Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Iced Tea from Sage Hill Botanicals

Peppermint tea is a refreshing herbal tea that can be enjoyed hot or iced. This is not the white and red candy loaded with sugar. This recipe refers to the peppermint plant. It has been used traditionally in almost every country for a wide array of problems. The most common are:

  • Colds
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Upset Stomach or Indigestion
  • Headache
  • Sinusitis
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pain

Get The Recipe

Peppermint tea is very easy to make and its benefits are many, and it tastes, well, minty. Want a single cup or 2 quarts for the family, get the recipes below.

Single Cup Recipe


1 tablespoon dried crushed peppermint leaves, or 2 tablespoon chopped fresh

1 cup very hot water (not boiling)


Place peppermint leaves in an infusion cup or a regular cup. Pour hot water over herbs, cover with lid or saucer, and steep for 10 minutes. Strain out herbs, add lemon or lime (opt.), and add a sweetener, such as honey, stevia, or sugar (opt.)

Enjoy hot if you’re feeling ill. But for a cooling refreshing drink, pour over ice.

2 Quart Recipe


1/2 cup dried crushed peppermint leaves, or 1 cup chopped fresh

2 quarts very hot water (not boiling)


Place peppermint leaves in an teapot or pot. Pour hot water over herbs, cover with lid, and steep for 10 minutes. Strain out herbs, add lemon or lime (opt.), and add a sweetener, such as honey, stevia, or sugar (opt.)

Enjoy hot if you’re feeling ill. But for a cooling refreshing drink, pour over ice.

Of course, if you’re not feeling well, please see your doctor. Do not drink peppermint if you are allergic or sensitive. Use with caution if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avocado Toast

Avocado are a healthy snack or can be added to your lunch menu.  Avocados are loaded with nutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin A. Avocados are also a good source of dietary fiber, which helps reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, according to the California Avocados website.

Avocados are also a great source of nutrients, including: 

  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
  • Vitamin C

Because they are so high in calories, consuming them in excess could add extra calories, which may cause weight gain if they’re not compensated for elsewhere in the diet.

This is a simple recipe I use once a week on whole wheat toast or it can be stuffed in a whole wheat pita.


  • 1 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cherry or 2 small Roma tomatoes, chopped (opt.)

In a small bowl, combine avocado, lemon or lime juice, salt, and pepper. Gently mash with the back of a fork. Stir in tomatoes.

Top 2-3 toasted whole wheat bread with avocado mixture. Drizzle with olive oil and add desired toppings on top. Yields 2-3 Servings. Serve with a salad, with an egg, or as a dip with chips.

Topping Options:

Soft boiled or poached eggs (one on each toast), tuna salad, sprouts, red pepper flakes, nuts, seeds, or dried herbs such as marjoram, basil, oregano, parsley, and chives.

Be Creative

Herbal Oats

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, I’m not one to eat a big meal so early in the day, so oatmeal is a great choice. This is my favorite way to enjoy healthy oats.

Good for your heart and digestive system.

Oats with slippery elm bark and flax seeds



Cook on med heat until creamy, usually 10 minutes. Reduce heat if it boils too much. Remove from heat and pour in your favorite bowl.

Top with brown sugar, cinnamon, berries, or whatever you wish. I like a sprinkling of brown sugar.

This is for one serving but can be easily increased.

Hot Cocoa Mix

Mix a batch or two of our delicious Hot Cocoa. You’ll want to keep this mix on hand for your family and visitors. Easy to make!

2 cups Confectioners Sugar
1 cup Dutch Processed Cocoa
1 teaspoon Salt (Do not skip this ingredient! Himalayan salt is great to use)

Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a large bowl.
Sift the cocoa powder into a large bowl.
Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder. Add salt. Mix.
Now sift the mixture again in a large bowl.
Store in an air tight container. I highly recommend mason jars to store it.
Shake before using each and every time.
Serve with hot milk, or water, or even coconut milk to make a fabulous mug of Hot Cocoa.

How to use:
Use 1/4 cup dry mix to 3/4 cup milk.
May add whipped cream, red pepper, cinnamon stick, marshmallows, crushed peppermint candy, etc.

Ginger Syrup

Just the name, Zingiber Officinale promises a great surprise.  But, it’s no secret that ginger works well for motion sickness. But, there’s must more to this rhizome than you think.

