An oxymel is a tasty ancient remedy specific to the respiratory system. It addresses productive coughs and other bronchial complaints involving a lot of mucous. The sweet and sour base of vinegar and honey can be used alone, or infused with herbs.
We infuse elderberries, ginger and elecampane into this blend of apple cider vinegar and local honey to make a tasty and effective remedy for the cold and flu.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Well known for its ability to soothe heartburn and lower cholesterol and blood pressure, apple cider vinegar is also great at extracting bone building minerals from herbs. Its action as a gentle expectorant, and its ability to concentrate the action of healing herbs specific to the lungs, makes it a great addition to cold and flu remedies.
Used for thousands of years as a preservative, as well as food and medicine, honey is a must have in your herbal medicine cabinet. It soothes and heals burns, inhibits the growth of pathogens, and as every mother knows, quickly soothes a sore throat.
The berries of the elder shrub provide amazing support to the immune system, and are famous for preventing and shortening the duration of colds and flu. The H1N1 scare of 2009 provided an opportunity to test elderberries against the virus, and the results were astounding! Elder berries are full of flavonoids (compounds responsible for disrupting a virus' ability to replicate), making the effective in destroying the virus, and have subsequently been found to be effective against many other flu viruses and upper respiratory infections.
Ginger is the go to herb for the expectant mother who's experiencing nausea, or the nautical traveler dealing with a bit of sea sickness. It's also well known for its anti-inflammatory actions, making it a great natural aid for reducing the pain of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Ginger's bite is an indication of its warming ability. Are you frequently the only on in the room with a sweater on? A cup of ginger tea can warm you up from the inside. Chills, congested coughs and stuffy sinuses associated with cold and flu can be also relieved with a strong cup of ginger tea.
The roots of this sunflower-like perennial have the powerful ability to clear infections from the lungs and mobilize stagnant mucous. It makes a great addition to any herbal preparation used to address the cold and flu.
Can be taken by the spoonful every 2-4 hours during an active cold or flu infection, decreasing frequency as symptoms improve. It's also effective in other congestive bronchial conditions. Because this herbal preparation contains honey, it is not advised for use in children under 1 year of age.
Keep in mind that not all herbs and herbal preparations are effective for all persons.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Contraindications may exist. Consult expert medical advice before using during pregnancy. Keep out of the reach of children.*