How to Make The Perfect Cup of Echinacea Tea To Boost Your Immune System

Echinacea tea can be made with either fresh or dried plant material.  If you’re using fresh echinacea for tea, you’ll need about twice as much for a tea of the same strength.  Start with 1/4 cup of loose leaf dried echinacea (or 1/2 cup fresh homegrown echinacea) and pour about 8 ounces of boiling water over the herb.  Allow the mixture to steep for about 15 minutes.  

Some of the hot water will absorb into the plant material, leaving you with just the right amount to fill a standard size 6-ounce mug.

To be perfectly honest, plain echinacea tea isn’t exactly tasty, and cannot be described as “the perfect cup” by any stretch of the imagination.  To make a great cup of echinacea tea, you’ll need to add in other herbs to improve the flavor and ideally increase the medicinal benefits.

If you want to help boost the medicinal content of your echinacea tea blend, try mixing it with any of the following herbs:

Elderberry or elderflower
Rose Hips
Wild Lettuce

This homemade echinacea tea is just what the doctor ordered to help clear up a cold.  Echinacea boosts the immune system while lemongrass and peppermint help clear the sinuses.

1/4 cup echinacea dried
1 tsp lemongrass dried
1 tsp mint dried

Mix all three herbs together and then add 8 ounces of boiling water.  

Allow the mixture to steep for about 15 minutes. 

Enjoy plain or with honey.

Recipe Notes
Large batches of this can be made in advance and stored until needed.  To make 1 cup of tea, use a heaping 1/4 cup of the mixture.

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