Ginger is one of the most ancient spices worldwide. It has become well-known for its health benefits, which include its ability to boost bone health, strengthen the immune system, increase appetite, prevent various types of cancer, improve respiratory conditions, aid in digestion, eliminate arthritis symptoms, reduce excess gas, enhance sexual activity, and relieve pains related to menstrual disorders, nausea, and flu.

Personally, I take ginger for nausea, and for stomach upset.

You can make ginger tea, but I much prefer ginger syrup.  It’s so easy to make with just a few ingredients.

How To Enjoy Ginger Syrup

  • In warm tea in place of your regular sweetener
  • Make ginger ale with 1 tbsp of syrup and seltzer, club soda, or sparkling water, and add fresh lemon or lime
  • Over pancakes or waffles
  • Over ice cream
  • Drizzled on pie
  • In plain yogurt
  • In cooked oatmeal
  • Over pastry
  • Drizzle on fruit salad
  • In place of fruit juice to proof yeast. Dilute several tablespoons of syrup in a cup of lukewarm water.
  • In beverages
  • In salad dressing
  • Sauces
  • Marinades
  • Combine with lemon and thyme and use as a glaze on chicken before roasting
  • Baked with winter squash

Making your own ginger syrup is easier than you think.


1/4 cup peeled, chopped fresh ginger OR 1/8 cup dried ginger

1 cinnamon stick, 6 inches or 1 teaspoon cinnamon chips (opt.)

1 cup distilled or filtered water

1/2 cup local honey

glass bottle (like this one)


  1. Fill a pot with the water, ginger, and cinnamon stick, and heat on high until the water boils
  2. Turn heat on low, cover pot, and simmer for 30 minutes
  3. Turn off heat and let cool to warm
  4. Strain the ginger through a strainer or cheese cloth, squeeze all the goodness out
  5. Add honey and stir
  6. Pour in to a bottle and store in the fridge
  7. Take a teaspoon (children) or tablespoon (Adults), or add to tea or water

You can double this recipe for even more syrup to cook with. 

If this syrup is for children under 1, please use sugar instead.

Garlic Onion Honey, Cold and Flu Cough Syrup

Garlic, onion, and honey are a powerhouse of combined healing naturals.  When you feel a sore throat,  cold, runny nose, and body aches coming on, your immune system is probably running on empty.  You can mix up this easy remedy for fast relief.

This syrup is all natural, and it tastes yummy too.

All you need are three ingredients:

  • 1 small yellow or white onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • local honey

Place the peeled and chopped onion and garlic cloves in a glass jar that has a lid.  Pour honey to cover the other ingredients.  Cover with lid and leave out on the counter overnight. This is a great project to do right before bed.


  • If you’re having nausea or upset stomach too, add an inch of fresh ginger.  Peel and chop in small pieces and add to the mixture.
  • I heard that you can add a cinnamon stick, but I haven’t tried it.
  • A few whole cloves

In the morning, give the jar a good shake.  You can remove the onion and garlic pieces if you wish, but I leave mine in.  I even eat them, they taste delicious. Add a tablespoon to your tea if you don’t mind the taste.



A well-known natural remedy for colds and flu.  Garlic has strong antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.  This means that garlic is a natural antibiotic and will help you stop coughing.  Its oil will also help open up your respiratory passages and can even help lower your fever.

Garlic is good for just about everything, and when it comes time to build immune strength and fight off colds and flu.  It is also a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-coagulant, antiviral, and also boosts blood circulation.  Garlic does all this without creating bacterial and organism resistance.  It’s been used as a gentle, persistent healer for thousands of years.  Use on a regular basis, not just when you’re sick.


It’s many properties include working to reduce inflammation, preventing and helping to resolve diarrhea, improving circulation, liquefying mucus, and purifying the blood.

It also helps relieve flu symptoms including coughs, congestion, respiratory infections and bronchitis.  Use onion on a regular basis too.


Honey makes a wonderful cough syrup all by itself.  It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it is often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines.  Honey soothes and calms a sore throat, builds the immune system, and provides needed vitamins to restore your health.

As you probably already know, it’s tastes so good.  It’s best to use only local honey, because it will counter pollen allergies.  Honey is also a natural sleep aid, so when you’re sick you need extra sleep.


