Boneset syrup

Bottled boneset syrup

Fresh from the refrigerator . . . boneset syrup.  I made this a couple weeks ago in preparation for winter cold and flu season.  I was unsure if I would need it since I do not often get colds (although last year I succcumbed for a while).  Surprise!  I started feeling badly and checked in with my MAP team about what herbs I could use to help alleviate my symptoms. I pulled out and began using the boneset syrup for two-three days, along with boneset tea and goldenrod tea (which I’ve been drinking daily since I started drying the goldenrod).  It worked!  I am feeling much better and believe I have bypassed any symptoms more severe than a tickle in the throat, sore eyes and swollen lymph glands in the neck area.  Of course, it helps to get plenty of sleep and drink more water, too.

I used the basic recipe outlined by Patricia Kyritsi Howell in Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians.  Here are some photos of parts of the process . . .

Boneset

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Sumac berries

Harvested smooth sumac (Rhus glabra) berries

Sumac berries in water

Crushed sumac berries infusing cool water for ten minutes

Sumac berry infusion

Strained sumac berry infusion

Sweet everlasting in basket

Freshly harvested sweet everlasting, aka rabbit tobacco (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium)

Mullein

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

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