How To Make Infusions with Ayurvedic Powders


If you've been following this blog for the past few weeks, you'll have gotten to know a bit about Ayurvedic ingredients.  Amla and Brahmi (post coming up on that soon) have multiple uses for both skin and hair care, and today, we're going to use them to make infusions.

An infusion is quite easy to do and doesn't even call for all kinds of expensive equipment.


Gather Your Gear







You'll need:

  • Demineralized water
  • Ayurvedic powder 
  • Broad-spectrum preservative (an absolute must if you want your infusion to keep! I used a mix of phenoexethynol, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and methylparaben for my infusions)
  • Coffee filters (or cheesecloth/muslin)
  • Sterilized pitcher/large beaker (in which to steep your infusion)
  • Sterilized container (in which to store your infusion)


Measure

For both Amla and Brahmi powders, it is recommended to use 10% powder to 90% water. So, for a liter of infusion, 10 grams of powder to 90 grams (or milliliters) of water


Measure out the powder (as you can see, it doesn't take a lot of powder to create a liter of product).

Place the powder in the pitcher (or container you will be steeping in).
Tip: choose a container you can easily pour from. This will make it easier when it's time to strain.

Measure out a little more than a liter of water and boil it. You'll need a bit more as there is some loss - I added an extra 10 ml. Pour the boiling water over the powder and cover the pitcher. I just used a (clean) plate to cover each container.

Steep



Let steep for 10-15 minutes. Above: Brahmi on the left and Amla on the right.

Filter and Bottle


Filter through coffee filters or muslin/cheesecloth.
Bottle and label - don't forget to keep track of the production date

Next time, we're going to use our infusions!

More About Ayurvedic Ingredients on this Blog

Ayurvedic Powders
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Comments

María said…
Normally I use my ayurvedic powders as a face or hair mask, but despite having heard about infusions (also oil infusion) sometimes I don't make my mind as I'm never she about what is the best method for each herb...
LisaLise said…
Hi María - I agree - it's hard to figure out the best way to use these powders. I plan on trying every different way I can think of to see what works best, what method is easiest to work with and which uses make the best 'formulating sense'. :)
María said…
Hi Lise (sorry for the typo on the comment above, my phone's corrector sometimes drive me crazy).
At the moment I've tried amla, shikakai, aritha (soapnuts powder), cassia (neutral henna) and orange peel powder.
I love them in my hair and face, but I prefer hair. For masks they're great, and also washing with a mix of shikakai and aritha, this leaves my hair so smoooooooooth. However, if you have oily hair, they may not be strong enough for a good wash. For people that like to wash hair everyday, this could be a great idea for a no-poo washing.
LisaLise said…
Hi María - Oooh this is exciting! I just got my first order of orange peel powder and am so anxious to try it. Thanks for sharing your experiences here - it's quite inspiring!
María said…
For a Christmas inspiration you can use orange peel powder with a hint of cinnamon and clove, to use as a soft face scrub. Mixed with clay, is soft enough to use it every day.
Also as face mask for oily skin, just gorgeous :)
LisaLise said…
Hi María - that sounds absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the tip :)
Kathy Wilcox said…
Is it possible to do an oil infusion with these powders? If so, which fixed/carrier oil would you recommend?
LisaLise said…
HI Kathy! My initial reaction is 'anything's possible' but of course you may want to take a look at the solubility of the properties you want to extract. Many plants have both oil and water soluble components. that said, Amla will probably not give you much in an oil infusion as it will in a water-based infusion. I have made successful macerations (oil infusions) with some ingredients that are otherwise mostly used for water infusion. Sometimes, it's just the color or scent I am looking for in an infusion, so it all really depends on what you want to use the infusion for. :)
Valuemama said…
Can I substitute in a recipe an oil for a powder? If my recipe calls for 1 teaspoons of Amla powder or Fenugreek power can I use Amla Oil or Fenugreek oil instead. If yeas about how much would I use? Thank you in advance for you response.
LisaLise said…
Hi Valuemama - it depends on which kind of product you are making and what the other ingredients in the formula are, so I cant answer this without knowing a bit more.
Anonymous said…
Hi Lise. I love your blog - so informative. I've recently launched a small business and am interesting in formulating products with ayurvedic and traditional herbal infusions, oils and powders. Do you know where I can get cosmetic grade ingredients that have the documentation needed for CPSRs and also safety assessors that can assess the products. I have had rejections for including onion seed oil, guava oil and other "food" ingredients although these were actually cosmetic grade. Any tips would be welcome
LisaLise said…
Hi Anon-- Not knowing where you are located on the planet makes this a bit difficult to answer - both as to your regulatory question and as to suppliers and where you can find an assessor. Could you give me your country of location?