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Herbal Infusions are widely popular, offering many health benefits. Some recipes bring infusion to new levels... Like this one!

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When using herbs with psychoactive effects, be responsible:

  • Keep your herbs and all products infused with them, safely out of reach of children.
  • Never serve infused libations or products to guests without their knowledge.
  • Micro-dosing is always suggested, there is no way to predict how any single individual may respond or metabolize high levels.
  • It is not wise to drive, operate machinery, or make any life-altering decisions for at least several hours after you have consumed your herbs and the effects have worn off.
  • If you are intelligent enough to follow the recipes, you are intelligent enough to know better, don't break the law.

Not necessary for most herbs, but...

If you need to decarboxylate, you can do so in your oven or instant pot. I suggest placing the herbs in the bags and do as directed here:

Cinch the herb bag closed, place it inside of a mason jar.

Secure the lid, "finger tight", meaning, as tight as only the force of your fingers will allow. You want to avoid any water getting inside the jar, without torquing it down too hard. Methods vary as you see below:

  1. Place mason jar in a pot of water and boil for 2 hours on the stove, allow to cool naturally before opening.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and heat for 1 hour, carefully remove from heat, allow to cool naturally before opening.
  3. Place in Instant Pot, high pressure 25 min, allow to natural release about 15 min, allow to cool before opening.


When you open the jar, there will be a light aroma from the vapor trapped inside. The herb is now activated.

Some herbs need to be activated beforehand, this is called decarboxylation.

Some herbs need to be activated beforehand, this is called decarboxylation.

What You'll Need

Cloth Teabags or another pouch for easy straining

Cloth Teabags or another pouch for easy straining

herbs of choice

herbs of choice

You can also use Coconut Palm Sugar

You can also use Coconut Palm Sugar

Mason Jars, wide mouth makes everything easier. You will want 16oz jars for infusing, smaller jars may be desired for the finished product.

Mason Jars, wide mouth makes everything easier. You will want 16oz jars for infusing, smaller jars may be desired for the finished product.

Grain Alcohol. 190 if available but the 151 does just fine.

Grain Alcohol. 190 if available but the 151 does just fine.

Now That Your Herbs Are In Your Mason Jar

  1. Fill the Jar with Grain Alcohol
  2. Seal Tight
  3. Shake
  4. Place in a Cool, Dark, Place
  5. Check daily, and shake furiously once a day. for a whole week

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After 1 week:

  1. Remove the teabag, strain into the alcohol mixture.
  2. Pour 1 cup sugar in another mason jar
  3. Pour alcohol mixture into the sugar, just enough to cover the sugar, mix with a spoon making sure the sugar is saturated, but not too swampy.
    If it's too wet, add more sugar, too dry, add more alcohol.
  4. Cover with a coffee filter or paper towel and the ring from the mason jar lid. Place back in that cool, dry spot stir once a day, allow all alcohol to evaporate from the jar. this can take a couple of days to a week or more.

The time it takes will depend on humidity and conditions in your environment, larger batches take longer, if you want it to be faster you can pour the alcohol over the sugar in a glass baking dish, and use a spatula to stir.
More alcohol doesn't 'make the batch stronger, it just makes it take longer to evaporate.


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