Asthma, eczema, hay fever & sinusitis. Indicated for any allergic condition including food allergy and any condition ending with "ITIS" affecting the upper respiratory tract including diseases of the sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, and larynx. Examples of URTIs include rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal cavity), nasopharyngitis common cold/ (inflammation of the nares, pharynx), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses located around the nose), tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils) pharyngitis (inflammation of the pharynx) epiglottitis (inflammation of the upper portion of the larynx or the epiglottis), laryngitis (inflammation of the larynx), laryngotracheitis (inflammation of the larynx and the trachea), and tracheitis (inflammation of the trachea).
Histamine is a natural chemical produced by the immune system, which increases blood flow to the affected area. Liquid leaks out of the blood vessels, making the mucous membranes lining the nose and throat to swell, and stimulating nearby glands to produce mucus causing symptoms such as itching, swelling, reddening, headaches, sneezing, running nose, itchy or watery eyes and breathing difficulties. These herbs are natural antihistamines and mimic the action of over the counter antihistamines. Taken over time however, this mix will greatly improve the condition of your upper respiratory tract mucous membranes to prevent future attacks. Safe to be used in conjunction with antihistamines but medication will need to be adjusted accordingly as less medication will be needed.
Nettle Urtica dioica, Chamomile Matricaria recutita, Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia, Fennel seed Foeniculum vulgare, Ginger Zingiber officinalis, Golden rod Solidago virgaurea, Eye Bright Euphrasia officinalis, Yarrow Achillea millefolium
- Natural Antihistamine
- Hay fever
- Sinusitis /Rhinitis
- Nose bleeds
- Breathing difficulties
Nettle leaf Urtica dioica– Nettle is astringent, haemostatic, dermatological agent, mild diuretic, tonic; extracts are reported to have hypoglycaemic properties. Nettle is also a natural anti-histamine. It is indicated for rheumatic conditions, uterine haemorrhage, cutaneous eruptions, infantile and psychogenic eczema, epistaxis, melaena. Nettel is specifically indicated in nervous eczema. Nettles are rich in vitamins A, C, D, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium and chlorophyll making nettle an excellent blood tonic and remedy in anaemia and other debilitated states. They strengthen and support the whole body. Throughout Europe they are used as a spring tonic and general detoxifying remedy. They are specific for rheumatism, arthritis and eczema especially associated with blood deficiency. The herb has an important effect on the kidney and on fluid and uric acid excretion, so is of benefit in gout and other arthritic conditions, particularly if there is an element of anaemia. Urtica is also of benefit in chronic skin conditions such as eczema, helping to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins. Urtica is known to stimulate milk flow in nursing mothers, and is often used in this way by farmers for their stock. It has been shown experimentally to have both hypoglycaemic and hyperglycaemic properties, the hypoglycaemic component being ‘urticin’. Nettle leaf extract contains active compounds that reduce TNF-α and other inflammatory cytokines.
German Chamomile Matricaria recutita– Chamomile is anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, nervine, stomachic, tonic, and vasodilator. In particular it is an excellent herb for insomnia, anxiety, menopausal depression, loss of appetite, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, colic, aches and pains of flu, migraine, neuralgia, teething, vertigo, motion sickness, conjunctivitis, inflamed skin, urticaria etc. An infusion is particularly useful as a stomachic, nervine and sedative for young children, especially when they are teething. It is also used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, peptic ulcers and hiatus hernia. The flowers contain various volatile oils including proazulenes. Upon steam distillation these proazulenes produce chamazulene, this is remarkably anti-allergenic and is useful in the treatment of asthma and hay fever. The flowers are sometimes added to cosmetics as an anti-allergenic agent. Chamomile is used for. It is also known as an aromatic with a traditional application in morning sickness.
Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia / purpurea - Echinacea is an anti-microbial, anti-catarrhal, alterative, adaptogen, alterative, antiseptic, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, immunomodulator and sialagogue. Echinacea is one of the world's most important medicinal herbs. Research shows that it has the ability to raise the body's resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It is especially useful for infections of the upper respiratory tract such as laryngitis, tonsillitis and for catarrhal conditions of the nose and sinus. In general it may be used widely and safely. This purple coneflower has shown to have antihistamine properties. It is a natural PAF inhibitor meaning it inhibits the release of histamine from the mast cells. It is also antibiotic and helps to relieve allergies. Plants in this genus were probably the most frequently used of all North American Indian herbal remedies. The plant has a general stimulatory effect on the immune system and is widely used in modern herbal treatments. In Germany over 200 pharmaceutical preparations are made from Echinacea. It is often effective against both bacterial and viral attacks, and may be used in conditions such as boils, septicaemia and similar infections. The roots and the whole plant are considered particularly beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds, burns etc, possessing cortisone-like and antibacterial activity. The plant has been used as a diaphoretic to promote sweating to fight infection.
