Barb's Cold Comfort Tea

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Roosie

This recipe is from the book "Herbal Teas". It is supposed to be good for colds, but it has a nice flavor for everyday use too. Echinancea is useful for fighting off colds and flu, especially at the onset of symptoms. Catnip eases symptoms of colds, flus and bronchitis and is very calming and relaxing. Yarrow is useful for the onset of colds anf flu and can cause heat flushing, which is good for breaking a fever. Lemon balm contains antiviral components, good for fighting colds and flu. Barb Fahs, the creator of this tea recommends decocting it to make the tea stronger and have more visible results, but I usually will just brew it. I have included instructions for either method. Time is for the decoction process. The recipe can also easily be reducted or increased, just keep the proportions the same.

Top Review by Rita1652

I was not sure if ingredient were to be dried or fresh. But I did use both! The echinacea root I used was dried so I opted for 1 teaspoon being it `s stronger in that state. The mint, lemon balm, and yarrow was fresh from the garden using 1 tablespoon of each, catnip disappeared from my garden :( (I sure the cats enjoyed it). I added some honey and lemon. I did add a bit of dried Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) which also helps with coughs and bronchitis being an expectorant, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, adrenal agent, antispasmodic, mild laxative, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antitoxic. This tea is NOT recommended if nursing or pregnant moms to be. Thanks for keeping us healthy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon echinacea root
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint leaf
  • 1 tablespoon catnip, leaves
  • 1 tablespoon yarrow leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon balm leaves
  • honey, if desired
  • lemon, if desired


  1. To Decoct: Add 1 cup of water and about 1/4 tsp echinacea to a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer, covered for 20 minutes.
  3. Combine the other herbs and add about 1 tsp of the mixture to the pot.
  4. Stir well, remove from heat, cover and steep 10-15 minutes.
  5. Strain and serve hot with honey and lemon, if desired.
  6. To Brew: Combine all ingredients.
  7. Boil water, pour one cup over one tsp of herbs for each cub.
  8. Steep 10-15 minutes.
  9. Strain and serve hot with honey and lemon, if desired.

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