Mullein- This native plant has been a busy helper over many, many centuries, to many peoples, serving various uses. It has been used for so many things that it now has a long list of nicknames. Mullein has been used for everything from a torch to toilet paper and from earaches to prostate issues! And pretty much tried for every other imaginable use. It is plenteous and easy to identify. (Especially in the Ozarks!)
But the one use that has been consistently reported over time with successful results has been bronchial issues. It is an anti- inflammatory, expectorant and anti-spasmodic. Therefore reducing inflammation in the lungs, and airways of the entire bronchial system. Helping to move the phlegm up and out. And assisting in calming those dry, hacking coughs that keep you up all night and make your ribs sore.
Wild cherry bark- Another native blessing that grows quite proficiently in the Ozarks, the wild cherry has also been used for hundreds and hundreds of years. It has been used effectively for bronchitis, colds and other lung inflammations. It is an expectorant, anti-tussive, anti-spasmodic, and anti-inflammatory in addition to other actions. Thus, helping to move phlegm up and out, calming the spasmodic cough and calming any inflammation.
Red Clover- Red clover...ah! makes me think of spring and honey bees! Red clover has again these properties of expectorant and anti-spasmodic, but with an added benefit of being very nourishing and cleansing at the same time. Helping to build up the body and cleanse the lymphaticsystem at the same time. Perfectly suited for combating cough, cold and flu.
Horehound - This dandy little herb has a history going back at least as far as ancient Egypt and being used for cough! Used 'round the world in all sorts of lung and bronchial concoctions, this herb is a great expectorant. It is slightly sedative which is helpful for resting at night during a cold. Horehound can also induce sweating, helping to remove toxins from the body and thus speeding healing.
Elder flower- This bush is a native to most parts of the country and is quite prolific in the Ozarks. Elder flower is diaphoretic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal and expectorant. This means that it can induce a sweat, helping to remove toxins, help to destroy viruses, reduce inflammation, decrease the production of phlegm/mucous and help to move the phlegm up and out of the lungs and bronchial passageways.
Marshmallow Root- Now, obviously I didn't use a picture of the root. Instead I chose to show you the loveliest part. But, marshmallow root is one of my very favorite herbs, if I could have a favorite. This lovely little herb is demulcent, anti-inflammatory and expectorant. Which means that it is soothing to irritated tissues, reduces inflammation, and helps to move phlegm up and out.
Thyme - A lot of times we tend to place thyme in the soup pot and think that it is the only use for it. Thyme’s main history as medicine is in treating coughs (including whooping cough) and clearing congestion. It is somewhat sedative, a strong expectorant, and can induce a sweat.
Peppermint - Peppermint is an antispasmodic, anti-emetic, anti-congestive and anti-tussive. The volatile oils in peppermint are also antimicrobial. What this means for you is that it helps to calm the spasmodic coughing, helps to allay congestion and if there is nausea, soothe the tummy. It's anti-microbial benefits will fight valiantly against whatever ugly little virus or bacteria that is causing the problem in the first place. AND last but not least....peppermint is yummy! So, it helps to cover the less yummy flavors of the other herbs.
With every purchase of our cough and cold blend, we send instructions for using it as a tea or as a syrup. The syrup is the favorite way to use it, but it can be used as tea also.
Our cough and cold blend is on sale for the month of October! Take advantage of it and stock your herbal medicine cupboard!
Wishing you a healthy day,
Sara and the Ol' Farmhouse family
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