This is a “plan ahead” recipe from the South Jersey Chapter of the American Herbalist Guild to help relieve the symptoms of a head cold.

  • 1 quart jar and lid
  • 16 ounces of Organic Honey (preferably local)
  • 16 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 30 sprigs of Mint
  • 30 sprigs of Thyme
  • 3 springs of Catnip
  • 2 small Hot Peppers

Let rest in a dark cool place for one month.

Take one tablespoon to help relieve congestion.

Optional ingredients: Garlic, Horseradish, and Oregano

Benefits of Catnip


Catnip is useful in settling the stomach, as a sedative, and a fever reducer. It has a pleasant taste, and is good to take for colds, flu, and fever in children, especially when mixed with elderflower and honey.