Echinacea Tea: My “Go to” for Colds for the Kids and Adults
Flu season is in full effect!
Well, with the judgements that are befalling America it seems that flu season is year round and there is always some bug or cold floating around.
One of trusty, old faithfuls for me and my family of 4, that I also recommend to loved ones is:
Echinacea has been my “family go to” for years, all the way down to the (now) 4 year old.
Sometimes we’ve caught a cold where let’s say…Daddy got it, the next day it had spread to mama (ME!), and then by the end of that same day the cold spread to both of the children all the way down to the 4 year old.
You know how that goes!
The children were fussy and miserable, throwing up, messy running noses…
If something like this happens, now we can’t take it lightly, we have to nuke it with Echinacea.
During this day, the children had 2 separate cups of Echinacea at 2 different times during this day. As nasty as the cold was, it was gone in less 24hrs.
(Quick Tip: Of course, I also did some other motherly old-fashioned things like rubbing Vick’s Vapor Rub on their chest and under their noses. Having Hall’s honey and lemon cough drops on hand. Also, it’s winter and we have the heater and fireplace going regularly. So, if you’re not careful, during this time of year the air in the house can get a little dry. It may also be a good idea to buy a humidifier and mix a little Vick’s Vapor Rub in the water to blast it in the atmosphere and keep a little moisture in the air.)
No one in our family gets vaccines, but rarely does anything like this effect us. Even during the worse of flu seasons, when combating it with Echinacea my children has not gone sick for more than a 3 day span.
Don’t Wait Until You Get Sick to Try Echinacea
Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent.
Colds and Viruses like the flu can usually slip through the crack if we haven’t at least be taking our weekly dose of Echinacea to keep our immune systems uplifted. That includes…ALL of us!
Because, just like what happened above, ONE PERSON in the household caught slipping can set everyone else back.
So, don’t wait until you or someone in your household is sick and uncomfortable. It may be a good idea, to casually drink Echinacea at least once per week, to keep your internal “good guy” bacteria BOOSTED and STRONG, ready to fight off any foreign unwanted invaders “bad bacteria” that could make you sick.
What is Echinacea, Exactly?
Echinacea is an herb flower, in the daisy family. It is sometimes known as the Coneflower. There are 10 different species of Echinacea. They are typically only found in Central and Eastern North America.
What Are Some More of Echicacea’s Benefits?
Echinacea is most widely used for flu symptoms, sore throat, and immune boosting.
Remember, Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent.
Echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days.
But is also helps with:
- acid indigestion
- attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- genital herpes
- gum disease
- rattlesnake bite
- septicemia – bloodstream infection
- Strep Throat (streptococcus infection)
- urinary tract infection
- vaginal yeast infection
- Combats Cancer
- Relieves Pain
- Works as Laxative
- Uveitis, or eye inflammation
- rheumatoid arthritis
- Improves skin problems
- Skin Infections
- Stings and Bites
- Wound Healing
- Social phobias
- Acute Sinuses (Sinusitis)
- Common Cold
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Whooping Cough
- And More
How I Prepare Echinacea
One of the most powerful ways to consume herbal teas is by doing a Tea Infusion (I will explain more of this below).
However, if you are just wanting something fast then prepare a cup in the microwave. I will typically drench a tea bag, put the microwave on 2 minutes, then open the microwave and push and squish the bag around a bit, in the water, with my spoon.
Then I will let it sit and steep for at least 10 minutes. Then I will turn the microwave on for another minute or so, repeat the pushing and squishing around the tea bag with my spoon and let it cool enough to drink.
For the tea kettle I put in my tea bag and put a reasonable amount of water into the tea kettle. (Don’t overdo it or when it starts to boil and whistle, your tea kettle may begin to spit out water if it’s too full.)
Bring it to a boil and whistle for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the kettle from heat and let the tea bag continue to steep, until the tea is cool enough to drink.
Tea Infusions- You Can Also Use Your Tea Kettle for This
Tea infusions are perhaps the most powerful, effective ways to drink tea. People have used the tea infusioning process to heal some serious illnesses and diseases, and even to treat infertility.
So, how do you infuse tea?
The point of the process is to let as much of the “goodness” and potency from the herb infuse into the water, as possible.
How to Make Herbal Infusions?
It’s very simple. Just boil 1 quart of water. Put 1 cup of dried herbs in a 1-quart jar. Pour the boiling water over the herbs up to the top of the jar.
Cover the jar with a lid and let steep for at least 4 to 8 hours for hardy flowers or leaves, and for 8-10 hours for roots.
You can make the infusion in the evening and strain in the morning.
After steeping, just strain and refrigerate. Keep refrigerated for up to 48 hours.
Drinking your infusions any time after 48 hours, the proteins will start to break down and the taste of your infusion will be off.
You can serve your herbal infusion hot, warm, at room temperature, or cold.
It’s also alright to add brown sugar, honey, and other sweetener.
Disclaimer: Of course, when in doubt or if certain conditions are present, it is always a safe bet for consult with your physician.