Immunity Tea

 immunity tea
Photo: Raymond Hom
1 quart

This recipe calls for dried herbs, found at your local herb shop or online at or If you have any of the ingredients fresh, however, by all means, use them. Drink two cups daily throughout the season.


  • 2 tablespoon dried astragalus

  • 1 tablespoon dried ginger (order "cut and sifted," rather than powdered)

  • teaspoon dried lemon peel (choose organic if using fresh)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon balm

  • Honey to taste


  1. Simmer the astragalus, ginger, and lemon peel in a quart of water for 20 minutes, covered.

  2. Turn off heat and add the lemon balm; cover and steep for another 20 minutes. Strain and discard herbs.

  3. Add a touch of honey per cup of hot tea. Tea will keep in the fridge for 24 hours; heat it up before drinking.

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