Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Antiviral Tea


Ingredients (per cup of water):

  • 5-6 fresh whole mullein leaves, medium-sized, per cup of water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag per cup 
  • 1-2 tsp. organic raw honey per cup of water
Directions:

I make this in a big stock pot and store it in mason jars in the refrigerator. 

Mullein combines well with chamomile.  Since chamomile is not currently in season, I am using chamomile tea bags.
  1. Wash mullein leaves and add to a large pot.  Cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil, turn the burner to low and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes.  Turn off the burner and let it cool a bit.  
  3. Important:  Always strain the mullein tea mixture through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.  There are small hairs on the leaves that can irritate the throat, so straining is essential.
  4. Pour into mason jars and store in the refrigerator up to one week.
  5. Heat one cup per time then add one chamomile tea bag.  Allow to steep, add honey and stir before drinking. If you like a sweet tea, add more honey or stevia.

Dosage:  My personal experience is 1 cup 3-4 a day for at least three days will definitely stop most viruses in their tracks.

Ingredient Breakdown:

Mullein

Common mullein, or Verbascum thapsus, pictured left, should look familiar to you. It is a medicinal plant readily found in roadsides, meadows and pasture lands. It is in season in much of the U.S right now, due to the warmer winter we've had.  However, right now, it is growing low to the ground without the flowering head.  It will look more like the second picture below. Its growth is widespread here right now, which is a good thing, given the Coronavirus outbreak. I harvested some myself yesterday.  I am careful to discard any brown leaves, as these are ineffective.

Note:  1st year plants that are not flowering are most potent.

Mullein contains various chemical constituents like saponins, iridoid and phenylethanoid glycosides, flavonoids, vitamin C and minerals.

A number of pharmacological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antiviral activity have been associated with the mullein plant. With regard its antiviral activity, one test-tube study suggests that mullein extract is particularly effective against the influenza virus. It has been used to treat pulmonary problems, bronchitis, and spasmodic coughs, all symptoms which often accompany respiratory viruses.

Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the oldest, most widely used and well documented medicinal plants in the world and has been recommended for a variety of healing applications. is a flowering plant in the daisy (Asteraceae) family. Native to Europe and Western Asia, it's now found around the world. German chamomile is considered the more potent variety and the type most widely used for medicinal purposes. This is the type we grow on our farm.

Chamomile contains more than 120 chemical constituents, many of which are pharmacologically active.  They include, among many others, chamazulene,  an anti-inflammatory, and bisabolol an anti-microbial and apigenin, a phytonutrient that acts as a strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral. 

Honey

The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial antiviral and antifungal power. They’re also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting benefits.It also works as a cough suppressant. 

You can also buy bulk mullein tea on Amazon, if you don't want to harvest it yourself.  Use one teaspoon per cup of water.

Of course, always check with your healthcare practitioner. before using any herbal supplement.