WARMING ROOTS AND BERRIES TEA
This delicious tea mix has a number of herbs to support your immune system while also warming you up on a cold day! Ginger roots and elderberries are both antiviral and antibacterial, while rose hips and orange peels offer a boost with their high Vitamin C content. This tea is most potent when prepared as a “decoction”- the brew method used by herbalists to prepare woodier plant parts like roots, berries and bark. To brew your tea as a “decoction” simply add 1 tablespoon of herbs to 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once your mixture has begun to boil, cover the pot and turn the heat low to simmer your tea for 20 minutes or longer. This cooking time allows for the herbs to better infuse their medicine into your tea. Feel free to experiment with the quantity of herbs to water to get a ratio that suits your taste.
Use this delicious and potent antiviral remedy at the first sign of a cold or flu, or if you’ve already caught something. This elixir is more effective when taken in frequent small doses, rather than occasionally taking larger dosages. We recommend taking 20-30 drops every couple of hours when your immune system needs some extra help. Finn thinks this remedy tastes so good that they place the drops directly into their mouth, but feel free to also add it to water, juice or tea.
DIGESTION SUPPORT TINCTURE
We’ve included this tincture in your share because this time of year can often bring travel and heavy meals- two things that can be hard on the digestive system. This gentle antispasmodic formula of peppermint, ginger and fennel eases indigestion, gas and bloating and is incredibly effective for nausea. It works well before a meal to get your digestive juices primed, preventatively for motion sickness or at the first sign of tummy troubles. We recommend starting with 15 drops but you can take up to 60 drops if you’re really needing some extra help.
EUCALYPTUS CHEST BALM
Menthol chest rubs are great for breaking up chest and sinus congestion and soothing coughs, but commercially made vapor rubs are often petroleum based and contain synthetically made camphor, not our ideals for rubbing into your skin and breathing in! Our version is made with three simple ingredients- eucalyptus, olive oil and beeswax. We make a strong infusion of eucalyptus tips (the young green branches) in olive oil, and add the beeswax to thicken it and add shelf stability. We don’t add essential oils because eucalyptus plant matter is very potent! Eucalyptus is highly antiseptic, antibacterial, and warming, in addition to alleviating congestion, it can also help to aid the relief of aches associated with cold and flu. Rub this balm into your chest and throat and breathe deeply. Do not apply it to your nose or any mucous membranes!
SOOTHING THROAT SPRAY
This herbal throat spray can sooth a sore throat and prevent you from getting sicker. Our formula contains bee propolis (highly anti-viral), basil (antimicrobial and great for excess phlegm), willow (anti-inflammatory and pain relieving), black sage (astringent, antibacterial and pain-relieving) and our ginger and citrus infused honey (both antimicrobial and soothing.)
Since willow is a blood thinner we do not recommend using this if you have hemophilia. This should also not be given to children with the chicken pox or the flu because of the rare disease of Ray’s Syndrome.
SAGE BATH SALTS
Soaking in epsom salt and sea salt helps your body to relax while removing toxins from your system. Sage is a powerful anti-bacterial herb and adding it to your bath can help keep colds away. Sage is also a plant associated with cleansing in many different traditions and we’ve added some flower and gem essences to the mix to help you let go of what no longer serves you. Simply place salts in your bath as the water is running, using as much or as little as you’d like. We recommend using a drain catcher to gather up the plant material at the end of your bath.
HERBAL STEAM MIX
A facial steam is a simple way to simultaneously clear, cleanse and soothe congestion and irritation in your sinuses, throat and chest, opening up all of your facial passageways and allowing the medicine to absorb directly into the irritated tissue. We’ve included a mix of herbs that are both aromatic and antimicrobial for this purpose. To create a facial steam, boil a quart or more of water in a pot and then turn off the heat, adding some of the herbal steam mix to the pot before covering with a lid and leaving for 5 min. Then place the pot on a table or surface where you can comfortably lean over it. Open the lid (be careful of the initial burst of hot steam) and place a large towel over your head and the pot, creating a tent to trap the steam. Close your eyes and hold your head a comfortable distance from the heat of the steam (typically 8-12”). Breathe deeply through your nose and mouth for 5-10 minutes. Then blow your nose and enjoy less congested sinuses!