Fennel seed Foeniculum vulgare - Fennel seeds are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactogogue, hallucinogenic, circulatory stimulant, and stomachic. Fennel has a long history of herbal use and is a commonly used household remedy, being useful in the treatment of a variety of complaints, especially those of the digestive system. An infusion is used in the treatment of indigestion, abdominal distension, stomach pains etc. Fennel is often added to purgatives in order to allay their tendency to cause gripe, and also to improve flavour. An infusion of the seeds is a safe and effective cure for wind in babies and to promote breast milk in mothers. Fennel is rich with the antioxidant flavonoid “Quercetin”. Quercetin is a strong natural antihistamine shown to be very helpful for allergies and histamine-related inflammation.
Ginger root Zingiber officinalis– Ginger is antiseptic, antiflatulent, antitussive, antiemetic, antiinflammatory, adjuvant, diaphoretic, carminative, expectorant, peripheral circulatory stimulant, rubefacient, spasmolytic and sialagogue. It is indicated for poor circulation, chilblains and cramp and nausea. In feverish conditions Zingiber's diaphoretic action promotes perspiration. As a carminative it promotes gastric secretion and is used in the treatment of dyspepsia, flatulence and colic. It is also a useful remedy in diarrhoea where there is no inflammation or due to spleen Qi deficiency. It is stimulant to the gastro-intestinal tract, increasing peristalsis and the tone of the intestinal muscle. As an anti-emetic it can be used in cases morning sickness. It is also said to be useful for suppressed menstruation. Extracts of ginger stimulate the vasomotor and respiratory centres. Warming digestive tonic, this remedy will increase hydrochloric acid and improve iron absorption. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Ginger extracts have been shown to have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour effects on cells. Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavour, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells. Lab experiments showed that gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion). In TCM fresh ginger is said to be pungent and warm. It enters the lung, spleen and stomach meridians. It is said to release the exterior and disperse cold in middle jiao and is indicated for vomiting. It is also said to disperse cold phlegm in lungs and is indicated for chronic and acute cough. Ginger reduces toxicity of other herbs and adjusts ying and wei Qi for sweating without improvement.
Golden rod Solidago virgaurea – Golden rod is anticatarrhal anthelmintic, anticoagulant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifugeand stimulant. Golden Rod is one of the first plants to think of for upper respiratory catarrh, whether acute or chronic, It may be used in combination with other herbs in the treatment of influenza. According to Priest and Priest, Golden rod is specific for influenza, repeated colds, catarrhal bronchitis with purulent expectoration, putrescent tonsillitis, naso-pharyngeal catarrh with sneezing and excessive mucus. Goldenrod is a safe and gentle remedy for a number of disorders. In particular, it is a valuable astringent remedy treating wounds and bleeding, whilst it is particularly useful in the treatment of urinary tract disorders, being used both for serious ailments such as nephritis and for more common problems such as cystitis. The plant contains saponins that are antifungal and act specifically against the Candida fungus which is the cause of vaginal and oral thrush. It also contains rutin which is used to treat capillary fragility, and phenolic glycosides which are anti-inflammatory. Golden rod is specific for ear infections.
Eye Bright Euphrasia officinalis - Eye bright is an anticatarrhal, antiinflammatory, astringent, digestive, ophthalmic and tonic. Eyebright has a long history of herbal use in the treatment of eye problems and is still in current herbal use. Eyebright tightens the mucous membranes of the eye and appears to relieve the inflammation of conjunctivitis and blepharitis. Its ability to counter catarrh means that it is often used for infectious and allergic conditions affecting the eyes, middle ear, sinuses and nasal passages. It is taken internally in the treatment of catarrh, sinusitis, hay fever, upper respiratory tract infections etc. As an ophthalmic, an infusion of the plant can be taken internally or used as an eyewash. Eyebright is specifically an upper respiratory tract anti-catarrhal.
Yarrow Achillea millefolium - Yarrow is anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, odontalgic, stimulant, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary and restorative and regulator for menstrual system. Yarrow is indicated for fevers, common cold, essential hypertension, digestive complaints, loss of appetite, amenorrhoea, dysentery and diarrhoea. Yarrow lowers high blood pressure by dilating the peripheral vessels, and it also tones the blood vessels. It is considered to be a specific in thrombotic conditions associated with high blood pressure. The flavonoids help to dilate the peripheral arteries and are also believed to help clear blood clots. Specifically indicated in thrombotic conditions with hypertension, including cerebral and coronary thromboses. Yarrow has also been used in the treatment of heavy and painful periods, and the presence of steroidal constituents may help to explain this activity. It contains the flavonoid apigenin which is is anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic and anti-platelet and anti-cancer i.e. a natural aromatase inhibitor. It is specifically an Upper Respiratory Tract mucous membrane tonic. Yarrow is effective in treating all conditions affecting the Upper Respiratory Tract. The flowers are rich in chemicals that are converted by steam distillation into anti-allergenic compounds, of use in the treatment of allergic catarrhal problems such as hayfever. The dark blue essential oil, azulene, is generally used as an anti-inflammatory, or in chest rubs for colds and influenza.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.