‘Hershel’s Gift’ started with a different name, as a cold and flu tea that just about anyone would be willing to drink.
I have always loved that elderberries are effective for both types of illness, given how amazing they taste. We have some elderberry syrup that is mostly used on pancakes, and I love having a Health Reason to ask Mister Tea to make his wonderful buttermilk pancakes when I’m sick.
As you know, if you follow us as all, we are both geeks. Some fandoms we share, some we do not, but we name a lot of our teas in homage or with humour due to these various fandoms.
One that is mine alone, as far as the watching of the actual show is ‘The Walking Dead.’ Hershel’s journey eventually made him one of my favorite characters. During the season involving the prison and the flu epidemic, ‘The Walking Dead’ made me very happy, as an herbalist.
When Hershel braved the outdoors to collect elderberry bits to try to help people hold on until the medicine was retrieved, I was elated. The writers of the show had presented accurate information, in an area that Hershel was supposed to have knowledge. At the time I jested that we should rename our elderberry tea in his honor.
I set the idea aside to think about, and promptly got caught up in the day to day work of life and tea.
Then ‘The Walking Dead’ did one of those things that it does, and Hershel was taken out of the story.
So, in honor of the character, and in memory of him, we present ‘Hershel’s Gift.’
As far as the ingredients go, Elderberry is a wonderfully tasty medicinal for most respiratory conditions, whether bacterial or viral. It also supports the immune system. It makes this an easy tea to persuade children to drink, and makes a good case with finicky adults, as well. Yarrow is useful against bacteria, viruses, and funguses; and the Peppermint will help to ease the stomach, lungs, and throat, and perhaps grant a bit of extra energy.
‘Hershel’s Gift’ is kid-safe, nursing-safe, and pregnancy-safe.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: Elderberries, Yarrow, Peppermint
Batch Size: 2.4 ounces (approximately 20-25 cups of tea)
Options: Loose (Sample, Bag, Jar, *LatchTin), Single Serving Sachets
(The Latch-Tin holds 3 batches of tea, and is a separate listing on Etsy.)
* We are not officially attached to or licensed by or otherwise involved with any of the official agencies of the fandoms we homage. If any of these agencies have an issue with our teas, please let us know, and we will work things out.
** I am not a doctor. The FDA (along with other governmental agencies) has not recognized any of this as fact. We do draw on science as well as tradition, but the path from research proving efficacy to formalized treatment is a long and complicated one. (Especially since plants can’t really be patented.) None of the information contained in these pages is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease from a medical standpoint.