If you would like to comment on this article, or anything else you have seen on Future, head over to our Facebook or Google+ page, or message us on Twitter. You should work with your child’s pediatrician or an herbal practitioner trained in children to determine pediatric dosing. “Effect of an Echinacea-Based Hot Drink Versus Oseltamivir in Influenza Treatment: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Double-Dummy, Multicenter, Noninferiority Clinical Trial.” Current Therapeutic Research, 2015(77): 66-72. This can mean that a remedy – and Echinacea is a herbal remedy – which is bought at a drugstore might not contain what the label claims. Ginkgo biloba leaf inhalations kill bacteria and heal the cells of the damaged mucous membranes almost immediately. Exclusions included use of antibiotics, antivirals, nasal steroids, decongestants, antihistamines, combination cold formulas, echinacea, zinc or vitamin C. However, exposure to sunlight is still the best way to get vitamin D.

Taking one week off a month is enough to maximize the immune boosting effect. Either chop the ginger finely, or grate it. purpurea is the species in both of my pictures, since they were taken in the Bastyr garden). Drying the leaves, flowers and roots using a dehydrator works well, although it is possible to use the roots from living plants, then replant them. I recommend two “00” capsules morning and evening around mealtimes for up to 10 days as a moderate dose. And don’t go running to the doctor for antibiotics, said Dr. A German study shows that it produces a “drastic increase” in immune responses, notably, more T-cells and natural killer cells.

And too much C can actually facilitate kidney stones, diarrhea and upset stomach. Except for in small amounts in food, it should be avoided during lactation. This mineral is an essential nutrient and is found in both plant and animal sources. The root of Oregon Grape can be used to make mouth washes, tinctures, capsules etc., for curing Canker Sores. purpurea have proved it extremely valuable in septic conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, antibiotic resistance, whooping cough in children, flu, catarrh, chronic respiratory tract infection, gynaecological infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, urinary infections and skin problems including psoriasis and eczema. When used in combination with other herbs, dosage should be lowered. A variety of abnormalities of the immune system have been associated with zinc defficency and even a mild defficency of zinc in humans is reported to cause an imbalance of circulating lymphocyte white cells .

Ginger and turmeric tea is another remedy to try. When applied wet, the lotion (more of a spray) feels like it’s locking in the effects of the Well-Being Conditioner. It’s best to avoid exposure to echinacea if you have this condition. And she’ll also take one or two capsules daily of a combination Chinese remedy containing the herb astragalus, which is thought to stimulate the immune system. Taking echinacea along with etoposide might increase the side effects of etoposide. BHI Sinus is likewise excellent for treating Sinus infections because it contains homeopathic remedies that stimulate Sinus problems to heal and of course includes Influenzinum to fight Influenza infections in the Sinus cavities. The Commission E further recommends that echinacea should not be taken longer than eight weeks.38,39 To date, there are no concerns for white cedar or wild indigo.

Zinc lozenges can cause nausea and mouth irritation. Zinc has antiviral properties and research suggests it can help lessen cold symptoms and speed healing. Many well-known drugs, such as aspirin, digitalis, and quinine, originated from plants. It also prevents germs from infecting wounds. Acute upper respiratory infection is one of the top 10 most expensive illnesses in the U.S., according to the researchers, resulting in an economic cost of $40 billion per year, as well as 20 million doctor visits and 40 million lost school days and workdays. A meta-analysis of 14 studies was published in 2007 by the University of Connecticut which reported that echinacea could help reduce your risk of catching cold by as much as 58%. This remedy drops high temperature associated with flu quite effectively.

Well over 100 scientific research studies illustrate Echinacea’s broad-spectrum use for prevention and treatment. A meta-analysis from the University of Connecticut made headlines in 2007. Lemons are high in vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants available, and vital to healthy immune function. It too has a history of use for treating sore throats. For that painful, irritated, sore throat – drip Echinacea tincture (30 drops) down the back of your throat (mixed with your saliva) every 15-20 minutes until you get relief; continue every 2-4 hours until all symptoms are gone. In our ever-escalating chemical arms race with germs, we look set to come off as the losers. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable.

Almost everyone has experienced the discomfort, inconvenience, and indignity of the common cold, a complex of symptoms that comprise the body’s response to any of a couple of hundred different viruses.