Combining garlic, onion, and honey we get a natural remedy for bacterial infection.  Get well soon!


For adults to age 12, 1 tablespoon 3 times daily, but if really sick, up the dosage to 1 tablespoon every 2 hours.  For children under 12, use 1 teaspoon instead at the same times as above.

You can add your “medicine” to your warm tea if you have trouble taking it from a spoon.


Honey should never be given to a child under the age of one.  Also, remember honey is a sweetener, so be careful if you have diabetes.


You can leave your syrup on the counter, but to be on the safe side, store in the refrigerator and use within a few weeks.


Spread this syrup on ham or roast before baking! Yum!!!

Black Nettle Syrup

I make this dark healing syrup for myself, for two reasons.  First, I suffer from anemia.  My iron levels, Vitamins B12 and D are often low.  Second, I have allergies.  Nettles (Stinging Nettles) help both of my problems in one delicious syrup.  And with the added Black Strap Molasses and honey, I receive even greater benefits.

Low energy and fatigue are my number one problem with the anemia.  When I get “down”, I take a teaspoon everyday of this marvelous syrup.  And, it works wonders for my allergies too, you know, itchy eyes and throat, etc.

This easy to make syrup may help you with:

  • low energy levels, fatigue
  • poor immunity
  • anemia
  • dysentery
  • inflammation and fever
  • detoxification
  • rheumatism and arthritis
  • bleeding
  • tissue regeneration
  • hair loss
  • coughs
  • asthma
  • stress

So, here’s my recipe…

Black Nettle Syrup

  • 1 cup dried Nettle leaves, or 2 cups fresh leaves
  • 1/8 cup Black Strap Molasses
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 2 cups distilled water


Combine Nettles and water in a pot.  Bring to a slow boil, and reduce heat to lowest setting.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  You’ll get a lovely dark color extracted from the nettles.  That’s your healing vitamins and minerals!

Strain out the nettles through a cheesecloth or a piece of cotton muslin like I use.  Return the nettle water to a clean pot.

Add the molasses syrup, and simmer uncovered for another 30 minutes.  Remove from heat, and cool to a warm temp.

Add the honey to 1 cup nettle/molasses syrup (you may need to add a little water) and mix well.  Do not add honey to hot syrup, it will destroy the healing benefits.

Bottle the syrup in your favorite glass container, and refrigerate for up to three months.


Eat a spoonful a day, every morning on an empty stomach for 3 weeks, and you will notice how this ritual will improve your overall well-being each day. You can soon expect to feel more energetic and focused. And if you’ve been experiencing joint pain or coughs before taking this syrup, you’ll notice how these symptoms will be significantly reduced. You can add this to warm water if you wish.

Ingredient Benefits

You may experience these wonderful improvements while taking this syrup that you’ve just created.  Remember, each person is different, so you may or may not receive the benefits listed below.


  • benefits the endocrine system
  • stimulates the libido
  • rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
  • improves circulation
  • helps treat throat infections
  • kills parasites
  • boosts immunity
  • protects against cellular damage
  • promotes feminine health
  • improves skin and hair
  • increases energy levels


  • natural energetic
  • antiseptic properties
  • strengthens the immune system
  • effectively treats coughs
  • improves cholesterol levels
  • helps lower blood pressure
  • promotes heart health
  • helps digest stored fat
  • improves the skin
  • reduces gastrointestinal disorders
  • regulates blood sugar levels

Black Strap Molasses

  • antioxidants
  • prevents Menstrual Cramps
  • Manages Weight
  • Improves Sexual Health
  • Treats Constipation
  • Keeps Bones Healthy
  • Treats Rheumatism
  • Manages Diabetes
  • Prevents Hypokalemia
  • Relieves Acne
  • Speeds up Healing
  • Increases Red Blood Cell Formation
  • Maintains Hemoglobin Levels
  • Promotes Growth
  • Maintains Healthy Nervous System
  • Prevents Headache & Fatigue
  • Treats Cancer
  • Hair Care

37 Herbal Remedies For Colds and Coughs

It’s a fact of life, everyone gets a cold sometimes.  Along with colds comes cough, chest congestion, sinus infection, headache, body aches, stomach aches, and other complaints.

You could reach for over the counter drugs, or better yet, try some of the herbal remedies listed in this post.  If you can make a tea, than you can use herbs to heal yourself or a loved one.

