Common-Cold Tea

Try this soothing herbal blend for a cold that rests in the lungs with a fever and dry, irritating cough.

Source: Body+Soul, April/May 2005


  • 2 1/2 oz. peppermint
  • 2 1/2 oz. elder flowers
  • 2 1/2 oz. yarrow
  • 1 oz. mullein
  • 1 oz. licorice
  • 1 oz. echinacea
  • 1/2 oz. ginger


  1. To make blend: Combine peppermint, elder, yarrow, and mullein in glass jar. Combine licorice, echinacea, and ginger in separate jar. (Store blends in tightly sealed glass jars. Dried blends will keep for up to a year.)

  2. To make 1 quart tea: Add 4 teaspoons licorice mixture to 4 to 5 cups cold water; bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, covered. Turn off heat and add 4 teaspoons of peppermint mixture; cover and steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain and discard herbs. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink 1/4 cup every half-hour.

Cook's Notes

Buying Dried Herbs: High-quality dried herbs are just as potent as fresh herbs, and are generally available in bulk at natural-foods stores and in specialty herb stores.

This recipe calls for dried herbs (not powdered dried herbs), and requires these basic tools of the trade: a kitchen scale; a fine mesh strainer; large glass jars with an airtight seal; a teapot with lid, or mason jar.


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