This simple echinacea tea blend offers a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals to support your body as echinacea propels your system into self-defense mode. I prefer elderberry’s flavor personally, so they’re always my choice, but rosehips or hibiscus are a good substitute if you like the more tart, floral flavor they provide.

Be sure to get your echinacea root from a responsible, sustainable source. Echinacea was harvested to near extinction in its natural habitat in the last century. Since then, a goodly number of farms have begun growing echinacea sustainably, offering us all access to echinacea’s medicine without harming his presence in the wilderness.

Ingredients

  • One part echinacea root, purpleia and augustofolis each one part or two of whatever you can get
  • One part nettle
  • One part oat straw
  • One part either elderberry or rosehips or hibiscus

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon
  • a resealable container large enough to hold the finished product
  • a label

Procedure

  1. Pour the herbs into the mixing bowl and gently stir them with a spoon. Try not to break up the plant parts since this will release the essential oils.
  2. Pour the mix into a resealable container.
  3. Label the container with the name of the mix, ingredients and date mixed.

Storage and Use

Keep your tea blend in a sealed jar in a cool, dry place, like your pantry. Use the cold infusion or hot infusion method to make your tea using a quarter cup of tea blend for each quart of water. Or, make your tea a cup at a time using a tablespoon of tea for every 8 to 10 ounces of water.