When I have a terrible sore throat. One of my favorite hot drinks for sore throat is Marsh Mallow Root decoction.  It not only soothes my throat, but it calms my esophagus, stomach, and urinary tract.  It takes a little longer to make, but so worth the trouble.  I also love a Sage Tea gargle.

Learn to make a decoction here.  Making a great cup of tea is super easy, and I bet you already know how.  Place your loose tea or tea bag in your favorite cup.  Pour very hot, not boiling, water over the herbs.  Cover with saucer, steep for 5-10 minutes, remove herbs, and enjoy your healing experience.

You can add lemon, honey, and/or Stevia (no sugar please) for a even better cup of tea if that’s possible.

There are other ways to enjoy your herb remedies. Children often don’t like a tea, but a syrup is easier for them to take.

Herbal Syrups

Syrup Recipe

Warmed herbal decoction or tea (see above) Raw honey or sugar (don’t use honey if child is under 2) Sterilized, dry jars and lids

  • Begin with an herbal decoction or tea that has been reduced to about 1/2 to 1/4 of the original amount
  • Strain tea well
  • Add three times as much honey (in volume) to a double boiler (or something you have fashioned yourself that acts like a double boiler). For example, if you have 1 cup of tea, combine this with 3 cups of honey
  • Heat gently, avoiding a simmer or boil
  • Stir into the tea until it is completely incorporated
  • Divide smaller portions into sterilized jars
  • At this point, you can add tincture if desired, cap jar, and shake it to infuse the added medicine
  • Store in refrigerator
Elderberry Syrup

Get our recipe for Elderberry Syrup HERE

Herbal Honey

Herbal Honey

One cup raw honey 1/4 cup dried powdered or chopped herb.  Sterilized, dry jar and lidPlace honey and herbs into sterilized, dry jar and place into a double boiler over low heat.Heat for 15 to 20 minutes, being sure not to let the honey boil or scorch.  Stir, then remove from heat and cool.  When completely cooled, seal and store.Honey can be used immediately, but for a stronger honey, leave plant material in honey for  two weeks before using.  If you used chopped herbs, you can strain the herbs out if you wish.  Place the jar of honey and herbs in a bowl of very warm water, pour through wire strainer when the honey has thinned.Can be added to other hot drinks for honey.

Steam Inhalation

Steam Inhalation

4 cups of water Herbs of choice: thyme, rosemary, sage, etc. Large towel, a large heat proof glass or ceramic bowl, add a generous handful of your herb(s)  of choice.Pour the boiling water over the herbs, place face above bowl, and quickly throw towel over head. Use caution: start high above bowl to avoid burning face.  Keeping eyes closed, inhale the steam for approximately 10 minutes or more.


There are great recipes for making elderberry and other wines.  Or you can simply steep herbs in wine for a few days, strain, and drink.


Fresh Elderberry, other berries like strawberries, make great juices.  Use a juicer to extract the healing juices from your favorite fruits and vegetables.  Juice is easy to swallow with your throat is sore and easy to digest when you’re not feeling your best.  Juice can warm or cold for a healing experience.

Jam and Jelly

Jams and jelly is an easy way to take berries and herbs.  Mint jelly is very tasty, but remember they’re made from sugar, and may not be a good idea while you’re sick.  I think a honey syrup would be better.


An ointment can be made by mixing an essential oil like Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Lavender with an carrier oil like Olive, Coconut, or Sweet Almond oil to make an ointment to rub on stuffy chests or achy joints.  You can also infuse herbs in these carrier oils and many other oils.


A herbal tea like Sage, or a diluted tincture like Echinacea or Sage can be placed in a spray bottle and sprayed onto the throat.


Throat lozenges or drops can be made from herbs such as Horehound or Echinacea for a sore throat or a immune builder.  There’s lots of herbs you could use.

Powdered Herb Pastilles


Easy to make pastilles are powdered herbs and honey.  Mix your powdered herb or herbs and add honey a little at a time until the herbs are moist and forms a ball.  Roll into small balls and lay on wax paper to dry a few hours.  Store in container.  If they are still damp, you can roll them more herb powder or cinnamon powder is great too.

