Last weekend, my son and I made a road trip to Virginia. Unfortunately, we brought back a virus that has thrown us for a loop! Thankfully, he didn’t get it as badly as I did. But I’m definitely hard down. (Thanks to a laptop in bed, I can still prep this post.) I must say, I have not been this sick in close to five years. It seems that the change in environment and weather, as well as the stress of taking a trip, compromised my immune system to the point I got sick. As soon as I felt it coming on, I did what I always do to stop a cold from progressing – took osha root tincture; increased my doses of zinc, and vitamins C and D3; and drank lots of water and tea. This time, it didn’t work. I got sick anyway. I’ve been wanting to learn about herbal medicine, but I didn’t think I’d have to think on my feet like this.
When I woke up in the middle of the night, coughing and gasping for breath because my chest was so congested, I knew I had to do something. What I was doing was boosting my immune system, for sure. But I needed to get this congestion broken up before it progressed to something worse.
I pulled out my herbal medicine books and did research online and found that mullein leaf is a great herb for breaking up congestion. So, with sicky-sad face, I asked my “Garden Wilson” (my darling beau who has been taking care of me) to travel to the health food store a half hour’s drive away to get me some mullein leaf.
After finally being able to get some sleep yesterday afternoon, I had some more of the chicken soup (aka Jewish penicillin) I made yesterday (before I hit the bed). Then I made my very first herbal infusion ~ mullein tea. (NOTE: I am not a physician or herbalist, so I am not recommending a cure for any ailment. I am sharing my recent experience with this herb; if you have any concerns, please contact your medical practitioner.)
- 2 tsp of mullein leaves
- 1 cup of boiling water
- Steep for 12-15 minutes
- Strain leaves out of tea
- Flavor with stevia or honey (optional)
- Drink up to 3 cups a day
I placed the mullein leaves in a tea ball, but some of the mullein leaf came out of the ball into the tea. The leaves have little hairs that can irritate the throat, and it did that to me. So, I made another cup of tea using a coffee filter as a tea bag (closed up with a twist tie). It worked. (That’s good ole fashioned Yankee ingenuity right there. 😉 )
The tea actually tasted pretty good. It wasn’t bitter like I thought it would be.
I will say, that after one cup my chest didn’t feel as tight, and the phlegm started to loosen up about an hour later. Not much, but it was only one cup. It was a start. Today, I will drink three cups and look forward to being on the mend.
What do you take when you catch a cold?