Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
Anti-spasmodic herb used to treat respiratory problems, colds, and anxiety; also used externally for cuts and bruises.
Anti-spasmodic, expectorant, diaphoretic, nervine, anti-inflammatory, carminative, hepatic, emmenagogue. The healing virtues of the plant are due to a particular volatile oil, which is stimulative, carminative and sudorific. Hyssop’s herbal uses are largely attributable to the anti-spasmodic action of the volatile oil. It is used in coughs, bronchitis and chronic catarrh. Its diaphoretic properties makes it useful for its use in the common cold. As a nervine, it may be used
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Blessed Thistle Cnicus benedictus
Tonic, digestive and memory aid, emetic, and blood purifier; also used to treat excessive sweating.
Tonic, stimulant, diaphoretic, emetic and emmenagogue. In large doses, Blessed Thistle acts as a strong emetic, producing vomiting with little pain and inconvenience. Cold infusions in smaller draughts are valuable in weak and debilitated conditions of the stomach, and as a tonic, creating appetite and preventing sickness.
The bitter compounds in Blessed thistle are thought to result in improved flow of saliva and gastric activity, and treat problems such as
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Astragalus Astragalus membranaceus
Brief Eases the common cold, chronic respiratory infections, aids in recovery from both cancer and the side effects of cancer therapy, and enhances health of the immune system.
Astragalus is very useful as an herbal medicine in treating viral infections, including those that cause the common cold and flu. The Astragalus root stands out as a unique remedy in the treatment of physical exhaustion. The most common use of Astragalus root in herbal medicine in the US is as an immuno-stimulant to counteract the immune suppression associated with cancer therapy.
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Ashwagandha Withania somnifera
Sedative, anti-inflammatory, immunity booster and aphrodisiac. Improves memory and helps one cope with daily stress.
Ashwagandha acts as a sedative, anti-inflammatory, immunity booster, and aphrodisiac. It also acts as an anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory agent. Its naturally occurring steroidal content is much higher than that of hydrocortisone. American therapists have also found the herb useful in treating depression, alcohol dependency and schizophrenia. Also, when Ashwagandha is taken regularly, memory and learning skills increase dramatically. It is heat neutral which means it has no warming or cooling properties. Ashwagandha
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Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Brief
Antibacterial, antifungal, carminative and digestive aid. Used to alleviate colds and stimulate the digestive system, as well as a compress for burns, fevers and headaches.
Agastache foeniculum leaves have antibacterial properties and are taken as an infusion to alleviate coughs and colds. Anise is a carminative, warming digestive aid.
Anise hyssop clears excessive dampness in the stomach and spleen and heaviness in the chest. It is used as a preventive for heat stroke and summer colds.
The leaves are used topically as a compress for angina, burns,
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