Thyme – Cough Buster

Are you suffering from a persistent cough? One that’s hard to shift?

Nature’s answer is Thyme, which is well known for its culinary use. The Common Thyme originates from the Mediterranean and is the most commonly used medicinal variety. Thymes are relatives of the oregano genus Origanum.

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Thyme – Thymus vulgaris

USES Chest conditions, coughs, and bronchitis.

HOW IT WORKS The primary active components of Thyme are the volatile oils, especially Thymol. These act locally on the lungs as they are eliminated from the body through the Respiratory tract, disinfecting the airways, relaxing bronchial spasm and reducing the viscosity of mucus.

These actions help the lungs expel mucus, benefiting bronchitis and chesty catarrhal conditions. Thyme is most effectively taken as a fresh herbal tincture, but it also can give relief as a herbal tea or infusion.

Or take a spoonful of raw thyme honey … to sooth that irritating sensation.

NB: Consult your doctor, if blood is present in mucus.

Natural Immunity Boost 🎈

Some points to consider, if you intend to 🎈 boost your immunity naturally against cold and flu symptoms caused by bacteria and viruses:-

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Hygiene. Observe sensible precautions – hand-washing, distancing, cleanliness.

Eat healthily. Avoid processed foods in favour of freshly harvested local fruit and vegetables.

Refined sugar damages the immune system.

Garlic is naturally anti-viral. Also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and blood-thinning. Add to food at the end of cooking to avoid damaging the active enzyme or chose to supplement your diet with Kyolic garlic a specially aged odourless garlic.

Vitamin C has proven anti-viral properties.

The mineral Zinc is vital for immunity. Whole grains and milk products are good sources of zinc. Baked beans, chickpeas, and nuts (like cashews and almonds) also contain zinc.


Consider taking specific anti-viral herbal remedies like elderberry & olive leaf extract.

Colloidal silver is known for centuries for its biocidal properties. It can be sprayed around mouth and nose or taken internally for protection against viruses.

echinacea
The well documented and researched Echinacea purpurea makes the immune system more active, better able to combat viruses and bacteria and is very safe for long-term use without any side-effects.

> Echinacea against Coronaviruses
> Research paper on Echinacea’s anti-viral properties.

Ashwagandha Tonic

ashwagandha

Scientific Name/Common Name: Withania somnifera / Ashwagandha

Part used: Root

Constituents/Active Ingredients: Steroidal compounds (withaferin A, sitoindosides), alkaloids (tropane types and isopelletierine, anaferine).

Overview: Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng and winter cherry, has been used medicinally in India for thousands of years. The plant’s Latin name literally means, “sweat of a horse” due to the scent of the roots. In Ayurvedic medicine, its use extends back over 3000 years.

It was traditionally used as a tonic herb for promoting longevity and treating emaciation and for improving reproductive functions of both men and women. Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen like ginseng, but is not stimulating. It actually has a mild sedative effect, as the somnifera part of its Latin name indicates.

Traditional Use/Benefits/Body Systems: Traditionally used for debility, nervous exhaustion, convalescence after illness, and as a general tonic; also used for reproductive health, as a nerve tonic to aid sleep, and for memory enhancement.

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