Recipes for Making Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu
Prior to listing out the recipes for making herbal remedies to treat cold and the flu, let me first instruct you on the two basic methods of preparation for making medicinal teas. The two basic methods are by infusion and decoction.
Infusion- Use this method when using the delicate plant parts such as flowers and soft leaves. The herbs are steeped not boiled at all. Bring the herbs and water just to a boil, remove from heat, and allow to steep in a tightly covered container for 10-20 minutes.
Decoction- This method is used to extract the deeper healing properties found in coarser leaves, stems, barks, and roots. The herbs are simmered for 1 hour.
If a formula calls for both roots and barks along with soft leaves and flowers, you would first make a decoction with the coarser herbs, strain them, pour them over the delicate plant parts, and allow to steep for 10-20 minutes in a tightly covered container.
If using fresh herbs you should first bruise them by rubbing between the hands or using a mortar and pestle to break up the tissue structure and release the active principles. The herbs should be prepared in nonmetallic containers such as earthenware, glass, or enamel pots. Stainless steel is acceptable when others are not available. You should also use distilled or spring water as opposed to tap water whenever possible.
Amount to use
Herbal Remedy for Cold and Flu
Take one half cup of the decoction every two hours.
If you believe your cold or flu to be due to overeating, use of alcohol, exposure to wet, damp, cold, or excessive activity, use sweating therapy. Make an infusion of equal parts:
Take one cup of the infusion followed by a hot bath. Then go to bed and cover yourself with several blankets to provoke perspiration.
Making a Syrup
Coughs and Sore Throat
Take one tablespoon every hour as needed.
Hoarseness of Voice