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Marshmallow Root & Slippery Elm Bark Soother

Serves: 3 (½-cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. marshmallow root, chopped
  • 2 tsp. slippery elm bark, chopped
  • 3 cups purified water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes. Strain, serve and enjoy. May be reheated.

Folklore: Both marshmallow root and slippery elm bark are considered demulcent, meaning they contain soothing substances that decrease coughing by coating and protecting the irritated tissues.

Milk Thistle & Dandelion Root Liver Enhancer

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup purified water
  • 1 tsp. dandelion root, dried and chopped
  • 3 drops milk thistle extract (or one 210mg capsule)

Directions:

Combine water and dandelion in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes. Pour into cup and add milk thistle. Stir and enjoy.

Folklore: Both milk thistle and dandelion root have been used traditionally to enhance liver function.

Kukicha Twig & Ume Plum Digestive Support

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups purified water
  • 2 tbsp. kukicha twigs
  • 1 to 2 drops ume plum vinegar

Directions:

Combine water and kukicha twigs in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes. Strain and pour into serving cups. Add one drop vinegar to 8 ounces hot tea.

Note: Ume is a Japanese plum.

Folklore: Combined with ume plum vinegar, the kukicha twigs help relieve fatigue, gas, and nausea. Twigs may be used up to three times.

Umeboshi Detox Power

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 umeboshi plum, rinsed and chopped, seed set aside
  • 1 cup purified water
  • ½ tsp. kuzu
  • 2 to 3 drops tamari

Directions:

Combine plum, water and kuzu in a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve kuzu. Reduce heat to medium, stirring occasionally. The liquid will turn translucent. Add tamari and remove from heat. Pour into cup. Drink warm and eat plum pieces.

Note: Umeboshi is a pickled ume, or Japanese plum.

Folklore: Umeboshi plums are one of the most important foods in Far Eastern medicine and macrobiotic health care. Traditionally, the umeboshi plum has been recommended in cases of food poisoning, water contamination, diarrhea or constipation, troubles with stomach secretion (too much or little acid), motion sickness, headaches, and chemotherapy ulcers.

Corn Silk Infusion Kidney Support

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup purified water
  • 1 tbsp. corn silk

Directions:

Place ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Folklore: Corn silk has diuretic properties and may be used as a tea infusion for urinary difficulty, high blood pressure, edema, kidney stones and gallstones.

Dried Lotus Root & Ginger Bronchial Soother

Serves: 6 (½-cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. dried lotus root
  • 6 cups purified water
  • 1 tsp. ginger juice (from fresh ginger)

Directions:

Place lotus root and water in medium saucepan on high heat. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Let lotus root hydrate for 45 minutes. Return water and lotus root to heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 40 minutes. Strain lotus root. Add ginger juice. Drink warm, up to four times a day.

Folklore: Lotus root has been used traditionally to help dissolve excess mucus in the lungs, bronchi, throat and sinuses.

Shitake Mushroom & Daikon Immune Booster

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 6 dried shiitake mushroom caps, dried
  • 12 cups purified water
  • 1 cup dried daikon, shredded
  • 2 cups water
  • Sea salt

Directions:

Place shiitake caps and 10 cups water in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes to allow shiitake caps to fully hydrate. Remove caps from water; squeeze out excess moisture. With a knife, remove stems and hard centers; discard. Thinly slice remaining caps; return to water. Bring water and mushroom slices to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 30 minutes. Add remaining 2 cups water and dried shredded daikon to shiitake water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 15 minutes. Strain and serve warm, up to four times a day.

Note: Strained daikon and mushrooms may be set aside for use in soups, sauces, etc.

Folklore: Shiitake mushrooms are rich in polysaccharides, which stimulate the immune system. Shiitake also increases the body’s production of the antiviral substance interferon. Dried daikon is known for its natural antihistamine and diuretic properties.

Rosemary & Lemon Balm Mood Lifter

Serves: 2 (½-cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups purified water
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried lemon balm

Directions:

Bring water to boil in small saucepan. Add dried herbs. Turn off heat and cover with heavy lid. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to three times a day.

Folklore: Rosemary has a gentle, stimulating effect on both the nervous and circulatory systems. It has been used traditionally to enhance mood and soothe digestive complaints, and it has also been shown to improve memory. Lemon balm contains antiviral compounds and has been shown to have a mild sedative effect.

Anise Respiratory Remedy

Serves: 2 (1-cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups purified water
  • 1 tbsp. dried anise seed

Directions:

Bring water to boil in small saucepan. Add anise seeds. Turn off heat and cover with heavy lid. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to three times a day.

Folklore: Anise is a pleasant-tasting seed used traditionally to ease coughing and calm respiratory spasms.

Red Clover Woman’s Companion

Serves: 2 (1-cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups purified water
  • 2 tbsp. dried red clover

Directions:

Bring water to boil in small saucepan. Add dried red clover. Turn off heat and cover with heavy lid. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to three times a day.

Folklore: Red clover contains compounds called isoflavones that act as a mild form of estrogen and have been shown to help combat symptoms of perimenopause and early menopause.

Licorice Root Adrenal Support

Serves: 2 (1-cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups purified water
  • 4 tsp. dried licorice root

Directions:

Place water and licorice root in small saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes. Drink up to four times a day.

Folklore: Licorice root has been used traditionally to nourish the adrenal glands. Licorice also helps reduce inflammation and soothe irritated tissues in the lungs, helping to expel mucus. Recent studies have shown it may help ease the stress of quitting smoking.

Chamomile & Peppermint Anti-inflammatory Support

Serves: 3 (1-cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups purified water
  • 1 tbsp. dried chamomile
  • 1 tbsp. dried peppermint

Directions:

Bring water to boil. Add dried herbs. Turn off water and cover pot with heavy lid. Let stand 10 minutes and strain. Drink up to three times a day.

Folklore: Chamomile promotes healing, decreases inflammation in the stomach, and can ease the anxiety that may be perpetuating an ulcer. Peppermint is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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