November 12

Herbal Tussin Tea


Few things are as comforting during cold and flu season as a hot cup of tea. Just the feeling of the warm brew as you drink it down, and inhaling the steam as it rises from the cup, makes a body sick with the “ick”feel better. I especially appreciate a tea that can help keep my lungs clear, while also cutting down on the aches and pain that come with respiratory infections like the flu. The blend I came up with I call, “Herbal Tussin Tea”.

This tea has seen several incarnations. And earlier version of it can be found here. The differences are subtle, but this newer version seems to work better than my earlier posted version. Please note that parts are by volume. I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup for this. The scale in the photo was used in packaging up the tea into bags of 2 ounces (by weight) each.

Herbal Tussin Tea


  • 6 parts hyssop flower
  • 3 parts mullein leaf
  • 3 parts slippery elm
  • 2 parts marshmallow leaf
  • 2 part clove
  • 1 part colt’s foot (aerial parts)
  • 1 part speedwell
  • 1 part spearmint leaf
  • 1 part licorice root
  • 1 part thyme leaf

When I made the first version of this tea, I was dealing with an acute case of bronchitis. But, I needed just a bit more kick in it to kick out the bronchitis. The extra hyssop, the marshmallow cold infusion (and substituted marshmallow leaf in the blend), and the inclusion of speedwell did the trick, and breathing became much easier and more expansive.

Unless you have a kidney problem or known bad reaction to licorice, this is a tea to drink freely throughout the day. Steep a tablespoon of the herbal tea in 6 cups of hot water, covered. I usually just put the lid from the smallest pot I have on top of my tea cup. Use a tea ball or other mesh strainer to catch the loose herbs.

Want More Herbal Remedies?

Be sure to check out my books, Prepper’s Natural Medicine, Prepping for a Pandemic, and The COVID-19 Survival Manual. There is a ton of herbal, health, and preparedness information in them to keep you going strong through any disaster.


Herbal Tussin Tea

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