If you wake up with a cold in my home…
you will most likely be offered tea. Summer viruses, or colds, have a tendency to be mild in the warmer months. Either way, most of us still want to find some comfort and relief from symptoms.
If you are dealing with a virus, it means that it has broken through your first defense-your immune system. Keeping this in mind, focus on building and repairing that line of defense. Adequate rest, proper foods, and staying hydrated are ways to support your immunity. There are many supplements that are effective in lessening symptoms and increasing immunity. One of my favorites, that I keep on hand year-round, is elderberry. I make elderberry syrup often. During the colder months (flu season), we take it daily as a preventative. In the warmer months, we take it occasionally. If someone begins to show symptoms of a virus, I make sure everyone takes it as well. It will often lessen the severity of symptoms in subsequent “victims” and sometimes even prevent them from showing any symptoms at all.
We also drink a lot of herbal teas. My children enjoy herbal teas and like to make their own from the herbs in our garden. We use fresh and dried herbs, depending on the time of the year and what is available.
Hot or cold, herbal teas can be soothing, nourishing, healing and uplifting.
- Dried elderberries (a small handful)
- Thyme (a couple of fresh sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon or so)
- Mint (a small handful of dried or fresh leaves) We love chocolate mint leaves.
- Stevia ( a few leaves, dried or fresh)
- Fresh lemon
- 1 quart water
Daughter of the Earth, Mother of her creations. Ivanna (Evie) doesn’t care for titles, but the ones that fit best are homeschool mom, herbalist, and blogger. Her greatest joy is guiding others to find true wellness within themselves and Mother Earth. When not spending time with her beloved family, she can be found researching everything related to holistic wellness, crafting herbal remedies, or visiting with the plants in the Magical Garden.