It’s definitely cold and flu season here in Vermont. Everyone we know seems to have the sniffles or some other form of the flu. I don’t generally run for traditional medication every time I feel a bit off. I believe that there are herbal remedies for most illnesses. After all, our ancestors couldn’t run to the drug store two hundred years ago when they had a cold. There must have been some sort of homemade flu remedies that they turned to instead. When I received Feasting on Food Storage for review, I was thrilled to find a section on home remedies included in the book.
Homemade Flu Remedies
According to the book, this is a powerful herbal tea that seems to be especially effective in treating the prevalent viruses of today. You should tore herbs in a covered container in a cool, dry area until needed. I can find some of these herbs in our back yard (peppermint, comfrey, red raspberry leaves, red clover) but the others I need to purchase from our natural food coop. You can also purchase them online if you cannot find them locally. This spring, you could also plant some in your yard so that you have them available in the summer to dry and store for use throughout the year.
- comfrey leaf
- red clover
- rose hips
- red raspberry leaves
- 8 cups pure water
- Use one tea bag or one tablespoon of each herb.
- Bring water to a boil in a stainless steel saucepan.
- Add herbs, cover and steep for 30 - 40 minutes.
- Strain tea into a large pitcher or jar.
- Cover and refrigerate.
- Drink one glass at a time, as often as desired.
- Drink at least 4 or more glasses a day for 3-4 days or as needed.
- Tea is very effective.
- Double recipe if desired.
There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon so in order to make this in a smaller dosage, I added one tsp of each herb to the boiling water. This makes roughly three cups of tea or about enough tea for a day. You can make it by the day or by the week as you prefer. I heated my tea up before drinking it because it’s winter and I’m cold. If it were summer time, I could enjoy it as iced tea. I stirred in a little bit of local honey for added health benefits and took my cup of tea to the couch with a good book. I love knowing that I can stay healthy with homemade flu remedies instead of running to the drug store every time I have a sniffle. Some day, I may need to rely on what we’ve grown in our yard and when that happens, I’m prepared.
(affiliate) Feasting on Food Storage: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking is written by Jane Merrill and Karen Sunderland. It contains over 200 recipes to rotate and use your short and long term food storage. There are bonus sections for baby food, home remedies and even gluten free options.
If you have created or are in the process of creating food storage for emergency preparedness, you’ll know the importance of rotating your stock. These meals will let you use your food storage which will save you money and keep you prepared for any emergency. I was very pleased to find out that these recipes are very healthy for the most part even though they are prepared with mostly canned or packaged ingredients. This book also contains tips and tricks on meal planning, water storage, short and long term storage goals, etc. Feasting on Food Storage is definitely a book you’ll want to keep in your emergency pantry!
Like home remedies? Try my detox ginger bath tea recipe.