While the hyssop, chamomile and catnip in this Cold and Respiratory Tea are among the herbs that boast calming qualities that will help you manage a cold, the yerba sante, yallow flower and thyme can soothe your congestion and cough. Debra Brammer, ND, clinical dean of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, presented this recipe during a talk called "Herbs to Support Immunity," part of the 2011 Living Naturally fall lecture series at the clinic. Watch the talk in its entirety and view Dr. Brammer’s other immune-boosting recipes via the article “Bastyr Dean Shares Recipes for Immunity.”
Mix together and use 1 rounded teaspoon per mug of hot water, or 2 tablespoons per tea pot. Steep 3 to 5 minutes, depending on taste. Do not oversteep as it becomes bitter. Drink throughout the day for upper and lower respiratory congestion and body aches and pains.