BONESET (Eupatorium perfoliatum)promotes sweating,thus clearing heat and toxins from the body.it also boosts the body’s resistance to both bacterial and viral pathogens,increasing white blood cell activity
ECHINACEA (Echinacea purpured) stimulates T-cell,macrophage and interferon activity.It reduces the cell’s permeability to viral takeover and is effective for colds,fever,flu and sore throats.It is commonly used as a tincture.
ELDER(Sambucus canadensis,S.nigra) flower and berry are both helpful.Make a tea with the flowers at the first sign of flu or cold symptoms to enhance elimination of viruses via diaphoresis and its diuretic action.Elder helps dry dampness (think phelgm),relieve congestion and clear the heat of infection.Elderberry syrup is a good-tasting remedy for kids of all ages and has been proven to shorten the duration of infections.Elderberry is also available in tincture form.
LICORICE (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root clears heat.encourages the movement of lymphocytes toward areas of inflammation,soothes irritated mucous membranes and stimulates interferon production (interferon interferes with viruses taking over healthy cells in order to reproduce) it is effective as a tea or tincture.
MULLEIN (Verbascum thapsus) leaf tea or tincture reduces inflammation of the trachea.It can help relieve asthma bronchitis,catarrh,chest colds,cough,diarrhea,laryngitis,mumps,sinusitis,sore throat,swollen glands.
GINGER (Zingiber officinale) root improves circulation,reduces chills relieves nausea
and deters bacterial and viral infections.Drinking hot ginger tea with a little honey is an excellent cold remedy;it is also available as a tincture.
MARSHMALLOW(Althea officinalis) root tea soothes inflamed mucous
membranes,including sore throats.it also stimulates white blood cell production,it helps cleanse the lings relax bronchioles,liquefy phlegm and deter infection.
CINNAMON (Cinnamomum aromaticum,C verum) bark and twigs make a delicious tea
that improves circulation,Cinnamon has both antibacterial and antiviral properties.It calms nausea and dries phlegm.