Time to Boost Your Immune System

Immune System Boosting Infusion

School is back in session and the weather is changing so it’s time to start boosting our immune system.  You may be tempted to reach for a bottle of chemicals to drown out the symptoms, but we have a better solution.

Back to Nature

Most over the counter cold “medicines” are nothing but a chemical cocktail that masks symptoms long enough for you to start feeling better and pass the bug along to unsuspecting people you run into through out the day.  If only they were forced to advertise it as such.
Since we started our store we have posted a few infusions that you can make at home to remedy certain ailments, but what if you could avoid them altogether?
In a moment I will get to a list of herbs that can be boiled into an infusion that will kick your immune system into gear and help keep you from catching those nasties, or if you do the ailment will not last very long.

Gathering the Ingredients

Today we are making a pretty big batch as we want to have enough to last a while, here is what you want to gather:

  • 56 grams Elderberry dried
  • 28 grams Echinacea Leaf
  • 14 grams Horehound Leaf
  • 14 grams Mullein Leaf
  • 14 grams Licorice Root
  • 7 grams Linden Leaf & Flower
  • 1.9 litres Filtered Water 

When your ingredients are gathered, combine them in a pot, bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  This will need to simmer until the liquid is reduced by about half.
Once the liquid is reduced remove the pot from heat and let it cool completely.  After the infusion has cooled strain the infusion using a mesh strainer, then run through a coffee filter to remove any fine particles left over from the herbs.
The infusion can be a bit bitter, even though we added some licorice root, so adding a little local honey can help make this much more palatable.

Dosage and Storage

One tablespoon of the infusion should be taken one to two times a day, three if you feel like you have been exposed to anything nasty.  The rest can be stored in the fridge and if you have made a lot it can be frozen for future use.  If you do store any in the freezer be sure to let it defrost naturally, never in the microwave or stovetop.

New Herbal Arrivals: Butterfly Pea, Elderberry, and Hawthorn Berries!

New Herbal Arrivals

We are always adding to our inventory and our new herbal arrivals are amazing.

Butterfly Pea Tea

Clitoria TernateaClitoria Ternatea, also known as butterfly pea, Asian pidgeon wings, Shankapushi, and other names, is a flower that grows in tropical Asia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Primarily used in treating neurological issues, especially memory and depression, it has other health benefits that Ayurvedic medicine has benefited from for generations.

Another unique property to this herb is that it will turn any clear liquid blue.  This is very whimsical and can be fun for parties as you can color your drinks naturally.  We added this to some hibiscus tea and it turned a beautiful purple.

Elderberry

ElderberriesLong known for their powerful antioxidants elderberries have been used to boost the immune system, prevent and cure colds and flu, lower cholesterol and more.  These have been a bit difficult to get lately as they have been in large demand due to a powerful flu season.

We like to combine these with other healing herbs to create even more powerful infusions that help everyone get over sickness faster and even prevent getting sick in the first place.

Hawthorn Berries

Hawthorn BerriesHawthorn is a well established mild heart tonic which has been especially useful in treating congestive heart failure.  We have had the cut leaves and flowers in stock for some time which are perfect for making an infusion, but the berries are what you want to use when making a decoction or tincture.