Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments: Nose and Throat Remedy

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Elderberry can be used to fight off cold and flu but should not be taken in excess.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup elderberries
  • 1⁄2 cup plantain leaf (Plantago major)
  • 1-1⁄2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar or honey

    Optional

  • Vodka or yarrow tincture (1⁄4 of bottle space)

Directions

  • Herbal Concentrate Method: This recipe requires the berries and leaves to be cooked separately — use the decoction method for the berries and the tea method for the leaves. Then combine the two herbal concentrates before adding sweetener and thickening.

    Medicinal Potential

    Elderberry: Acts as an overall cold, flu and cough remedy; has antiviral properties; excellent for sore throats, breaking up phlegm and preventing the spread of infection to other areas of the body

    Plantain: Used to assist in fighting colds, sinusitis, throat and ear infections; calm the respiratory system; reduce inflammation; and unclog phlegm 

    Yarrow: Highly astringent; suggested to fight infections, fever and congestion

    Notes

    Elderberry is quite potent, and more is not necessarily better. Some people will take small doses daily as a preventive measure during the cold and flu season. It should be noted, though, that elderberry can cause nausea and vomiting when used excessively. Never ingest raw berries — always cook them. Yarrow shouldn’t be taken in conjunction with heart medicines, blood thinners or antacids. Not intended to be used long-term. Best to avoid in combination with coffee or alcohol. Use with caution if a ragweed allergy exists and stop taking at least two weeks prior to surgery. Read more about herbal medicines for common illnesses in Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments.

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An overall flu, cold and cough remedy, this blend may provide protection against spread of infection within the body.

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