• 1 ounce echinacea root
  • 1/2 ounce Siberian ginseng (aka eleutherococcus)
  • 1 pint water
  • 8 ounces chamomile
  • 8 ounces dehydrated sugar cane juice


Add echinacea and ginseng to water. Simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add chamomile, cover pan and swish around. Let steep for about 10 minutes. Strain, and add dehydrated cane juice.

Dosage: 1 teaspoon every 1 to 2 hours, at the first sign of a cold; up to 4 teaspoons in 24 hours, for children age 2 to 11. On the second day, reduce dosage to 1/2, or stop.

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Amanda McQuade Crawford, host of What a Relief!, is a medical herbalist consultant, improving quality control within the natural products industry. She is the author of two popular books on women’s health, “The Herbal Menopause Book” and “Herbal Remedies for Women” and a contributing author to two recent books on natural medicine: “The New Menopause Book” and the text “Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants.” She currently explores for urban weeds and grows an organic herb garden in the wilds of Los Angeles.