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Herbal Syrups, Soups, and Infusions for Strengthening Immunity

By Robin Bennett
Posted in Blog, Recipes
On October 11, 2021

(Originally posted as a newsletter 10/11/21. If you are not signed up for my newsletters, signup here!

Herbal Syrups, Soups, and Infusions for Strengthening Immunity
Tonight at 6:30 and available by recording afterward

Hello Friends!

Autumn is fully in the air now and this is the most important time to fortify your system in order to stay healthy as we prepare for the transition into the colder season of winter.

I want to remind you that I begin my three week series tonight on Herbal Syrups, Soups and Infusions to strengthen Immunity. I’ve been learning from the plants for 35 years now and I have a wealth of information and recipes to share with you, and we’ll have a lot of fun, too! Join me if you can!

Here are three of my favorite remedies for you!

Put 2-3 tablespoons of dried basil, loose or in a filter or tea ball, into a pint jar or a mug. You can use any species of basil (Occimum) such as Genovese, Tulsi, Thai , etc.
Pour boiling water over the herbs and cover the mug with a lid or plate. Let sit for 15-30 minutes. This is calming and helps strengthen the respiratory system to fend off colds and flu.

1 cup fresh thyme (or 1⁄2 cup dried)
2–3-inch piece of fresh ginger root
Unflavored brandy
Honey (raw, buckwheat if possible)

Cut up the fresh thyme, and grate the fresh ginger (if organic, include the peel).
Put the herbs into a pint or slightly larger jar.

Pour brandy to cover the herbs. Top up the rest of the jar with honey. Stir it all in together well. Cap the jar and wait 6 weeks. If you can’t wait, use it by the teaspoon or tablespoon, and then top up the jar again with brandy or honey.

When it’s ready, pour off the liquid and squeeze out the herbs;
or leave them in and use just the liquid.

Take 30–60 drops of the elixir in tea or hot water,
or drink it straight by the teaspoon, tablespoon or shot glass.

Not only does this delicious remedy bring about a general sense of euphoria, it is anti-inflammatory, and strengthens your lungs, and prevents and/or helps heal bronchitis.


2–3-inch length of fresh ginger root (or to taste)
1 cup fresh rosemary leaves (or 1⁄2 cup dried)
Any good aged-in-oak brandy

Chop or grate the ginger, and cut up the rosemary leaves. Put them into a one-pint jar. Amounts can be adjusted to your taste (and adjust accordingly if you use a larger jar). Fill the jar to the top with brandy. Wait 6 weeks or longer. Decant.

Warming and yummy, you don’t really need a medicinal excuse to drink this! But it is great at improving your circulation, and helps your heart!

And there are hundreds more recipes like these in my book, The Gift of Healing Herbs- Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life!

Herbal Syrups, Soups and Infusions to Strengthen your Immune System begins tonight!

Register here: https://www.opencenter.org/strengthening-immunity
Class begins tonight at 6:30 online and is available by recording afterward. 

Green Blessings and much love,
Robin Rose

Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett

Robin Rose Bennett is a writer, teacher, green witch, herbalist, and a wisewoman… one who loves the earth and gives voice to the healing wild food and medicine plants which surround us. She has been a practicing herbalism for over 30 years, based in New Jersey & NYC. Robin focuses on the spiritual and ecological lessons of plants and treatment of illness.