- About 1/2 Cup Sage leaves dried or fresh, I used fresh simply because they were still thriving in the garden.
- 3/4 Cup of water
- 1/4 Cup of Brandy or Vodka
- 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil
- A tad of raw honey to soothe and make it sweet. Honey is anti-viral/bacterial so it will help heal the throat.
- Boil water
- Crumble or tear up sage leaves a bit to release the beneficial oils. Place in heat prove jar or bowl.
- Pour boiling water over sage leaves. Let it steep for at least 30 minutes.
- Strain out sage leaves. You can always drink this as sage tea, it will also help.
- Add ALL remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into a spray bottle. I use the little travel size bottles.
- Spray as needed.
This make about a pint size jar. Depending on what size spray bottle you use, you will have some left over. Keep the remainder of the concoction in a jar in the refrigerator. I add it to tea throughout the day when sick. I didn't worry about refrigerating the spray bottle. Alcohol acts as a preservative.
If you do not want to use alcohol, replace it with 1-2 T of Echinacea tincture (even more healing power) or 1/4 C Apple cider Vinegar. I did not get intoxicated over this, It is such a small amount being sprayed into the throat. The decision on using alcohol is entirely up to you.
There you have it! I love how the peppermint gives a cooling effect. Try this out, let me know what you think.