But you also mention using a smaller amount of herb for economy’s sake. It’s your choice. Yes, you can make a more dilute tea with less herb. It will still be nourishing.

    You can boil the water or turn off the heat just before it boils. It doesn’t really matter. Some people think that using boiled water gives tea a flat taste from losing the oxygen in the water. It’s a matter of personal preference. Both methods will work.

    Jen

  5. Karee says:

    It looks like you have used a 2 quart jar here, is that accurate? I tend to get a little compulsive about this. Is it about a half cup of each to 2 quarts of water or a cup of each to 2 quarts of water? thanks.

  6. Yes, that is a 2 quart mason jar. If I’m using a 1 quart jar, I simply put 1 small handful nettles and 1 of oat tops. Double that for a 2 quart jar. I never measure, but a standard measurement is 1 ounce herb to 1 quart water. I like to use less than this for daily tonic beverages though.

    Hope this helps and enjoy your nettles! Jen

  7. Chelsy says:

    Do the dried herbs go bad ? I just bought 1 lb, turns out that’s a lot!!

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