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.

Hypertension and Mung Beans

Mung Bean Tea

At some point in our lives, a doctor is most likely going to diagnose us with hypertension, pre-hypertension, or any other number of diagnoses that will result in the prescription of any number of drugs that make the pharmaceutical companies rich.
I know this because our latest doctor did just that earlier this year and so did our previous doctor.  This time I decided that I needed to know what the effects of their “medicine” felt like so I did take the prescribed drug for about a week.  The results were even worse than I had anticipated.

The effects of so-called “medicine”


The first thing I noticed was that my energy level was greatly diminished and I felt like I just wanted to stay asleep or lounge about all day.  This was not good, as I need to be alert and active on a daily basis, not an invalid.
Next was the coldness.  Both my fingers and toes became constantly cold to the point that they hurt from it.  The only other time I had experienced cold like this was when I went snow camping and my socks and gloves got wet.
Enough was enough so I stopped taking this awful “medication” before it had any lasting effects and would make me dependant on it for the rest of my life.

Acceptance and solutions

I know that I have slightly higher blood pressure than I should and I even know the varying causes of it.  I have spent the last 6 months testing various remedies to varying success.  Though I do have my blood pressure down it isn’t as far down as I would like to see it, and I’m pretty sure my doctor would like to see it lowered even further.
To reach this final goal I am trying out a remedy from one of my favorite authors, Michael Tierra, which uses Mung beans.  The process of making this tea is very simple and this morning I had my first cup.  The tea itself is very pleasant and refreshing, tonight I will know what the beans themselves are like to eat.
Throughout my use of this remedy, I will be taking my blood pressure once or twice a day to measure the effects and share this with you.  Currently, my systolic blood pressure has been about 150 and I would like to see this come down to around 130.