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Healing Medicine from Rosemary Gladstar

Healing Medicine from Rosemary Gladstar

When world-renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar was growing up, she loved to roam the Vermont hills with her grandmother gathering wild herbs. It was flu season when we spoke to her at her Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Barre, Vermont, and she told us how her granny survived the terrible Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918–with herbal remedies that boosted her immune system. Gladstar shared her granny’s favorite natural formula for staying healthy:

“My granny was a real medicine woman, and she recognized every plant that grew in our area. ‘Look,’ she’d say, showing me a flower with yellow petals, ‘that’s coltsfoot. Your dad had a bad cough when he was your age and I made him a syrup with this. It stopped the cough in its tracks.’ It was my grandmother who inspired my passionate interest in herbs–I just never stopped wanting to learn more about them. Granny was a young girl when the Spanish flu hit this country; thousands and thousands of people died. She told me it was her herbal formulas that kept her and her family alive.”

Here is Rosemary’s Granny’s favorite recipe for a detoxifying, immune-boosting tea that will help to keep you in the pink of health.

Granny Gladstar’s Healing, Immune-Boosting Formula


1 part dried Echinacea flowers
1 part dried astragalus
1/2 part crushed ginger
1/2 part grated horseradish

Combine ingredients in a lidded jar and fill jar with organic apple cider vinegar. Allow to steep in the fridge, shaking it daily, for 2 weeks. Strain out solid ingredients and give a dropperful of the liquid in tomato juice or tea, 3 times a day.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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9:48PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Thanks for the great post. Nice pic, too.

7:39PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Thank you for sharing

9:52PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

One worth a try, thanks for the information!

2:20PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

I copied it all, thank you

1:23AM PST on Feb 5, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:40PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

thanks for a new recipe. Always looking to add to my collection.

10:13AM PDT on Jul 6, 2010


7:49AM PDT on Jul 5, 2010

I love Rosemary Gladstar. Thank you for this post.

7:49AM PDT on Jul 5, 2010

Adam, I think you just stick it in the refrigerator, not the freezer. You are steeping the herbs in vinegar so it should keep.

1:39PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

Brilliant, thanks!

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