In honor of the Blue Moon last Friday (7/31/2015) we thought we'd kick off our official Kalón Blog by telling you all about Lunar Infusions.
Solar and Lunar Infusions are used to extract vitamins, minerals, tannins, oils, and many of the plant's chemical components. Using natural light is a soft, natural, and organic way to extract many of the good natural healing elements of plant matter, while also capturing solar and lunar energy. And it's not so uncommon, either. Ever had mom's sun tea? You betcha, that's a Solar Infused Tea!
Using the Moonlight as a source for light infusions pulls in the mysterious lunar energies of the night, softly and cooly extracting vitamins, oils, and minerals that the plant matter has to offer. And if you use the right flowers or herbs, it will taste great, too!
Place your chosen herbs in a dry and sterilized clear glass jar. It's best if you can use crystal but a clear glass bell jar will do the trick. You can crush the herbs, or chop them finely, if you want. Coarse chops will work too, but the infusion may not be as strong. Drench the herbs with fresh water and fill up the jar. Do not cover or seal the jar. The best flowers and herbs for infusions are edible herbs and flowers. You wouldn't want to work with anything poisonous or something known to be bad for the body! Some examples of safe flowers and herbs are: Calendula, Dandelion, Snapdragon, Violets, Honeysuckle, Rosemary, Lavender, Basil, Sage, Thyme, Mint.
During a full moon, find a spot that receives maximum light from the moon's rays. You want the area to be brightly lit up by the moon so that the plant matter can absorb the and heat from the moons soft light. Let it sit over night.
In the morning, at first light, take the infusion and strain it through a cheese cloth into a colored glass jar, like brown or blue. You want to this glass jar to be dark so that the sun's UV rays will not affect the potency of the infusion.
Now you have a lunar infusion. You can drink it, use it as a cleanser, or use it as an ingredient in another natural skincare product! Enjoy.