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MEDICINE USES OF HERBS - COLDS AND FLU

It's that time of year again with colds, influenza, aches and general snottiness sometimes getting the better of us. Here is a listing of herbs traditionally used for these ailments and the symptoms they treat:

KEY to the type of symtoms these herbs act upon -

  • Anodyne - relieves pain (and)
  • Antibiotic - kills or inhibits growth of bacteria (anb)
  • Antiseptic B kills bacteria (an)
  • Antispasmodic - inhibits convulsions (ansp)
  • CounterIrritant (co)
  • Demulcent - soothing (de)
  • Diaphoretic - promotes perspiration (di)
  • Expectorant - expells phlegm (ex)
  • Febrifuge - breaks fevers (f)
  • Soporific - induces sleep (s)
  • *use only topically (on the skin)

  • COLD/FLU SYMPTOMS
  • Anise (s)
  • Birch leaf (co)
  • Cayenne (d)
  • Chamomile (s)
  • Elder (di)
  • Eucalyptus (ansp)
  • Garlic (anb)
  • Hops (s)
  • Mullein (an)
  • Peppermint (and)
  • Valerian (s)
  • Yarrow (ex)

  • COUGH
  • Almond (de)
  • Camphor (ex)*
  • Cherry bark (an)
  • Coltsfoot (de,ex)
  • Echinacea (anb)
  • Elecampane (ex)
  • Garlic (anb)
  • Horehound (de,ex)
  • Licorice (de,an)
  • Lungwort (as,ex)
  • Mullein (an)
  • Onion (anb)
  • Rosemary (ansp)
  • Slippery Elm (de)
  • Strawberry (de)
  • Wintergreen (ex)*
  • Yellowdock (co)
  • Yerbasanta (ex,co)

  • EARACHE
  • Chamomile (s)
  • Garlic (anb)
  • Mullein (an)
  • Onion (anb)

  • FEVER
  • Boneset (f)
  • Borage (f)
  • Cayenne (d)
  • Eucalyptus (ansp)
  • Fenugreek (f)
  • Feverfew (f)
  • Rice water (f)
  • Rosemary (di)
  • White Willow (d)

  • SINUS
  • Coltsfoot (de,ex)
  • Cherrybark (an)
  • Eucalyptus (ansp)
  • Horehound (de,ex)
  • Horseradish (ex)
  • Mullein (an)
  • Rosemary (ansp)
  • Tea Tree (an)

  • ASTHMA
  • Anise (s)
  • Coltsfoot (de,ex)
  • Elecampane (ex)
  • Horehound (de,ex)
  • Lovage (de,ex)
  • Mallows (de)
  • Mullein (d)