Making Herbal Sore Throat Tea

Herbs before mixing
Herbs before mixing

My sweet little one is not feeling her best today! (She might object to being called a little one – she’s 11 🙂 ). Our family has been struggling with a cold/cough/congestion thing for a few days. We have been taking our silver, eating real food, and trying to get plenty of rest~and I think it has been helping, but now it’s time to attack this bug in another way. I decided to whip up a batch of tea, with herbs that help with health in general and also specifically this cold thing we’re dealing with.

I have made sore throat tea many times before, and I usually vary the ingredients, depending on what I have on hand. One time I used horehound. UGH! Never again. It is so bitter. No one could stand to drink it. I usually use a lot of peppermint, because it tastes good and helps to camouflage the not so delicious ingredients.

Here’s what’s in this batch:

Organic Peppermint Leaves – 3/4 cup

1 tablespoon each of the following:

  • organic yarrow – fights bacteria, expectorant, decongestant Reference.
  • organic mullein – used for congestion, and to sooth sore throats Reference.
  • slippery elm bark powder – used to sooth sore throats Reference.
  • chamomile – calming, immune booster Reference.
  • organic st john’s wort – used for sore throats, sinus infections Reference.
  • organic catnip – used for cough and congestion Reference.
  • organic rose hips – lots of vitamin C, used to treat colds and flu Reference.
  • organic elder flowers – used for colds and respiratory issues, among other things Reference.

To make the tea, I bring about a quart of water to boil, turn off heat, and add 2 heaping tablespoons of the herb mixture. Then I let it steep for about 20 minutes and strain into cups. To serve, I add local raw honey to taste.

Straining the tea
Straining the tea

As you can see, I use organic herbs whenever possible. I think it’s especially important to avoid pesticides in uses where the food is soaked or steeped in water, which allows the chemical compounds in the food to be released.

I will offer this tea to all the sickies in my house about every hour or so. Some of these herbs are not recommended for continual use, so we will use this treatment only for a few days. Hopefully these powerhouse herbs will help somewhat with the illness, but even if their effects are not overwhelming, just having a soothing delicious beverage every hour will help with the morale. 🙂

This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE.  Always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet.

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