This herbal immune system remedy goes a weeee bit beyond my KEEP IT SIMPLE mantra, but I felt it was worth posting. If you want to keep it to what you have in the kitchen, keep with my EIGHT SIMPLE SECRETS to natural cold care.
If you are ready to venture out a little and add one or two herbs you may not have heard of and are ready to learn about, try this recipe out. Most of the recipe still uses common ingredients.
This recipe was reprinted in one of MY FAVORITE HERB BOOKS called Herbal Antibiotics, by Stephen Buhner. If you want to thoroughly read about all the herbs I talk about on this sight related to cold and flu cure along with many other, this is the book for you. It is a short, simple book that is concise and amazing.
In this recipe, Stephen takes Andrew Weil’s recipe in Eight Weeks to Optimum Health and tweaks it a bit.
Now, you can make variations. You can cut out the reishi if you cannot find it.
Shiitake mushrooms are amazing for the immune system and are available at most supermarkets.
Astagalus, as well as the mushrooms, are available at Asian groceries (as Huang qi), BUT you can also buy astragalus here (root, not the powder). Mountain Rose Herbs is a high quality, reputable herb company.
I always have a big jar of astragalus root by my stove. I throw a few pieces in practically every soup and tea I make. It is the main herb you think about for “herbal immune system nourishment.”
Oh….back to the recipe!
At this point, I also usually add a bit of miso.