Len and I have been fighting off a cold since about Wednesday this week. It’s very strange to us as neither of us has had so much as a sniffle for over 15 years. We got our flu shot this year, as we do every year, but this time, something is trying to creep in.
We have been having a throat tickle and slight cough, sniffles, and general lethargy all week. So far we haven’t gotten sick enough to really say “I am sick”, so our immune systems seem to be keeping the symptoms to a minimum at least.
Still, it is enough that we need a little support. I tried making a tisane with some echinacea the other day but it does not taste very good, so I went back to the drawing board and came up with this instead (and it tastes much better).
We both had a cup yesterday and it got us through the day. Len even commented that it gave him a ton of energy. He is moving some music equipment down to the basement from the studio and it gave him the power to get it all moved yesterday afternoon. He asked for another cup today as he has band practice.
I chose the following ingredients for their purported properties:
- Respiratory system health, prevents flu, cures sinus infections, strengthens immunity.
- High in vitamin C and nutrients, immune boosting.
- Eliminates toxins, boosts immunity, anti-inflammatory, reduces fever.
- Boost immunity, eases cough, reduces irritation, lowers fever
- Good for sore throats, treats coughs and colds, clears lymph nodes, fights infection, anti-inflammatory
- Opens airways, good for sore muscles, strengthens immunity, fights infections.
- Boosts immunity, eases cough and sore throat, helps adrenals, helps to increase energy
- Anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, eases cough, colds and sore throat.
- For sweetness, but it also is antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, helps improve energy and boosts immunity
- Antihistamine, anti-inflmaatory, suports adrenals, helps heal respiratory ailments
- Just for flavor
Here are the proportions:
Elderberry & Rosehip Immunity Tisane
- rosehips (Crush them a little bit prior to adding)
- Linden Flower
- marshmallow root
- Ginger Root
- Licorice Root
- Cinnamon chips
- Cocoa Nibs
- Pinch of stevia leaf
Boil some water and either toss in a teabag (1 teabag to about 2 cups of boiling water) or if you are using a tea strainer, add about 3 tablespoons of the blended loose herbs to the basket and steep in 2 cups of boiling water for 1/2 hour. Sweeten with honey if desired (but it isn’t necessary isn’t contains stevia).
I made up a little bit extra this time and put it into some tea bags so he can have some when I am working tomorrow