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  • Writer's pictureGabriele Wolf PhD ND

Yarrow and Elderflower Tea

This is a version of a very old Western herbal formula for colds and flu. It’s effective for relieving general discomfort, but gentle enough for most people and even children. Both elderflowers and yarrow are relaxing diaphoretics, making this blend especially well suited for people with fevers who feel hot and restless. For best results, sip this frequently over the course of an hour or so, rather than all at once. Putting it in a small thermos will keep it warm.

Peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, or even bee balm are wonderful mints to use in this blend. This is a strong tasting tea. If you have a sensitive palate, you might want to start with less yarrow or steep for less time.


¼ cup dried yarrow leaves and flowers

¼ cup dried elderflowers

2 tbsp. dried rose hips cut and sifted or ¼ cup dried whole rose hips

Big pinch I’d dried mint, any type

2 cups of water

Honey, to taste (optional)


1. Place all the herbs in a pint jar.

2. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Pour the water over the herbs, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.

3. Strain. Add honey to taste, if desired. Sip while warm.

Yield: 2 cups

Source: Wild Remedies

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