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Herbal Tonic for Autumn Immunity

Aug 31, 2020 11:00AM ● By Tiffany Davies
As the seasons shift from the Pitta-ruled months of summer to the Vata-governed months of winter, our metabolisms start to slow down, just as cold and flu season begins to approach. We watch the hours of daylight diminish as we feel the air growing dryer and cooler, all while busily preparing ourselves to resume our hectic fall schedules. As our energy begins to turn inward, we can assist our bodies and minds through this transitional time by maintaining balance and strength with these grounding immune-amphoterics, uplifting nourishing nootropics and moistening liver and digestive system tonics.*  

Yields 2 to 3 servings

2 tsp astragalus root,

1 tsp gotu kola

½ tsp rosemary

2 tsp dandelion root

2 tsp burdock root

1 tsp fennel

½ tsp orange peel

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp vanilla bean

Add the herbs to 32 ounces of water and heat on a stovetop, just below the simmering point, in a lidded glass pot, for 30 minutes. Strain well. Add 2 teaspoons reishi extract powder (also a mild adaptogen and comforting nervine), 2 teaspoons chaga extract powder to the decoction and stir well. Pour 16 ounces into a thermos and sip throughout the day.

Store the remainder in the refrigerator for the next day. If it’s too strong, you may water the 16 oz down to your preference and add honey, if desired. If you do develop acute cold or flu symptoms, replace the astragalus with thyme and add some ginger if the symptoms are cold and damp. For more medicinal tisanes, visit our website, 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This recipe is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your doctor before use, especially if you have a medical condition or are on medication. Refrain from giving honey to children under the age of 2.