The Ultimate Cold + Flu Brew

This herbal remedy will rev you back to life.

April 1, 2015
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Making safe and effective herbal medicines at home is an ancient tradition practiced worldwide. In many cultures, everyday ailments have been treated this way for generations. In fact, only recently have medicines not been made in the home. 

This classic DIY blend is comforting and healing during the misery of a cold or flu. It helps lower a fever, removes toxins from your body, fights viral infections, and acts as a decongestant. The recipe is unusual because it calls for simmering flowers to draw out special chemicals that take additional heat to extract and is formulated for fresh herbs. If you need to substitute dried for any of them, just use half the quantity listed.

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4 teaspoons chopped echinacea leaf
4 teaspoons elder flower
4 teaspoons yarrow flower or leaf
3 cups purified water
2 teaspoons peppermint leaf
½ teaspoon stevia leaf (optional), for sweetness

1. Place the echinacea, elder, and yarrow in a saucepan. Add the water and simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat, add the peppermint and optional stevia, and steep the entire mixture, covered, for 10 minutes. Strain and compost the herbs.
3. Drink up to 3 cups daily. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This article was adapted from Grow It Heal It and originally appeared on Rodale News.

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