Ditch the NyQuil for these healing herbs 🌿

Ditch the NyQuil for these healing herbs 🌿

NyQuil is a quick fix, sure.

But there are other better options for those of us who are in love with the Earth and her gifts.

This is a little tea blend that you can use whenever you need a good night’s sleep, in particular when you are sick or feel like you might be coming down with something. 
This blend is packed with nutrients, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, anti-virals, antimicrobials, nervines (to soothe your nervous system), and sedatives so that you can have sweet dreams while being nourished.
'With more than 600 medicines containing acetaminophen, people mistakenly overdose on the product, which can lead to liver failure' (U of U Health Authors & Marketing and Communication, 2015)
NyQuil contains things like dextromethorphan (DXM), antihistamines, phenylephrine, and acetaminophen, which in small doses are safe, however they still enact a burden on your liver, respiratory system, and carries risk of abuse for anyone with underlying addiction disorders.
Consider that an individual shouldn’t take more than 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen in a single day (and even less for adults over age 65), and each capsule of NyQuil contains 325 mg of acetaminophen (Acetaminophen: MedlinePlus Drug Information, n.d.). Directions recommend to take 2 capsules every 6 hours…which would bring the daily dose to 2600 mg. This is a tremendous burden on the liver for any body, especially when repeated for days in a row, and not to mention, if taking any other over the counter medicines that may contain acetaminophen or taking into consideration other drug interactions. 
If you have my Winter Wellness Guide and you may be concerned about how much acetaminophen you have taken, hop to the section on N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Of course, it can be safe to use NyQuil in small doses, but if you’re drawn to the path of the plants, then this blend will serve as an elevated option for you when you are in need of rest and nourishment.
Passionflower and Skullcap are potent nervines and sedatives that relax the central nervous system, as well as having cardio protective abilities, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Elderberries & Thyme are both potent antivirals, antimicrobials, and antibacterials, boosting the immune system and help to more quickly reduce cold and flu symptoms.
Ginger & Cinnamon are both warming and have potent anti-inflammatory abilities, as well as extremely beneficial for gut health, and not to mention they taste delicious.

Raw Honey is loaded with antioxidants, as well as has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, is soothing on a sore throat, and also tastes delicious.
If you are building your home apothecary, these are herbs that would be excellent staples in your arsenal so that you can blend you or your family up a blend of this tea and get some well needed rest.
I hope this helps whoever needs it and I hope this message finds you at exactly the right time.
From my heart to yours.
xo, Greta
If you are interested in learning more about herbalism and staying healthy (during the cold & flu season and beyond), please check out my Winter Wellness Guide.

It is a comprehensive guide containing a multitude of gems to help make your body and immune system stronger and robust no matter what time of year.


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