Make Your Own Cough Syrup

I've been making cough syrup for neighbors for years and have always wished I could do it for you. Since I can't send a quart of liquid through the mail, this is the next best thing. You've already proven yourselves to be capable herbalists by making your own Elderberry Syrup, and it's time to take your skills to the next level. You're going to be making a cough syrup (or two) that involves a decoction and a cold infusion. Don't worry, I'll walk you through it. I took great c

Treating the Flu

Flu treatment per Paul Bergner, Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism 1. Fast until the fever passes. Water or lemon water only (plus teas) Fasting induces the secretion of the hormone ghrelin, which is not only febrifuge (fever reducer), but also speeds up healing. 2. The course of influenza is 6-7 days, whether the fever passes on day two or three. Take the full seven days off work, rest in bed as much as possible the first 3-4 days, and then general

Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup

You've just received your packet of Elderberry Syrup herbs. So now what? I'll tell you what. Now you make Elderberry Syrup. It's a breeze. Step 1: Bring four cups of distilled water* to a boil, add contents of herb packet. Step 2: Lower heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Stir every now and then Step 3: Strain herbs from liquid using cheesecloth.* Be sure to squish all the good stuff from the plant material. Step 4: Discard plant material, and pour liquid into qu