Herbal Preparation and Use - Hot Infusions (Phanta)

Herbal Hot Infusions


One ounce of herbs is mixed with 8 ounces of water (1:8 ratio) for hot infusions. After the water has boiled, the flame is turned off, and herbs are added to the water. The herbs are allowed to steep up between 1/2 hour to 12 hours, during which time their energies are transferred to the water. Then, herbs are strained before drinking the infusion.

Aromatic herbs, non-woody plants, leaves, and flowers are best suited to hot infusion because their energies are easily transferred and would be destroyed through boiling. When a formula requires a mixture of herbs (e.g., roots and flowers), the roots are boiled and the flowers are added and steeped.