Herbs to brew into Immune Boosting tea


We all feel a little ill every now and then. Often times we get sick from “germs” which are bacteria, viruses, and other particulates floating around us all the time. Depending on your exposure and how well your unique immune system is working will determine whether or not you get sick. Some people have better immune systems then others. 


Most people know there are ways to boost your immune system. Plan ahead when you know exposesure is likely, such as when teaching children or traveling. It is a good idea to improve immunity. Some people take flu shots (introducing the germ into the system) others use vitamins or powdered products targeted at raising your immune system. You probably think of vitamin C first…


Vitamin C is an excellent immune booster and helps with many functions in our bodies. It is important that we always get lots of this vitamin through eating things like fresh fruit and vegetables where they are most easily digested. When we consume the food raw it contains the most nutrition and unlike supplements it is %100 natural. Fruit and vegetables are so very important. 


There are other ways to get natural vitmins as well, such as herbal teas. I love brewing my own teas with herbs I collect specificly as a medicine cabinet. My cupboard has many immune boosting herbs that I mix together when I’m feeling under the weather. 


Here is a short list of the herbs I’m going to use now. I think I might be a little sick so I’ll make some tea! 

  • Parsley Leaf
  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Red Clover Flower
  • Nettle Leaf
  • Hibiscus Flower
  • Lemon Balm

Also try marshmallow root, dandelion root, parsley root, and slippery elm if you have already have a sore throat. 

Any of these herbs can be used alone or in combination with the others for a Super Vitamin C boost from nature. Personally I’m going to take a pinch of each, put it into a strainer, pour boiling water over and cover for five minutes. Then I like to taste the brew. If it tastes too strong or bitter I add a generous SQUEEEEze of agave or local honey (which helps cure allergies, especially pollen) to sweeten to taste. 


Now rest + tea = healthy

So I’m going to drink this and take a nap… Maybe even a bath with those rose petals left over from my anniversary. Nothing calms me better then a warm bath. Remember stress reduces the immune system and the whole body’s ability to function properly. 

I hope this helps someone looking to use more herbs in their life. Enjoy this natural remedy for general health. I’m not a doctor, of course this isn’t medical advise, but Thank God for the Plants and Animals โค๏ธ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ค

-Dominique Barrentine

Morning Coffee

 Ravens brew gourmet coffee is locally brewed in Seattle and available in grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest. 

 
I really love coffee. Really. 

The fresher you can get the beans the better the cup’o joe is going to be. So when I first saw this “Wicked Wolf” staring back at me from the shelf with the little tag “Local” underneath, I just had to try it. 

The first time I had Ravens Brew coffee was on a camping trip. I use a French press to make my coffee so it’s super fresh and portable. I decided to treat myself by buying a nice bean so that my morning coffee would be extra special on my trip. 

From that first time since I have loved this coffee!  

 
With a rich bold flavor and an oily freshness Wicked Wolf coffee has got to be the best in town! (And yes I buy beans at coffe Appassionato on Capital Hill.) But you just can’t beat Ravens Brew. 

  
Mmmmm coffee. I am going to go get a second cup now. 

  

-Dominique Barrentine