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I’m a little gun-shy about illness at the moment.

We had such a rough two years for my husband and somewhat for my daughter as we were going through his detox and still healing her (you can read Rebekah’s story if you haven’t for more details on that).  While the rest of us were *usually* okay, we had a few minor illnesses.  Dealing with someone not feeling well for some reason practically every week — sometimes more than once — plus the awful Jan. – March in 2011 and 2012 was just…rough.  Sometimes I even feel anxious about potential illness and worry any time someone does anything out of the ordinary…just in case.

So although I’m not going to let this stop us and make us hole up in our home all winter long (that doesn’t sound like fun!), I will be taking some precautions when we go out, especially if we are going to heavily-populated areas, like indoor playgrounds.  If I can try for a little prevention, maybe we can avoid most illness this winter.  I would be so thankful if we managed that!

This immune-boosting tea is one of the precautions I am taking.  When we went to COSI last week, I made up a couple quarts and made sure I had one and that each of my kids had a cup of it too.  It’s something I’d make anytime I thought they might get exposed, or if I knew we had been exposed, or at the first signs of illness.

The ingredients include some adaptogenic herbs (for a big boost of vitamins and minerals) and some specifically immune-boosting herbs (to help banish any cold, flu, etc. we might run across).  I pair this with our FCLO, some doTERRA “On Guard” on their feet, and plenty of healthy food.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. nettles
  • 2 tbsp. oatstraw
  • 1 tbsp. elderberries
  • 1 tsp. echinacea
  • 1 slice fresh ginger
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • Raw honey to taste

Directions:

In a quart jar, add all your herbs.

Pour boiling water over the mix, shake or stir (shake with lid on, obviously) to combine.  Let this sit overnight or for several hours.

The next day, strain the herbs out.

Add raw honey to taste.  (This is a very sweet mix and the strong ginger flavor doesn’t really come through.)

Shake or stir to combine with honey and drink.

Easy!  Hopefully this is one to add to your arsenal…just in case. :)

If you want to avoid junky comfort food this winter but still enjoy your favorites (the better to keep your immune system running well!), try our 42 delicious recipes in Wholesome Comfort.

**This post has been entered in Frugal Days and Sustainable Ways, Wildcrafting Wednesday.**

How do you keep your immune system strong in the winter?


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Kate is wife to Ben and mommy to Bekah (6.5), Daniel (5), Jacob (3), and Nathan (1.5). She is passionate about God, health, and food. She has written 7 cookbooks and a popular book entitled A Practical Guide to Children's Health. She also recently released Healing With God's Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies, which teaches people to use natural remedies to keep their families healthy. When she's not blogging, she's in the kitchen, sewing, or homeschooling her children.

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26 Comments

  1. Do you drink the entire quart or do you dilute it?

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  2. How long can I keep it in the fridge for?

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  3. I love this and I am anxious to try it. I have a question about the nettle….do you use the powder, the root????
    So glad I found your blog!
    thanks!

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  4. Wondering what kind of nettle? Roots? Powder?
    Thanks so much!

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  5. I have a reaction to stinging nettle. Is there something else I can use instead? Also, do you dilute the tea for your children?

    In advance, thank you for your time and help!

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    • You could try oatstraw or red raspberry leaf. I don’t dilute it for them but they don’t drink as much as I do.

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  6. Just made some. I am not really a fan of hot tea but this one is great!!!

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  8. Where do you purchase these herbs? Do you buy them fresh or dried? Do the last long (I.e. can I buy a bunch or do I only buy what I will use right away)? I’m not too familiar with herbs yet! :) Thanks!

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  9. What form of Echinacea do you use? I noticed there are a lot of choices.

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  14. Kate,
    I LOVE this recipe! I make it and drink it EVERY Monday and when friends call asking for help, I always have them drink this first to boost their immune systems.
    Thank you!
    Denice
    His Herbal Way

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  16. I was wondering if I dont have access to echinacea herb can I use the drops in this and still be effective? Thank you

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