Pill or Capsule

Any herb can be made into a pill or capsule.  To make a pill, mix powdered herb with honey until damp, roll in small balls, and enjoy one a few days a day.  Remember, no honey for children under two.  To make a capsule, pack powdered herbs into a vegetable gel cap.


Any herb can be ground and mixed with honey, or simply mixed with warm water and drank.  You can also sprinkle over food or mix in a smoothie.


Fill the clean glass jar about ½ full with dried herbs (be sure not to pack the herbs down).Pour boiling water over the herbs just to get them wet (this will draw out beneficial properties of the herbs.Fill the remaining part of the jar with alcohol or apple cider vinegar and stir with a clean spoon.Place the lid on the jar and store the jar in a cool and dry place.  Shake the jar daily for at least three weeks but up to six months.Strain the liquid through a clean cheesecloth.  Label your jar, so you know what is in it.  Store the tincture in a clean glass jar in a cool location. If you use apple cider vinegar, store the tincture in the fridge and use within six months.Angelica Root – is warming and stimulating to the lungs, helping to ease chest congestion.  It is also an excellent herb for digestive problems that often comes with colds.  It settles a nervous stomach and calms tension.  Make a decoction using one teaspoon dried herb and drink warm.  Add honey, ginger, cinnamon, and/or lemon to improve taste.  Avoid if pregnant.

Pick Your Favorite Herb

Astragalus Root –  builds the immune system, and is often blended with other immune system enhancing herbs.  Make a decoction using one teaspoon dried herb, and drink warm throughout the cold and flu season.  You can drink up to 3 cups a day to improve immune system.  Avoid if on blood thinner.

Catnip – is a gentle but potent sleep-inducer that calms without affecting you the next day. At the first sign of a cold, drink a warm cup of catnip tea, and bundle yourself off to bed. Catnip soothes the nervous system and can safely help get a restless child off to sleep, in fact catnip, along with chamomile, is one of the most often recommended herbs for use in children’s complaints.  Catnip is a gentle but potent sleep-inducer that calms without affecting you the next day. One teaspoon to one cup warm water for adults, ¼ teaspoon for children.

Chamomile – it has natural soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, so it helps soothes coughs. It’s also helpful to add chamomile to your syrup because its natural calming capabilities, to help you sleep better while getting over your cough.

Cinnamon – makes a great tasting tea alone or added to almost any herbal tea blend for its spicy, warm properties. The addition of honey brings out the organic sweetness of the cinnamon and complements the antibiotic healing for colds, sore throats, and other viral infections.  Chips or sticks works best and use in any tea or decoction.  Stir your drink with a cinnamon stick.

Colt’s Foot – great for winter coughs and colds.  Make a tea using one teaspoon, add honey and/or lemon for a most effective drink.  You can add marshmallow for sore throat, and anise for cough and congestion.

Dandelion Leaves and Roots

Dandelion Root and Leaves – have a cup of tea or decoction when suffering from a cold or the flu.  It may bring strength, nourishment and vitality when you most need it.  It’s rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper and calcium among other minerals. It also contains bitter glycosides, tannins, triterpenes, inulin, sterols and carotenoids.


Echinacea – start using at the first sign of a cold for one to two weeks.  It shortens your cold and builds your immune system.  Make a tea, decoction, or tincture.  Echinacea should not be given to children under 12, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and people taking immunosuppressants or with progressive systemic diseases like tuberculosis or multiple sclerosis or autoimmune conditions should consult a doctor before use.

Elderberries or Blackberries – are an excellent general immune system booster. Elderberry has been shown to be a safe, efficient and cost-effective treatment for cold, flu, and sinus symptoms for thousands of years.  If taken at first sign of a cold, it can shorten the duration 4 to 7 days.  Can be used as a tea, wine, juice, jam, syrup, ointment, spray, lozenges, pill or capsules, or powder.

Elecampane root –  a natural expectorant, perfect for wet phlegmy coughs that produce thick yellow or green mucus. Also, great for bronchial and sinus infections that are producing colored phlegm.

Eucalyptus – provides healing benefits due to it being naturally anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and a natural decongestant. It’s especially helpful for respiratory infections. Make a natural steam inhalation to help clear out the sinuses and respiratory tract using the essential oil.  Drinking eucalyptus tea has been found beneficial for sore throats, colds and flu. When the warm tea, applied as a compress, is effective in treating aching muscles and stiff joints. Never ingest the essential oil.

