Winter Herbs For Your Blood Type
by Colleen Hulett, herbalist

When Robin (webmaster) asked me to formulate four winter tea recipes corresponding with Dr. D'Adamo's book Eat Right For Your Blood Type I thought it would be a simple task. I was wrong. Dr. D'Adamo has a very short list of herbs that he has tested thus leaving out many fantastic herbs for the winter season that I use in my formulations. Also, some herbs he uses were not listed for all blood types (e.g. astragalus and oregano). Nevertheless I discovered that some of my favourite herbs are great for all blood types.

I decided to use the following time-honoured recipe since it is excellent for many cold symptoms and benefits all four blood types. Here in the north we spend a great amount of time indoors during the winter surrounded by friends and family who may all have different blood types. A tea blend that supports all is good to keep on hand.

This recipe is a very old gypsy formula used successfully by many herbalists to help combat the common cold. It acts to tone the mucous membranes while decongesting the nose and sinuses. The tea also combats fevers and helps one to sweat out toxins. Adding a pinch of Ginger powder to each cup will help warm up our hands and feet, promote perspiration and soothe a sore throat.

yarrow.gif (3176 bytes) Tea for the Common Cold
Blood Types O, A, B, AB)

1 part Yarrow flowers
1 part Peppermint leaves
1 part Elder flowers

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Mix all ingredients together. Store in a dark glass jar away from heat and light. To make tea: pour one cup of boiling water for each teaspoon of tea mix used. Cover tightly and steep 15-20 minutes. Strain and serve.


Adults/Adolescents: Drink (as hot as you can handle) three to four cups daily to alleviate cold symptoms.

Children 6-12: Sip 1/2 cup, three times daily. If needed, add to warm juice.

Children 2-6: Sip 1/4 cup, three times daily. If needed, add to warm juice.

Note for Blood Types A and AB

It would be highly beneficial if you added an equal part of Echinacea flowers and leaves to the recipe to help build the immune system and prevent infection. Unlike Echinacea root which should be pulsed (taken on and off to prevent the immune system from developing a tolerance), the flowers and leaves can be taken all the time. The reason for this is due to the potency of the different parts of the Echinacea plant. The root is very potent while the leaves and flowers are much milder. Do not use any type of Echinacea remedy in the presence of a fever.

Notes for All Blood Types

All blood types can benefit from drinking Rosehip or Elderberry tea freely throughout the winter as they are an excellent source of vitamin C. Sage, Slippery Elm or Raspberry Leaf tea can help sore throats. Sage and Raspberry tea are also excellent for throat gargles. Horehound tea is an excellent cough remedy, decongestant and anti-oxidant which boosts the immune system -- but it tastes awful so you may want to add a sweetener suitable for your blood type (refer to the holiday food chart).

Please refer to my handy herb and spice chart for a quick reference of all the winter remedy herbs and their compatibility with the four blood types.

Contact me at if you have any questions or comments about this recipe.

Webmaster's Note:

If are new to making teas from scratch I highly recommend you read Colleen's article "How to Choose Quality Herbs For Teas" which was published last Winter. This article contains useful information as well as two additional tea blends to try. The Winter Tea is beneficial for types A, B and AB. Most of the herbs in the Nutritious Calcium Tea are not listed in Dr. D'Adamo's book, but based on the ones that are (alfalfa and peppermint) this tea would also benefit types A, B and AB.

Colleen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and has been a practicing herbalist since 1996. She is currently studying The Science and Art of Herbology with revered herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. Colleen is the staff herbalist at Rainbow Natural Foods which has the largest selection of quality organic and non-organic dried bulk medicinal herbs and supplies in Canada's National Capital region. She welcomes both residents and tourists to drop by so she can help you find safe herbal remedies to suit your needs.

Winter 2001 - 02 ER4YT

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