Life everlasting is a flowering plant that is native to North and South Carolina and belongs to the mint family. The flowers are delicate and the flowers, leaves and stems are used for medicinal purposes.
The benefits of this herb are pretty amazing. It is used for sore throat, asthma, colds, congestion, flu and sore mouth. When taken as a hot tea, it will open the sinuses and help to soothe coughs while acting as an expectorant. It is also a mild laxative if taken cold.
Life Everlasting is commonly referred to as Rabbit Tobacco, but it is NOT tobacco and contains no nicotine.
Some people smoke it or place it in a bowl and burn it, inhaling the smoke. However, many people claim to receive the same benefits by steeping the herb in boiling water and inhaling the vapors. It can be taken as a hot tea or as a cold tea.
The Cherokee people, early American settlers and other Native American tribes used Life Everlasting for medicinal purposes. It is very nice when mixed with other herbs or teas. It has a mild, sweet flavor but if you don’t care for the taste, you can add some lemongrass, Ceylon, licorice root, ginger or mint to make it more palatable. But it is a very nice tea even without the additional flavor.
Uses for Life Everlasting
This extremely versatile herb has many uses and can be taken in many different ways.
Hot Infusion (tea)
- Intestinal issues
- Lung and respiratory issues
- Mild laxative
- Expel intestinal worms
Tincture (made with apple cider vinegar)
- Lower back pain
Infusion (hot or cold) gargle
- Mouth sores
- Sore throat
- Sore mouth
Breathe in steam or smoke
- Lung problems
- Respiratory problems
Ways to prepare Life Everlasting
To make an infusion, steep 1 teaspoon of the leaves and flowers in 1 cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. You should have 1-2 cups of Life Everlasting a day.
The fresh herb can also be chewed. For external applications, use the leaves.
To inhale the smoke, put some Life Everlasting in a bowl and burn. Alternatively, you can steep it in boiling water and inhale the steam.
To take as a tincture, combine with apple cider vinegar. See How to Make a Tincture.