Garlic – has been used for centuries for all sorts of cold and flu symptoms as a natural antibiotic. Not only will garlic help boost your immunities, it is a drying herb and an expectorant, making it great for wet coughs that are producing a lot of phlegm.  It best to buy fresh garlic, or better yet, grow your own. Ginger Root –  a warming herb that has been shown to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, boost your immunities, even help to relieve coughs and sore throats, and makes your stomach feel better too. Add dried ginger to all cold syrups, take capsules, and use fresh ginger in cooking.

Goldenseal – a good choice for the later stages of a cold or flu, if a secondary bacterial or fungal infection of mucus membranes sets in, such as a sinus infection.  It has numerous uses that are attributed to its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It soothes irritated mucus membranes aiding the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Taken at the first signs of respiratory problems, colds or flu, Goldenseal can help to prevent further symptoms from developing. It has also been used to reduce fevers, and relieve congestion and excess mucous.

Horehound – a cough and cold remedy as well as a bitter tonic, stimulates digestion, easing bloating and gas, a potent pain reliever, a nervous system stimulant, and an expectorant.  Use as tea, syrup, and drops.  Remember those brown drops?

Hyssop –  a wonderful addition to any cough syrup. It’s natural abilities to cool and moisten, makes it great for dry unproductive coughs. It’s also a great herb to help relieve pain from sore throats.

Juniper Berries – help clear congestion so are often included in cold remedies to relieve congestion and improve breathing.    Try cooking with them instead of a tea.  Not for use during pregnancy or where there is kidney disease. If your urine smells like violets, you have been using the herb too long. Continued overdose can cause kidney irritation and blood in the urine. Use juniper berry essential oils in external applications only.


Lavender – contains compounds that are antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal, which means it kills and inhibits germs and viruses. You can use the flower buds in your bath or make a small bag to tuck inside your pillow to help you sleep and kill germs.  You can use the essential oil in your bath too, or in a diffuser.  Diffuse it into the air to clean and purify the air and stop those airborne germs. Lavender also helps to uplift the mood and boost the immune system.

Lemon Balm –  is anti-viral, so the tea is great to drink if you’re feeling under the weather. The hot tea brings on a sweat that is good for relieving colds, flus and fevers and an anti-viral agent has been found that combats mumps, cold sores and other viruses.

Licorice Root – a mucilaginous herb that helps to soothe inflammation, it is great for all sorts of coughs. Its mucilaginous properties make it great for dry irritated membranes, while it’s also a natural expectorant, making it great for helping rid a wet productive cough of all the phlegm.  Use in syrups to help sweeten the flavor due to some of the bitter tasting herbs that many syrups contain.

Linden – leaves, stems, and flowers are used for colds, stuffy nose, sore throat, breathing problems (bronchitis), headaches, fever, and to make it easier to bring up phlegm by coughing (as an expectorant).  See your Dr. if you have heart problems before using Linden.

Marsh Mallow Root – its mucilaginous and anti-inflammatory properties make marshmallow root great for dry inflamed throats. It is wonderful to soothe sore throats and dry irritating coughs, including bronchitis.  Can be mixed with other herbs to make cold remedies.

Meadowsweet –  While not as potent as willow, the salicylates in Meadowsweet give it a mild anti-inflammatory effect and ability to reduce fevers during a cold or flu. Has the same sensitivities as aspirin.

Mullein Leaf –  known to be both antispasmodic and a great expectorant, making it a great remedy for deep wet coughs and spastic coughs. Mullein leaf is very effective at fighting an infection and reducing pain as well.

Myrrh – used as a gargle, the essential oil in warm water is good for coughs, sores, and the common cold. It fights the viral infections that can cause them, as well as relieves congestion and reduces the deposition of phlegm in the lungs and respiratory tracts.  The gum may be burned as an incense to clean and purify the air.  Myrrh is mentioned in the Bible several times.

Onion –great for all sorts of cold and flu symptoms, used for centuries to help clear a room of germs when people are ill, and an old remedy for coughs, colds, ear infections and more. With natural antibacterial and expectorant properties, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties, onion is a great addition to any cough syrup.  Chop an onion, place in jar, pour honey to cover, leave overnight and enjoy a tablespoon of onion honey several times a day.  Never give honey to children under two.  You can buy onions or best yet, grown your own.

