This is a blend of demulcent herbs to soothe the throat and lungs, and expectorants to clear the lungs of gunk. Elecampane is great for wet, mucousy bronchial infections and is used for bronchitis, asthma, chronic lung ailments, and even tuberculosis. Coltsfoot helps dilate the bronchioles and expel mucus. Pleurisy root is great for the lingering cough that just won’t go away. Marshmallow and licorice help to coat the mucous membranes and soothe sore throats and dry coughs. I added tulsi tincture for its expectorant and adaptogenic properties, plus sage and thyme tinctures to help dry and clear mucous.
Take 1-2 Tbsp, one to three times per day as needed.
Keep the syrup refrigerated!
Ingredients: elecampane, marshmallow and pleurisy roots, coltsfoot, mullein, tulsi (holy basil), thyme, sage, water, grain alcohol, raw RI honey
This delicious blend of roots and leaves is a potent and easily absorbable source of bio-chelated iron, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. It is also a wonderful support for your liver. As our body’s master detoxifier and processor of all we ingest, the liver is a very important organ to keep in balance. When the liver is congested or stagnated, it can’t process toxins and cleanse the blood, meaning toxins attempt to leave through the skin (resulting in acne, psoriasis, excema) or end up causing inflammation and other complications in the body. The liver also manufactures many of the building blocks needed for hormone production and helps regulate hormone activity. So, when addressing any imbalance, it is helpful to also support the liver.
You can take up to 6 Tbsp daily if you know you are iron or mineral deficient or need extra liver support. I recommend starting with 2 Tbsp and see how you feel. If you experience loose bowels, reduce the dose and gradually increase it over time.
dandelion root, yellow dock root, burdock root, dandelion leaf, raspberry leaf, nettles, water, raw RI honey, molasses, black cherry juice concentrate, and (optional) brandy.
*All herbs freshly harvested with love in Rhode Island
**Recipe adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s A Family Herbal
This syrup turned out even more delicious than I thought it would be. I spent a lovely day at three different gardens harvesting six different kinds of mint. It was fascinating how different they all look, smell and taste: from fuzzy, light green apple mint to shiny, dark green/purplish chocolate mint to variegated white and green pineapple mint to a curly leaf spearmint. I was infused with mint! The cooling properties of mint are strong and easily recognizable: that icy cold feeling of menthol in an altoid or candy cane. And many know about the common household remedy of a cup of mint tea for indigestion or stomach upset. I mixed in some lemon balm for its sunny smile that lifts the spirits, as well as its digestive support. I used half the amount of sugar of a traditional simple syrup, making it lightly sweet and very minty (and also not shelf stable, so keep it in the fridge!). Enjoy some in sparkling water with ice and a squeeze of lime. It’s divine.
Suggested Use: 1-3 teaspoons, as often as you want it! **Keep Refrigerated**
peppermint, chocolate mint, apple mint, pineapple mint, spearmint, lemon balm, fresh organic lemon peel, water, raw organic sugar
This is the most popular cold and flu remedy in Europe and I hope you will see why! Elder is an immune system enhancer, but gentle enough to use every day (tho you might want to save it for when folks around you are sick). It’s also a diaphoretic, helping to induce sweating and reduce fevers. It’s so delicious, you can drizzle it on pancakes or mix it into yogurt or just drink it straight.
The rosehips are full of Vitamin C, as well as other minerals and are a powerful antioxidant. They are a great boost to your immune system when you’re feeling run-down or under the weather.
one to two Tablespoons 1-3 times per day. Keep refrigerated!
fresh elderberries, rosehips and ginger with cinnamon sticks, water and raw RI honey.