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09 November 2015

Immune Tonic Tea

Written by Flora, Posted in Do It Yourself, Herbal Medicine

As the cold weather sets in, getting a refresher in immune enhancing and supporting herbs can help us all prepare for winter colds and flus. Here are some resources from Juliet Blankespoor's immunity class from the 2014 Herbal Conference. This is part 3 of 3, see also Part 1: Immunostimulating Herbs and Part 2: Immunomodulating Herbs

Immune Tonic Tea Recipe

Ingredients:mushroom tea
8 cups water

3 dried Shitake mushrooms cut into smaller pieces
1 Tablespoon Licorice root (cut and sifted)
1 Tablespoon Chaga mushroom powder
2 Tablespoons Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) root (cut and sifted)
1 Tablespoon Astragalus root (cut and sifted)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
1⁄2 teaspoon Cardamom powder

Place the herbs and water in a pot and bring to a boil, then simmer with a lid on for one hour. Take off the heat and strain through a stainless steel or bamboo tea strainer. You will end up with 6 to 7 cups of tea; let the tea cool and refrigerate the portion that will not be consumed that day. Refrigerated tea will generally keep for three days. The dosage is 2 cups a day. Another way to enjoy this earthy tea is as a soup broth, by adding a little miso or tamari. This tonic tea can be consumed daily throughout the winter to keep the immune system in tip top form. Many of the herbs in the formula are adaptogens, offering the extra benefit of tonifying the nervous system. By definition, an adaptogen aids the body in adapting to different types of stress—be it emotional, physical, or chemical in nature.

Juliet Blankespoor
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
http://www.chestnutherbs.com
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