Bad Ass Antiviral
Elder Berry (diaphoretic, expectorant, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-catarrhal) 1 part
Elder Flower (acrid, bitter, cool, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, de-toxicant) 1 part
Lemon Balm (cooling, spicy, sour, calming, sedative) 1 part
Cleavers (astringent, bitter, cooling) 1 part
Yarrow & Elder Flower Essences (2 drops each)
1part = 1/2 oz for a 2 oz. bottle
This is one of my favorite blends for those who love to avoid doctors and couching it when the flu season is floating around! My dear friend, teacher and colleague Daisy Marquis (The Shanti School Master Herbalist/Energy Healer) offered a key ingredient to my formula when I first started Vital Yogi Herbals (back in 2011)….the Lemon Balm piece. It is a powerful antiviral, even in just ‘drop’ dosages (2-5 drops/dose), but because it is in the mint family it is also very gentle. At the time I hadn’t worked a lot with Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) but as it is in the magical workings of Nature, as soon as we notice something or fall in love with it, we see it everywhere (which inevitably means in herbalism, it ‘calls’ you left and right, and so you use it left and right!)
I’m giving this formula out because I feel it is so important to share information these days. Particularly info that is affordable, effective and easy to access. The fact that many of these plants are found right in our own backyards or nearby woods (both east and west coast) is even more enticing. I cannot stress how cool it is to learn about the plants around you!!! It is useful for your own health (as well as family & friends) and breathes a deeper connection and awareness to our Earth. Feeling love for our planet creates a desire to care for it, which as a human race is something we need to wake up to quickly!
When we learn about plants Nature opens up to us, like a book of wisdom or a conversation of depth and beauty. A win-win situation! I know that there is iffy politics around selling herbal medicines (the FDA is cracking down on really amazing herbalists and products right now) but circulating plant knowledge is still positively A-OK…
SO…..if you have made tinctures before and have them sitting on your shelf as simples, this formula is a nice one to concoct on a rainy, craft, or medicine making day. Buy yourself 2oz cobalt blue or amber dropper bottles, labels and a gelly pen. Make some Bad Ass blends for yourself or as gifts for a friend. If you know how to gather these plants (ethically of course and this requires a separate article) & can tincture them (another article), you would do so singly and then mix together. You can also purchase each remedy from your local herbalist (which is way cheaper than Whole Foods or a health food store) and make your own medicine. Its great to have a bad ass antiviral blend handy and tinctures keep for years.
About the Blend:
Rich with powerful plants that assist our immune system’s optimum performance, the Bad Ass Blend is both tasty & effective. It includes the invaluable Elder (which is a one-plant apothecary in its own right), Lemon Balm (antiviral & tasty nervous system supporter), & Cleavers (known as ‘nature’s first Velcro’ & a powerful blood cleanser). Cleavers are AMAZING in helping move lymph, which is a huge key towards heath. In my yoga classes I like to add a bit of shaking or bouncing to get this system activated. Folks love it. I think of Cleavers tincture as the plant equivalent to trampoline bouncing in a bottle!! Wheeee!
The flower essences in the formula give additional support on the energetic realm because many physical ailments begin as energy and if not cleared or dealt with, then manifest in the body. Yarrow flower essence helps reweave the energetic fibers that create our aura, which is the subtle counterpart to our skin. Just like the skin, our subtle body protects us from environmental toxins & pathogens. Certain life situations such as traumas and former drug use perforate the aura, leaving open spaces for unwanted energies to attach to us. Yarrow strengthens the aura and the vital inner being in a way that makes this plant an ally as it reminds us of our innate power. I consider it the warrior of the herbal kingdom. The elder flower, another warrior, blooms many tiny flowers in circular white clusters with what appears to be mini arrows in their center. This signature reveals the strength and protection offered by this amazing plant, cultivating our own strength and vitality, particularly with the throat (great for sore or weak throats), the throat chakra (willpower and creative integrity) and the solar plexus (our seat of individual power.)