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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Herbal Medicine Chest ~ My "Mypos Cure"

How many of you watched Perfect Strangers as a kid? Do you remember Larry getting terribly sick and Balki making his famous "Mypos Cure" that made Larry's eyes roll back in his head?

Well, I have my own little version of the "Mypos Cure" that I like to keep on hand for cold and flu season.  I don't think my recipe is quite as unique as Balki's and far more palatable but it does the trick when colds and flu are making you miserable.

Mix the following in a pint jar.
  • 1/4C raw local honey *~ used to promote energy and healing, antiseptic, includes many essential nutrients and vitamins and minerals.
  • 1/4C fresh lemon juice ~ cooling, astringent  and healing, also pH balancing
  • 1/4C water
  • 1tsp. fresh grated ginger ~ stimulates circulation (chills), promotes sweating (break a fever), prevents vomiting, soothes stomach, antispasmodic (for tickling throat and stomach tissue), astringent (cleansing, healing), expectorant (coughing) 
  • 2 large clove of garlic ~ naturally antibiotic, has antihistamine properties (itchy, runny nose), digestive (queasy stomach), expectorant (coughing), warming
  • a generous dash of cayenne pepper ~ antiseptic, antibacterial, warming (no kidding?)
  • 2-3 sticks of astragalus ~ increase production of white bloods cells, strengthens immune response and defense energy, antibacterial
  • Optional - 1/4C spiced rum - I like to use Captain Morgan's. Besides being warming and relaxing, it's a bit of a cough suppressant, soothes sore throats.  
Be sure to add the blend to hot tea to disperse the alcohol if using with children or folks who are sensitive to alcohol.

Shake well.
You can use this right away but if it's possible, allow it to steep for a least a day @ room temp. 
You can strain this if you want but I like to leave the solids in the jar.
Store in the fridge for up to 3 months. 

Adults 2 Tbsp 2-3 times a day
Teens 1 Tbsp 2-3 times a day
Children 1 tsp 2-3 times a day in hot tea
*Do not give to children less than 1 year of age.

You'll make that funny scrunchy face and do the head shake thing when you take it straight but it's worth it!
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Happy Herbal Healing!

Much herbal love,


  1. I have to try the Mypos Cure! This is great, I love learning about new home remedies..I'm sharing about the Master Tonic this time...I'm adding your blog to my Pinterest as one of my favorite blogs..

    Have a great week!

  2. This is the time for the winter herbals. Thanks for letting me link up.

  3. It took me time to read all the tips, but I clearly loved the post. It proved to be very helpful to me and I’m certain to all of the commenters here!


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