Community Supported Herbalism
Immune Boosting Herbs
Prepared by Amber Friedman
Welcome to the third basket of this season. The focus for this month’s basket is Boosting Immunity, Fighting Viruses and staying healthy through the Fall and Winter, using herbs. Let’s face it, we all might get sick at this time of year. There are a few things you can do to prevent from getting sick, and a few things to do if you do get sick. This basket is a combination of products to fights viruses and help you get through them faster and with less discomfort if you do get sick.
Chest + Foot Vapor Rub. You maybe all remember Vicks Vapor Rub from childhood, who knows, you might still be using it. This is something I made that I would compare to Vicks Vapor Rub. It is a salve made from solar infused mullein leaves, essential oil of oregano and lemon. Mullein leaves and flowers are a common weed here, they grow very tall. If you infuse the flowers oil it is a great treatment in combination with garlic, for ear infections. The leaves are really good medicine in cough formulas, for asthma, bronchial congestions and the common cold. Oregano has a long list of amazing properties, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine…the list goes on. In this formula I combined the oregano with lemon to help make this a powerful vapor rub to fight infections, relieve stress, cleanse and purify. Use this on your chest or your feet before you go to bed, or before a hot bath.
Golden Honey Elixir is actually an oxymel. An oxymel is when you infuse herbs in honey and apple cider vinegar. I love the way they taste, and they are still powerful medicine, because honey is anti-viral, soothing and delicious. The honey in this formula is from the bees in my yard, it’s very local! I infused the honey in lemon peel, turmeric, ginger and black pepper. The bottle says to take it on a toothpick, but you can take it out of the dropper, a few drops or up to a half dropper a few times a day. Turmeric is an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and it has tons of other benefits too. Use this formula to fight off infections, treat respiratory infections or as a general anti-inflammatory that will support your immune system.
Immunity Chai a sweet and tangy, warming chai tea that boosts immunity. Astragalus and Honeybush are the star herbs in this decaf chai tea. Astragalus is an energizing and toning herb that builds immunity. It is used to treat and prevent long-term infections, colds, flus and candida. It also promotes circulatory health and stimulates matabolism. Honeybush is high in zinc, which is important all the time, especially when fighting flus and viruses, also high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, sodium, iron, maganesse, vitamin C and antioxidants. It’s make tea a beautiful red color too!
Soothing Throat Lozenges try this when you have a sore throat, or if you get sick, or to prevent illness. Powdered licorice root, slippery elm, echinacea, goldenseal, honey and carob. This are great little treats for kids as well, give them a 1/3 of a ball as a dose. You can take one ball 3-4 times a day when you are fighting a sore throat and the herbs will fight the infection and bring relief to your frayed throat. Powerful enough to treat strep throat. Goldenseal is amazing, it’s one of my favorite herbs for gastrointestinal issues or fighting a bad virus. It works fast and is very strong, I consider it my natural antibiotic. You only want to take it for short periods 7-10 days and then take 7-10 day break from it. Slippery elm is very important to heal from a cold or flu because it coats the lining of your intestines.