E L D E R B E R R Y E L I X I R
Elderberries are antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory and are especially useful in treating lower respiratory issues. Recent research studies have proven what folk herbalists have always known, that elderberries are particularly adept at inhibiting influenza viruses. We’ve found this delicious and potent remedy to be most powerful when used at the first sign of a cold or flu, or at the tail end of a bug that you just can’t shake. This elixir is most effective when taken in frequent small doses, rather than occasionally taking larger dosages. We recommend using 20-30 drops every couple of hours when your immune system needs an extra boost. You can place the drops directly in your mouth or feel free to add them into water, juice or tea.
W A R M I N G R O O T S A N D F R U I T S T E A
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 citrus peels offer a boost with their high Vitamin C content. And burdock is a deeply grounding plant that is also a lymph and liver cleanser. 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.
H E R B A L C O U G H S Y R U P
We’re calling this a cough syrup, but it’s jam packed with a variety of herbs to soothe and stimulate your respiratory and immune system, so it would also help with any throat or lung irritation, and in a pinch could be useful for cold and flu symptoms. This formula has mostly thyme (an powerful antiseptic with an affinity for the lungs) and elderberry (an immune stimulant that is also tonic to respiratory system and mucous membranes), but most of the flavor comes from elecampane (an expectorant that pulls up deep seated respiratory infections). It’s also got mullein and hyssop for additional lung support and Sochan for lymph support to move it all out. And it wouldn’t be cough syrup without a healthy dose of honey and brandy. Take 1TBSP as needed for coughs and throat/lung irritation or up to 3x/day for a cold/flu. Not recommended if pregnant or nursing. Store in the refrigerator and use within 3-4 months.
D I G E S T I V E B I T T E R S
Winter is the season for eating richer fatty foods. Your body needs more healthy fats and other warming foods during the colder months but sometimes fattier foods can be harder to digest. The taste of bitter herbs prepares your gastro-intestinal system (from your salivary glands to your stomach’s digestive enzymes) to start the work of breaking down your meal. You can take 10-20 drops of this formula on the tongue 20 min before a heavy meal, or take 20-40 drops at any sign of digestive upset since this blend can also help with gas, indigestion, heartburn and nausea. Not recommended during pregnancy.
P A I N S A L V E
This salve contains a number of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving herbs that will bring relief to sore muscles and joints while also helping to repair injured tissues. Use it as often as you'd like for sore joints, menstrual cramps, a hurt back, a pulled muscle or other injuries. We recommend deeply massaging this salve into the affected area for quicker pain relief.