To increase resistance and fight the cold or flu, the following herbs are recommended. Echinacea is a stimulating tonic to the immune system, and helps to reduce bacterial and viral infections. Thyme, Garlic, Licorice and Wild Indigo are potent natural antibiotics, especially in the airways and lungs. Astragalus increases the production of white blood cells in the bone marrow.
The following herbs are excellent in a topical application to open and drain the sinuses: Myrrh, Goldenseal, Cayenne, Bayberry and Lobelia. To dry the mucous membranes and fight infections try inhaling essential oils of Eucalyptus, Thyme, Peppermint and Pine.
A fever is useful to the body by weakening invading microbes and strengthening the immune response. Old fashioned Composition Essence is designed to help your body fight infections through raising the core temperature. It contains Poplar, Ginger, Red Oak, Cinnamon, Cayenne, Barberry, Yarrow, Wild Cherry and Cloves.
Coughs should never be suppressed because they are a useful way to clear the lungs of unwanted mucous caused by bacterial or viral infections. Coughs should be gently encouraged with expectorants which loosen and liquify mucous to allow it be expelled. Lobelia Cough Syrup is made to a 140 year old recipe which includes Lobelia, Bloodroot and Cayenne. It acts as a powerful but gentle expectorant to remove lung congestion.