Balsam root syrup (honey)
Taste/Qualities: pungent, sweet, warming, drying (but made moistening with the honey), stimulating and delectable
USE: As an aromatic expectorant, it has a strong affinity for the lungs by helping to clear out and fight an infection. Moore describes it as a combination between Echinacea and Osha. He purports that it has similar immune stimulating compounds to Echinacea, while containing those delicious resins and oils you find in Osha root. I used it in a tincture formula with Turkey tail mushroom and as a immune syrup cordial with Eldberberry for a recent head cold and found that it helped tremendously and made the experience better just by the pungent taste. The seeds, young fresh leaves and petioles have been used as food by natives.
DOSAGE: For an impending cold take a generous tablespoon at least 3x a day. Don’t feel bad if you find yourself using it as your dessert every once in awhile. If you find yourself surrounded by sick children during the flu season, I’d take a tablespoon before and after my interactions with them.
Taste/Qualities: sour and sweet, cooling
USE: The berries contain flavonoids so are useful in cooling off hot irritated conditions with skin or allergic reactions by opening up vessels of the body. Elderberry is most widely utilized for colds and flus and especially indicated for viral infections. The seeds if eaten raw can cause nausea or vomiting. No seeds in this tincture.
Dosage: for allergies 15-30 drops for acute symptoms and impending cold 15-30 drops 3 x a day. Preventative along with sleep and diet for colds/flus 15 drops 1 x a day.
USE: As a topical oil, great for first aid use in burns, injuries, swellings, brusings, and other ailments of the skin. Most known for helping to alleviate matters of damp heat such as eczema or moist skin rashes, fungal infections of the skin. Also in cases of painful hemorrhoids.
to infected area where there are wounds, sores, burns, any skin inflammation.