Make your own cold curing medicines

Here are a few recipes to try the next time you get sick:

Cold and Flu Tea
1 Tbsp. peppermint leaves
1 Tbsp. catnip leaves
1 Tbsp. echinacea root
½ Tbsp. elder flowers
½ Tbsp. yarrow leaves

Boil 4 cups water with the echinacea root. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Add the rest of the herbs, stir, and cover. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain and serve with a small amount of honey or stevia, or lemon wedges.

Horehound Cough Drops
4 cups dried horehound
4 cups water
6 cups honey
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Put horehound and water into a pot and bring to a boil for two minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for ½ hour. Strain the herbs, pour into a clean pot, and add the honey and cream of tartar. Bring mixture to a boil. Insert a candy thermometer and boil until the mixture reaches 300°F. Butter a large cookie sheet with sides, or coat with cooking spray. Pour mixture into prepared pan, spread out with a wooden spoon, and allow to cool. When it's cool but not completely hardened, score with a knife. When it has completely cooled, break into pieces. Use to relieve cough and sore throat.

Herbal Wellness Balm
1 cup olive oil infused with peppermint, thyme, and eucalyptus
2 T. beeswax
½ T. of menthol crystals
1-2 drops of vitamin E
¼ tsp. of essential oils for decongestant to include any combination of the following: eucalyptus, wintergreen, cajeput, clove, sage, basil, ginger, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, or thyme.

This balm is an all-natural alternative to Vicks Vapor Rub. Infuse herbs and olive oil in a crock pot on warm setting overnight or on the stove on low heat for 15 minutes. Strain with cheesecloth. Add beeswax to a double boiler and melt, then add the olive oil and menthol crystals. Heat until the crystals dissolve, then remove and allow temperature to drop to 110°F. Add essential oils and vitamin E. Pour into a container of your choice and allow to cool.

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