valuable Winter herbs

valuable Winter herbs

We are ready to welcome Winter! Despite the beautiful autumn days, the temperature differences during the day are sometimes large. The issue of colds becomes relevant again in the autumn season and the corresponding precaution with natural and herbal preparations is required. Let’s look at the most important plants that are traditionally used at this time of year for symptoms related to infections, viruses, colds, sinusitis and runny nose:

Echinacea

Echinacea purpurea Echinacea helps to recover faster from symptoms of cold sores (stuffy nose, sneezing, chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat) and is particularly effective in patients with a weakened immune system. Echinacea strengthens the body’s defenses against infections of the respiratory system as well as urinary tract infections. Echinacea is also indicated for other types of infections, such as streptococcal infection. throat, staph infections, recurrent fungal vaginal infections, herpes, bronchitis and otitis

Ivy

Hedera helix Ivy is used successfully in the treatment of runny nose in the sinus area. Ivy also helps treat coughs and bronchitis by facilitating the liquefaction of secretions

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris The heating thyme has expectorant and relaxing properties, it is ideal for deep-seated lung infections. Thyme also soothes bronchitis, respiratory infections and benefits those suffering from nervous cough and asthma

Wild fir – Piceae abietis

The wild fir is used in cases of bronchitis, sinusitis, runny nose, hoarseness, throat and cough. Contains resin, essential oil, terpenes and tannins which act beneficially, soothing the irritated upper respiratory system naturally. Adam Lonicerus (German physician, physiatrist and botanist) wrote in the 16th century, that boiled leaves of wild fir relieve open wounds, toothache and in combination with honey benefits the liver. He also wrote that boiled wild fir resin with honey benefits the symptoms of runny nose, runny nose, angina and the terpenes contained gently cleanse and benefit the liver and lungs.

Cool – Drosera rotundifolia

Cool is a carnivorous plant and grows in shrublands of the northern hemisphere. The whole plant is used for soothing syrup and affects the throat, lungs and respiratory tract, with beneficial effects on bronchitis, whooping cough and persistent cough. The effectiveness of the cooler against streptococcus, staphylococcus and pneumococcus is due to the presence of plumbagine. The relaxing effect it exerts on the involuntary muscles helps in relieving asthma.

Hydrastis – Hydrastis Canadensis

Hydrastis is one of the most useful plants we have at our disposal. Contains alkaloids: hydrastine, canadine, canalidine. Berberine has a strong antibiotic effect on several microorganisms and owes most of its specific uses to the strong tonic effect it exerts on the mucous membranes of the body. Hydrangea is an excellent anti-catarrhal of the upper respiratory tract and is considered to be of unique value and particularly effective in the treatment of frontal sinusitis with green or yellow foul-smelling thick secretions. Hydrangea also helps in the care of wounds of the nasal cavity, in the runny nose as well as in the treatment of the drying of the nasal mucosa. Due to its antimicrobial action, hydrangea has a long history of use for purulent diarrhea, respiratory infections and is often combined with echinacea to treat colds and flu symptoms..

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus globulus

The traditional doctors of the 19th century in the US, not only did they use eucalyptus oil to disinfect organs and wounds, but they suggested inhaling the oil to support asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough and emphysema. The main ingredient in eucalyptus leaves is the essential oil also known as eucalyptol. This oil works like menthol, acting on the receptors of the nasal mucosa, helping to reduce symptoms such as nasal congestion.

Mint – Mentha piperita

In combination with peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil can be applied topically to the forehead and temples for three minutes and has been shown to have muscle relaxant properties in people with severe headaches. Also, this combination of mint with eucalyptus helps in cases of mild or moderate snoring, inhaling it through the nose before bed..