Solar & Lunar Infusions

Solar and lunar infusions are believed to harness the power of the sun and the moon to boost the potency of one’s herbal remedies. It can often mean picking the herbs at certain times of the month and then creating medicine from them.

What are infusions?

An infusion is a large amount of an herb or combination of herbs which is steeped in water for a long time. The ratio is 1 cup of dried herbs to about ounces of boiling water, with the infusion steeped in a glass one-quart jar with a lid. For some infusions, the lid will be put on. For others, it will be left off. The infusion will usually be steeped for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Choosing your herbs

Choose herbs you like and use a lot of. Also choose ones you know are effective, because you want to boost their power even more.

Check your calendar

Go to https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ and check the Sun and Moon tab. Add your location so you will get the exact times for starting your infusions.

Find a suitable location

You will need a suitable location for your jar/s so they will be exposed directly to sunlight or moonlight for at least several hours as the herbs infuse. You may have to find a couple of spots that will work well as the sun or moon transit across the sky.

Solar Infusion

For a solar infusion, let it sit in direct sunlight with the jar lid on for at least 4 hours, if not all day. Strain into a clean jar using a wire mesh filter and/or coffee filter, put the lid on, and use as needed for your herbal healing. Compost the used herbs you’ve strained out of the infusion.

Lunar Infusion

For a lunar infusion, let it sit in full moonlight with the jar lid off all night.

Or, let is sit all night under a dark new moon. Strain into a clean jar, put the lid on, and use as needed for your herbal healing.

To keep insects and pollutants away, you might with to cover the mouth of the jar with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Make sure it will not get rained on.

Doing both together

For really powerful infusions, consider doing both together. Start at sunrise and allow the infusion to sit all day and into the night, ensuring it is exposed to the moonlight as well, or the elements in a dark new moon.

Herbs to try

Common infusions with many purposes include:

  • Nettle
  • Yarrow
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile

The resulting infusions should be super potent, medicinal and healing. Be sure to label your jars to make sure you don’t mix up your powerful potions for health and healing.