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.

Earl Grey with Hibiscus and Stevia

Today’s tea is our organic Earl Grey with a little Hibiscus flower and Stevia leaves.  This blend is not only delicious but Earl Grey has been shown to help fight anxiety and depression while Hibiscus helps with blood pressure, cholesterol, and is a great booster for your immune and digestive system.
As always we love sweetening our tea with just a little Stevia leaf, not extract, so you get the benefit of adding a little sugar without the calories.

Later today we will be getting another shipment which will have Nilgiri and Kukicha Twig teas.  We will also be getting in some other herbs to help you make your own unique and healthy blends.

Cough Remedy and Immune Booster

When our herbs arrived I needed to test out a few things like our scale, bags, and measuring devices.  To accomplish this I decided to make a blend that would hopefully help with our daughters seemingly non-stop cough, you know that one we all get this time of year and none of the cold remedies work?

I sat down with some of our herb books and decided on 3 herbs that would make up the remedy: 2g Galangal root, 1g Mullein Leaf, and 1g Echinacea leaf.   I took this home and simmered it in 473ml of water (that’s about 2 cups) for 5 minutes and then let it rest for another 15 minutes before straining.

The resulting infusion was very pleasing to smell and our daughter gobbled up the spoonful that I gave her without any foul remarks or issues.  That night she was not coughing and when she woke up she was quite chipper.