The best protection against cold and flus is not a shot—it is keeping your own immune system strong and healthy.
Get outside in the sun every day it shines!
Get plenty of rest and drink lots of teas that promote health and sleep. Herbalists are creating super tasty teas that are great for our well-being during these cold seasons. My dear friend Caitlin at Mermaid Farm on Martha’s Vineyard often shares a glass jar of some recently concocted herbal blend she assures me will relieve symptoms. I find these gifts to be the best medicine I can take to stay
I like to explore with herbs in remedies. Here is one easy recipe:
1 cup linden flowers
1 cup elderberries
4 tablespoons dried sage
4 tablespoons dried elderflowers
4 tablespoons dried thyme
Mix together and place in a clean jar with a tight lid. Date and label and it will keep well for up to a year.
- For tea: Use 1 tablespoon in 2 cups of boiling water and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
- For bath: Use 2 cups in 4 cups of water and allow to steep 60 minutes. Pour into hot bath and give yourself a good soak.
Linden is a great herb for children and adults and is wonderful for baths and for teas. It is deeply relaxing for a restorative night’s sleep.
Look for organic. The flowers are super flavorful for teas and the leaves taste more like grass, but the effects are great from either leaves or flowers.
Sage, elderberry and thyme are all great in herbal remedies that when taken together work to sooth the affects of colds and promote immune systems during the cold and flue season. Look for elderberry syrup for coughs or for dried elderberries in bulk through Frontier.