So after some research, I decided that it was better to make a vinegar infusion instead. When our immune system is congested, it makes it hard for us to stay well. As you know, keeping our immune system strong requires that we keep our digestive tract working properly. Herbal vinegars have had a long history of use in the home medicine cabinet, and are sometimes more useful than water infusions (teas) because the acid in the vinegar helps to extract the beneficial minerals from the plant material. I made up a batch according to a recipe I found here that included equal parts of the following:
- lavender - antiseptic properties, useful against putrefactive bacteria in the intestines
- sage - good for eliminating mucous congestion in the respiratory passages and the stomach
- thyme - commonly used for throat and bronchial problems and effective at killing intestinal parasites
- lemon balm - good for chronic bronchial catarrh (inflammation and mucuous) and some forms of asthma
- hyssop - good for coughs and sore throat due to colds; nose and throat infections; and mucous congestion in the intestines
- peppermint - good for poor disgestion and coughs
- handful of raw garlic - stimulates the activity of the digestive organs, useful for intestinal catarrh and for killing intestinal worms
p.s. The herbal information came from Dr. John Lust's The Herb Book, a classic.
UPDATE: We're at the last day of February and we have been well all winter. Praise Yah!