I grow a lot of my own herbs in my organic garden. Many of the things that we use as culinary herbs or foods are useful Chinese remedies. Walnuts, for example, are used in Chinese herbal medicine to strengthen lung function. Generally the fresher the herb the stronger its action.
Here’s a recipe for a concoction that I’ve been treating friends and family with.
This is a cold remedy for the type of cold that starts with a headache, sore throat, runny nose and perhaps some body aches, then ends up as a cough.
Spring Cold Peppermint Tea
In a mug of boiling water drop:
- 2 tips of fresh peppermint (with 4 or so leaves each)
- 1 thumb nail sized piece of fresh ginger
- 1/4 bashed piece of liquorice twig
- 2 tips of fresh nettles
- 1 walnut half
- 1/2 teaspoon of local honey (not if you’re pregnant)
leave to brew for 5 minutes then drink.