The following list of herbal remedies have been used for centuries for dealing with ailments associated with the common cold, flu, and even smoking too many cigarettes. They have all been studied by phytochemist. Phytochemistry is a branch of chemistry dedicated to researching the underlying chemical constituents which make medicinal plants do what they do. The majority of these contain a pharmacological chemical known as mucilage. Mucilage soothes and coats inflamed mucous membranes.
Great mullein is often referred to as 'cowboy toilet-paper' because of its soft and snugly nature. A tea brewed out of the leaves has been used for centuries as a natural way to relieve sinus congestion and sore throats. It has other beneficial qualities as well, and is a general must have when it comes to herbalist for dealing with the common cold or the flu. The leaves can even be used topically as a natural bandage. Its main active chemical constituent is called mucilage, which sounds a lot like Mucinex, the over-the-counter drug used for the same ailments.. Mullein Seeds Available here!
Marshmallow likely gets its name from the fact that its soft and gentle like that of a edible marshmallow. It too contains mucilage, and other unique phyochemicals. It's been used internally and topically for a range of conditions. Herbalist suggest a tea made from the leaf for sore throat, sinus congestion, assisting the body in the ability to expel phlegm and excessive mucous from the sinus passageways. In other words they find it useful to help you blow all that nasty snot and boogers out of your nose when you're sick.
Coltsfoot like the other herbal remedies mentioned on this page contains its very own unique pharmacology. Coltsfoot contains flavonoids, tannis, and pyrrolizidine alkaloids, along with mucilage. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids in particular offer so much medicinal potential that it's absolutely unbelievable. Here is a link to an excellent scholarly resource on these alkaloids. Please let me know if the link is broken. The plant itself produces brilliant yellow flowers and is very easy to grow.
Peppermint & Pure Menthol
Menthol is the main active ingredient in over the counter medications. It's completely natural and exist naturally in many varieties of mint. Peppermint is the main source of menthol. Some examples of its industrial uses include it being the active ingredient in vicks vapo rub, menthol cigarettes, cough drops, candy mints, etc. It's a very powerful clear crystalline substance. It looks a lot like something potentially more dangerous, including any crystallized street drug. The potency of pure menthol is so powerful that even a dose so small that you can barely see it with your eyes is adequate.
Ancient herbalist and alchemist once discovered that the appearance of a plant has a direct connection with the plants usefulness. Herbs that contain mucilage and respiratory aiding chemical constituents tend to have a fuzzy, or soft leaf. Clary sage is one such herb. It's phytochemicals are well known to sooth irritated membranes in the respiratory system. It also offers benefits to other parts of our biological circuitry. It's even burned as a sacred incense much like Frankincense and Myrrh. Among other things, Sage has also been use as an oneirogen by many cultures. An oneirogen is a plant or substance that is thought to enhance dreams, or the recall of dreams.
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