"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Cough & Cold Tea: recipe

My dear one has a cough and can't sleep; their cold is keeping them up, blowing their nose till they use up all the tissue.  What can I give them to help them stop coughing and relieve the over-all symptoms so they can get some sleep??

This is a mix I came up with for us! (I'm not recommend this for you; just sharing our experience. Please look into each herb to see if it's a fit your specific need before you add it to your blend.)

2 parts mullein*
2 parts catnip
1 part licorice root
1 part red clover
1 part peppermint
I put this through a coffee filter in a strainer (until I filled my own Press & Brew Tea Bags with it!) because the mullein can irritate the throat if any little bits of it are left in the tea.

There are many options when it comes to herbs and treating sickness; make sure to read, ask, and pray about what to use for your child, yourself, or anyone you plan to share herbs with. *note: my "child" is 14. It may or may not be safe to give young children mullein, licorice, or other of these herbs. Please do your own research, ask your licensed practitioner.

Why did I pick these herbs, of all the options out there?

To stop the cough:
licorice root

To assist with sleep:
red clover

To get over the cold:

To help get rid of the congestion:
licorice root

To give good/sweet flavor:
licorice root

We like it with honey, and drink it hot. Breathing the steam coming from the mug - being careful not to burn oneself - helps calm the cough a lot, too.  I brewed up this tea for coughs by the potful, in  individual mugs, and later used it in a mini crock-pot steam preparation.

What do you use for your children's coughs? How do you treat their colds? 

Updated. This post is part of Natural Living Monday @ Natural Living Mamma & Homemade for Elle.


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