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WISDOM FROM THE WILD CHILD GARDEN: February 2022: ANTIVIRAL HERBS: PART II:

Antiviral essential oils like anise, basil, bay laurel, bergamot, carrot, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, oregano, sweet orange, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, vetiver, and ylang ylang are ideal for purifying the air. If a diffuser is not available, stove top potpourri is an excellent substitute.


Anti-viral aromatherapy combats airborne germs and prevents the spread of a virus.


Diffuser Blends:

• 3 drops lemongrass + 2 drops tea tree + 1 drop basil.

• 5 drops tea tree + 2 drops lemongrass + 4 drops clove.

• 1 drop cinnamon + 5 drops sweet orange + 4 drops ginger.

• 2 drops eucalyptus + 2 drops thyme + 7 drops lemon.

• 2 drops cinnamon + 2 drops carrot + 4 drops eucalyptus + 4 drops rosemary.

• 10 drops clove + 9 drops lemon + 5 drops cinnamon + 4 drops eucalyptus.


Use these stovetop potpourri blends instead:

• Fresh lemongrass + 2 drops tea tree + fresh sweet basil leaves.

• 5 drops tea tree + fresh lemongrass + whole cloves.

• 2 cinnamon stick + fresh orange slices + fresh ginger root.

• 2 drops eucalyptus + fresh thyme sprigs + fresh lemon slices.

• 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 drops carrot + 4 drops eucalyptus +fresh rosemary spikes.

• Whole cloves + fresh lemon slices + 2 cinnamon sticks + 4 drops eucalyptus.

Here is another anti-viral tea recipe for those times when warmth is a must.


Turkey Tail & Turmeric Tea Recipe:

Ingredients: 5 cups water, 1 cup chopped turkey tail mushroom, 2.5 teaspoons ground turmeric, ½ teaspoon local raw honey, 1 teaspoon lemon peel, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger, and 1 slice astragalus root.


Directions:

• Chop the turkey tail mushroom into small pieces.

• Add pieces to a large pot of water.

• Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for an hour.

• Strain the mixture through a colander.

• Add turmeric and the honey and stir.

• Add the lemon peel and stir again.

• Enjoy!
















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