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Nourishing herbal infusions + Ball Canning giveaway

As some of you might know from my instagram updates, I’ve been in herb school for the past nine months, which has carved out a special space, or rather, bumped my usual home lifestyle activities. You might have noticed that blogging has taken the backseat while I learn about all the ways we can care for ourselves with plants. I’m swimming in new information and my brain is full to the brim. I’m excited to share with you some the knowledge I’ve gathered over this course from my dear friend (and future business partner!) and herbal educator, Ginger Webb.

Herbs work to the extent that you personally believe in them and make actual connections with plants. If this is all too woo woo for you, then herbalism might not be the path for you. Or give them a shot and don’t write them off as ineffective if they don’t work for you.

Infusions are like making a cup of tea, that’s just really strong and sits infusing for 4 or more hours. We learned about infusions via the the infusions goddess, Susun Weed. Certain herbs are known for their nourishing properties and these herbs in particular are perfect for infusions. I make and drink one daily and I enjoy the ritual and general witch’y feeling of the project.

Infusions are easily absorbable ways to get plant minerals. Minerals from herb infusions go right into your blood stream vs. having to go through gut to enter. The long hot water infusion process brings minerals into suspension which means you are able to absorb them en route to and in your stomach and not after the plant undergoes digestion in the small intestine.

Our main team of mineral rich herbs for infusions includes Stinging Nettle, Oat Straw and Red Clover. These herbs when steeped in an infusion contain protein, macro minerals (calcium magnesium, etc) and trace minerals our bodies need in our over-processed and over-refined world. All of these herbs are safe for children and adults at any point. Mix and blend them or try them individually and switch up your regime each day. Beyond the nourishing factors of this team of herbs, oatstraw has an anti-depressant benefit among many others. Nettle is particularly nourishing to the kidneys and adrenal glands. Red Clover is high in flavonoids, which are anticarcinogenic. I have half-gallon mason jars of each of these dried herbs sitting on my counter for easy access in the morning.

How to Make Herbal Infusions

1/2 oz dried herb

16 oz filtered water

Bring water to a boil and pour over dried herb in a quart sized glass jar. Loosely place lid or plate over the jar and allow to infuse for 4 hours. Strain and refrigerate and/or drink within 8 hours to get the minerals while in suspension. I typically double the batch to drink a quart of infusion daily; I make it in my half-gallon mason jar.

Now, onto some other exciting business. I’m thrilled to partner with Jarden Home Brands, makers of the iconic Ball Canning mason jars, again in offering up a great assortment of their latest collection and new arrivals to one lucky reader. This year’s color release = BLUE! They even have lids to match now.

I adore their new 8oz jelly jars and have coveted old jars I had in this shape. It’s so nice to be able to buy them new now. I use the widemouth half-gallon jar daily for my herbal infusions.

This new lid that comes on a widemouth quart jar is a great way to both pour from and measure out contents of your jars. You could stick it on any widemouth jar, too.

Perhaps most excitingly, you’ll get 4 of each of the new sizes for the blue jars. I use them for an airtight seal with herbs, spices, dry grains, dry goods from the bulk section, dried fruit and so much more in these jars and I love having the blue color in rotation for my reliance upon jars for storage. I of course can and pickle and ferment and these jars are ideal for those purposes as well. I tend to covet my blue ones though and want them in daily rotation vs. squirreling them away in my larder.

How to enter

US Residents only please per Jarden Home Brands shipping restrictions. Please use the widget below for a chance (or 6!) to win the following:

  • Collection Elite Colored Series Jars: For the first time, the Ball® brand has introduced a line of never-before released blue jars in three sizes: Regular Mouth Half Pint, Wide Mouth Pint and Wide Mouth Quart. (4 of each size)
  • Collection Elite Color Series Lids with Bands: To complement the introduction of the Ball® Collection Elite® Color Series jars, new lids and bands in a beautiful metallic blue design have also been released. (1 box regular and 1 box widemouth)
  • Collection Elite Design Series Jam Jar: Discontinued in 2006, the Ball® Collection Elite® Design Series Jam Jar is back this year by popular demand! (4 jars)
  • Pour & Measure Cap: The #2 use for mason jars outside of canning is storage. With the new Ball® Pour & Measure Cap, both dry goods and liquids can be stored and measured with ease. (1 jar with lid)
  • Super-Wide Mouth Half Gallon Jar: The new Ball® Super-Wide Mouth Half Gallon Jar is the perfect vessel for flour, sugar, cookies and more, made with a push-top lid for ideal pantry storage and designed to give you easier access to the contents of your jar. (1 jar)

Good luck and happy infusing!

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Reader Comments (86)

I would be happy to make some herbal infusions in those beautiful jars.

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Veitch

What don't I want to put in the jars ;) Right now...strawberries and vodka!!

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmber O.

I am a fermenter, and I would love to make jar some sauerkraut, or put some pickles in these jars. I also use jars for storage of dry goods and herbs.

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Infusions and ferments are my main agenda this season!
Would love a fresh set of jars to play with in my new ventures!

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

I just discovered your Facebook page today- it's awesome! Looking forward to following you and learning new things! Thanks for all the chances to win great (and useful) products.

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Sutton

This would be a great way to store my grains that I use for bread baking.

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkgmom

What would I put in the jars? What *wouldn't* I put in the jars? I've been using the jars for making my own syrup, ketchup, mustard, jam and pickles. I've been using the jars for beans & grains in the cupboards. I've been using the jars for drying herbs and mushrooms from my garden. I've been using the jars for freezing stocks and pumpkin puree, pasta sauce and pizza sauce. I just got a pressure canner, so guess what I'm doing next!

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWendyP


May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMel

I've been doing canning (real canning!); it's great. I made a jam of Blackberries/Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest/Turbinado Sugar& Vanilla Bean that is exactly what it sounds like and is marvelous. So, I need some more jars.

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMargot C

I'd def. get my lacto-ferment on! That measuring lid is super cool too.

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I want to put fruits and vegetables in these jars.

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Infusions! And dried herbs! And ALL the things! Those jars are beautiful. I'm going to have to hunt down some half gallons.

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

I need to make some more jelly this year and the smaller jars would come in handy for that. I would find use for all!

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRandi Cook

I also love my blue jars and I keep them on the window sills!

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMadeleine

Pickles, apple sauce, salsa

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVivien

I want to put everything in those jars!
Coffee, tea, pickles, tip $ at gigs....

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I would put dried herbs, jams, so much!

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHeather S

I want to be able to use some of your recipes & storage ideas in my own kitchen instead of salivating over Instagram. I also love love love the blue color!

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Fun fun fun! I would make some infused sugars!

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKendra Myers

I can't wait to try these infusions!

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Long

I have been plagued with pantry moths for months now , so these air tight lids would be perfect for my dry bulk storage problem . Somehow, those little moths have been eating through my plastic storage bags, so I need to transition everything into glass jars !

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth


May 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpattyskypants

I would mainly use the jars for ferments. Some would be used for storing dried herbs and leftovers. Imagine going to work and being the envy of all because your lunch is in a blue mason jar.

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha


May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJudith

I would love to win these jars. I am a Mason jar addict, love them for everything! Storing food, for my essential oil recipe lotions, storing marbles, you name it. Love me some Mason Jars.

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMickie

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