~ elderberry: antiviral, antibacterial, immunomodulator, diaphoretic, laxative, diuretic, anti-rheumatic, emunctory stimulant, anti-neuralgic, alterative, carminative, emetic, high in vitamin C & B. Shortens the duration of cold and flu. Improves the response of the immune system. It helps strengthen cell calls to defend against disease.
~ cinnamon: has a warming, stimulating energy that enhances circulation throughout the body. As a carminative, cinnamon aids in the digestion of fats and settles indigestion. It is helpful for stabilizing blood sugar and lowering cholesterol. In addition to their antioxidant action, its volatile oils lend antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties which may be helpful in the case of infection. Cinnamon is a demulcent, producing a slippery mucilage, but it can also have an astringent, drying effect and is used as an expectorant for congested conditions. Cinnamon has an anti-inflammatory action on the body’s tissues and is said to boost cognitive function and memory.
~ hibiscus: heart tonic, antioxidant, cholesterol lowering, diuretic, hypotensive, astringent, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial. It can help to sooth irritated tissues, fight any infection that may be causing inflammation and irritation that manifests as a sore throat or cough. High in vitamin c.
~ ashwaganda: Calming Ayurvedic herb traditionally used to promote a balanced response to stress. Adaptogen, alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, aphrodisiac, anxiolytic, bitter, immunomodulator, thermogenic, sedative, stimulant, reproductive tonic, hypotensive, hypnotic. It has been shown to decrease cortisol levels in persons under chronic stress, restore healthy adrenal function, and normalize the sympathetic nervous system. This sleep inducing herb has a tranquillizing effect that reduces tension and irritability, relieves anxiety and relaxes muscles. Promotes a deep sleep while replenishing, rebuilding and restoring. Supports healthy functioning of the adrenals and reproductive system.
Suggested use: Add 1-2tbsp. to 1 cup of hot water or milk of choice to support immune system.