Peppermint – the smell alone refreshes the spirit.  The first herb of choice for treatment of colds and flu because it acts to relieve multiple symptoms at once: congestion, headaches, muscle aches, nausea and fever. You can drink a hot cup of peppermint tea, diffuse the essential oil in the sick room to ease the breath and kill germs, and use the essential oil a carrier oil in chest and throat massages. Peppermint also makes a good additive for a foot bath and tub.

Pine – essential oil is used for cough and cold  in a diffuser, or in ointment.  Combine with eucalyptus and peppermint oils for acute cold and nasal inflammation.  Place fresh pine needles in a sick room to refresh and purify the air.

Red Clover Blossoms – used for centuries to help cleanse the body and boost the immune system, red clover has long been used to treat bronchitis and other upper respiratory infections. A warming expectorant, red clover is known to help relieve chest congestion and makes an easy cough syrup that works well.

Rosemary – Breathing in aromatic fresh or dried rosemary with steam gives great relief to nasal and chest congestion. Plus, it smells amazing. Eating rosemary is a great way to get relief too, so use it in your cooking.  Also, use the essential oil in a diffuser to purify the air in the sick room.

Sage – the tradition of using sage as a seasoning goes back many years.  An excellent digestive herb, valuable remedy for colds, fevers, sore throat and mouth gargle.  Make a tea to drink, but mostly as a gargle several times a day while sick.  Adding a tablespoon apple cider vinegar and honey to your gargle makes it even better.

Slippery Elm Bark – a great mucilaginous herb, slippery elm is great for all sorts of coughs, helping to soothe inflamed membranes.  When brewed and consumed as a tea, it coats inflamed and irritated mucus membranes in the throat to offer immediate relief of symptoms. May also be taken in the form of a lozenge.

Thyme leaf – a powerful disinfectant and antiseptic, so it also helps to fight off colds and infections. Throughout the centuries, herbalists have employed thyme preparations to relieve chest and respiratory disorders, coughs, colds, and bronchitis. The herb is antibacterial, antifungal and spasmolytic, so it fights agents that cause bronchitis and helps to quell a spasmodic cough.  Use in syrups, teas, and drops.

Vervain – a warm infusion of either root, leaves or flowers is helpful for colds fevers, throat and chest congestion with headache. Vervain acts as an expectorant to treat chronic bronchitis.

White Willow Bark

White Willow Bark – has been used to combat fevers and pain for thousands of years. Willow bark may be the oldest herb known to treat pain and inflammation.  Use an infusion of the bark instead of modern pain relievers.

Wild Cherry Bark – makes wonderful syrup will sooth a sore throat and calm coughs. Tastes great too, you won’t have to fight the family to get them to take it.  Use 2 ounces of dried herb (you can add anise, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, and/or valerian for a better syrup) to 1 quart of pure water. Simmer herbs over low heat until you reduce the liquid by half.  Strain and mix liquid with 1 cup of honey to 2 cups herbal infusion while still warm.  You can also, make a decoction by using one teaspoon and adding honey for taste.  Overuse of cherry bark can be toxic. Do not use for more than 2 weeks at a time.

Yarrow – a good herb to have on hand to treat winter colds and flu; a hot cup of yarrow tea makes you sweat and helps the body expel toxins while reducing fever.

Milk Thistle Seeds

Milk thistle seeds has many benefits to the liver! Your liver is what does a great deal of the detoxing in your body and when your liver isn’t in top notch condition, this can affect the whole body.

Any detox plan you undertake should always have your liver in mind. Milk thistle is also great for your digestive system, so you can help your liver remove toxins from within your body, and then allow your digestive system to kick them out of your body. The active compound in milk thistle is called silymarin, a natural liver protector and supporter. Who doesn’t need some of that in their life?! The seeds of this plant have been used for at least 2,000 years to help protect health cells in the body, encourage the production of new cells, and stop inflammation in the body, especially of the liver.

Milk thistle extract is so powerful; it can actually help those with liver diseases.

How to use milk thistle seeds

There are several ways to use milk thistle seeds, they can be prepared and taken:

  • Sprinkled over food such as a salad, ground or whole seeds
  • Ground and packed into vegan capsules
  • Crushed and made into a tincture, tea, or add to coffee
  • Cook with it