Now is the time to cuddle up with a cup of herbal tea to warm you and keep your immune system strong and steady. Are you ready to receive the potent medicine and sturdy support from healing herbs?
In today's blog and episode of apothecary wisdom, I am sharing with you 4 of my favorite immune-boosting herbal teas for the cold and flu season. I personally formulated these blends for very specific reasons. One is a general immune tea, and the other is to dry up wet coughs, the other is to moisten a dry cough, and the last one is to keep you feeling nourished, strong emotionally, and energetically stable.
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The Art of Brewing
The art of brewing a daily pot of tea is a simple ritual. It's a promise to ourselves to pause, to heal, to recover, and breathe.
To brew a cup of tea is an invitation to connect with our bodies and the four elements - fire, water, earth, air.
Teas are organoleptic; they are sensual. That means they stimulate our senses. We taste the flavor, smell the aroma, see the beauty, hear the sound of the water pouring into our cup, and feel the warmth in our hands. All too often, this simple and rewarding act goes unnoticed, gets forgotten, and replaced by busyness in our lives.
Teas- Infusions- Decoctions
I'd like to give a brief overview of the distinctions between teas, infusions, and decoctions. They are similar, yet the distinctions matter when preparing therapeutic herbal medicine. You want your herbal remedies to be effective. So you need to know how to prepare them properly.
Teas are made with the plant's aerial parts, i.e. leaves, blossoms, seeds, soft stems, and aromatic roots. These plant parts are more delicate and contain volatile oils that are easily extracted by water.
The standard amount for a pleasant cup of tea is: 1 teaspoon of dried herbs or 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs per cup of water. This is the amount of herb contained in a teabag.
To make a medicinal or therapeutic tea:
1 Tbs dried herbs and 4 Tbs of fresh herbs per 8 oz of water. It's more convenient to make a pot of tea or a Quart jar of tea instead of making several cups throughout the day.
To make a quart of medicinal tea:
- add 4-6 Tbs of dried herbs to a quart jar or teapot.
- Fill jar or pot with boiling water.
- Seal jar or pot.
- Let steep 5-10 minutes.
- Strain and enjoy.
Like teas, infusions also use aerial parts of the plants and extract the volatile oils, vitamins, minerals, and other plants' compounds. The length of time you steep the herbs changes the quality of your brew. Infusions are a lot like teas, except that you steep them longer. Here are a few ways to make infusions.
- Add 4-6 Tbs of dried herbs to a quart jar and fill with boiling water.
- Tightly seal the jar.
- Let steep 20-90 minutes.
- Strain, and enjoy.
When you are working with the woody parts of a plant, such as thick stems, barks, hard seeds, and roots, then teas and infusions cannot extract all of the medicinal properties, so you need to make a decoction instead to get those really concentrated, hard-to-extract chemicals from the roots.
- There are a few methods of decocting herbs. Here is how I do it:
- Add the herbs to cold water and bring to a gentle boil.
- Keeping the lid on, simmer 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let infuse or steep 20 minutes or longer.
- Strain, and drink.
4 Herbal Teas for the Cold and Flu Season
Our Herbal Immune Tea blended with Elderberry and Echinacea enhances and supports your body's natural immune function. It is an excellent choice for everyone in the family who is not feeling well. It is safe for pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, and their children during the cold and flu season. Elderberry and Echinacea are famous for their antimicrobial and flu-fighting properties and immune-boosting abilities.
Ingredients: Organic Echinacea, Organic Chamomile, Organic Elder Berries, and Organic Peppermint.
Lung Support Tea is an organic blend of decongestant herbs to help reduce lung dampness and phlegm, promoting a productive cough. A potent aid to support clear and deep breathing. It helps you recover from irritated lungs, whether it's a tickle in your throat or a deep, rattling cough.
Herbal ingredients: Organic Mullein Leaf, Organic Sage Leaf, Organic Yarrow Flowers, Organic Peppermint Leaf.
Roots and Fruits Immune Strengthening Herbal Tea is made with Elderberries and Oregon Grape Root to boost immunity, strengthen the adrenals, and ward off bad bugs. The Licorice in it makes it effective for both dry hacking and deep wet coughs.
Once brewed, Roots and Fruits is a beautiful deep purple tea filled with potent bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, making it a powerful and delicious immune booster for the cough, cold, and flu season!
Proprietary Blend: Organic Elder Berries, Organic Rose Hips, Organic Oregon Grape Root, Organic Licorice Root, & Ginger Root.
Okay, I'll admit, Woman's Balance is not the only tea I'd drink if I were sick with an infection. But it is the tea I'd be drinking if I wanted to optimally support my overall health so I don't get sick as often and so I could recover more quickly. Woman's Balance is a blend of nourishing herbs filled with vitamins and minerals, so you are not depleted. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps maintain homeostasis in your body by balancing hormones, relieving stress, helping you sleep better, and boosting your immune system. I added Echinacea to strengthen your immune system all year long. And the Lemon balm not only supports your mood so you can experience more joy in your life, but it is also a fever reducer and an antiviral herb. The elder blossoms support your immune system and reduce fever. Finally, the ginger helps synergize and energize the blend to absorb the other herbs' therapeutic properties. It promotes digestion, improves circulation, supports immune function, and helps break a fever.
Ingredients: Organic Red Raspberry Leaf, Organic Nettle, Organic Lemon Balm, Organic Echinacea, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Ginger Root, and Organic Elder Blossoms.
I sincerely hope you and your loved ones enjoy good conversations and never-ending cups of herbal tea together. And you stay happy and healthy this cold and flu season. If you do get sick try to see it as an opportunity to strengthen your immune system. You'll come out stronger in the long run. Shifting your perspective helps you recover quicker!
If you'd like to learn more about how to make herbal teas and other herbal remedies, check our free Herbs for Kids Ebook and Online Course.
If you'd like to learn more about bolstering your immune system and how to treat things, coughs, fevers, and earaches, check out our blog and youtube channel.
Until next time my friend! Drink deep and always walk in beauty!