It is a good idea to keep a jar of this tea in your kitchen cupboard through out the winter especially when it is a cold/flu season. Even my kids likes the taste of it especially if I add enough peppermint to it. I got this recipe from one of the books by Rachel Weaver M.H. who has been my inspiration and motivator about going healthy!
- Red raspberry leaf (dried)-3cups
- Elder Flowers-1/4 of a cup
- Boneset-1/4 of a cup
- Yarrow Flower-1/4 of a cup
*I used a 1 cup measurement because I like to have a lot of it handy…
3 parts of red raspberry leaf-anti flu,
1 part-peppermint-circulatory enhancer, flavor aid,
1 part-nettles-strengthens the immune system,
1/4 part-Elder flower-immune system,
1/4 part-Boneset-fever breaker
1/4 part-Yarrow flower-fever breaker
1/4 part-Alfalfa leaf-immune system
Mix it all together and keep it in a jar, and your cold/flu tea is ready for brewing!
Pour a quart of boiling water (4 cups) over a 1/2 or 1/4 cup of Cold/Flu tea and let it sit for about 10-15 min. But there really isn’t an only way. I don’t even measure how much of a tea I put in to brew per quart, work with what ever taste you like better!
When you feel like you are about to get sick or beginning to, brew it in a teapot and drink, drink, drink. You can sweeten it with red raspberry jam, or honey, or just drink it as an ice tea! If I am really sick I prefer drinking it with a raspberry jam. I noticed that when we drink this tea, it truly helps us fight that nasty cold that most of us are getting once in a while.
P.S. I gotta say that if you keep yours in a glass jar it will help the tea stay fresher and flavorful longer. I am still planning on making that transition!!!
Where To Buy Herbs:
I buy herbs mostly online at mountainroseherbs.com and sometimes at the local store. Huckleberry’s Natural Markets in Spokane, WA might have some herbs for this tea as well.
*If you know that you are or might be sensitive to any of the herbs above please don’t drink this tea, and consult your PCP. 🙂