This cold/flu preparedness set includes the following:
Elderberry Elixir made with elderberry tincture – an even more potent form of elderberry medicine. Studies have shown elderberries to have significant benefits against cold and influenza symptoms, but starting early after symptom onset is key so have this on hand! This extra powerful elixir also contains fresh pressed ginger juice. Ginger juice is another proven anti-viral and is also shown in some studies to reduce pain as well as NSAIDs. Usnea tincture has been shown in lab studies to kill gram-positive bacteria (think strep and staph) and has traditionally been used especially for respiratory conditions so has been added to our formula as a way to prevent secondary infections. Pine needle decoction and local honey are the final two ingredients. Pine needle has a long traditional use for colds and flus, and local raw honey is known for its antimicrobial and cough soothing properties.
Fire Tonic – A traditional folk remedy of anti-viral and anti-bacterial herbs infused in raw apple cider vinegar with the mother. Our tonic contains hot peppers, onions, garlic, lemons, horseradish, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. Our family likes it in warm lemon water every morning through the winter, and it is also amazing on collard greens.
Echinacea tincture – Some studies have shown Echinacea to lessen the severity of symptoms of the common cold. It is a well-known immune stimulant within the herbal community and a go to for illnesses such as strep, colds, and flus in our home.
Turkey tail tincture – Turkey tail mushrooms are an amazing little powerhouse growing all over the woods of the southeast. Turkey tail has been shown in scientific research to have immune modulating properties- meaning it boosts an underactive immune system, but is also beneficial in toning down an over-responsive immune system in cases of autoimmune disease.
Bronchial bitters- Our bronchial bitters contain violet to soothe irritated mucous membranes, elecampane to assist a cough in being more productive, and thyme and licorice root to alleviate the tickle in the chest associated with coughing.