Cold and Flu

Cold & Flu Tea

2 part Elder Flowers
2 part Peppermint
2 part Yarrow
2 part Boneset
1 part Meadowsweet
1 part Catnip
1/2 part Ginger

To calculate proportions in the recipe, choose a part such as 1 tablespoon, or 1/8 cup then simply combine the required parts and blend well.

Preparation: Using one tablespoon of the herbal formula per cup of water, pour boiling water over the herbs, cover, steep for ten minutes then strain. Drink the tea while it is hot for maximum effect.

Coughs - Bronchial Formula

1 part Elecampane
1/2 part Coltsfoot
1 part Mullein leaf
1/2 part Usnea
1 part Marshmallow
1/4 part Osha
1/2 part Echinacea

Preparation: Choose a part and combine the required proportions of the herbs together and mix well. This formula is best prepared as a tincture but can be prepared as a tea as well. You may want to increase your dosage of Usnea in addition to the amount provided in this formula, especially if you are preparing the Bronchial Formula as a tea because the usnic acid does not dissolve well in water.

Dosage is 30 drops 3 times per day, or up to 4 cups of tea per day using 1 tablespoon of herb per cup.

The expectorant cough syrup is a pleasant way to take your herbs or administer them to children. You can alter this recipe to include herbs to treat other symptoms if you like.

Sore Throat Gargle

Put two cups of water into a saucepan and bring to boil. Remove from heat and add 5 heaping tablespoons of Calendula flowers (fresh or dried). Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth and use as a gargle for sore throat while the liquid is still warm.

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