This article was authored by Klaus Ferlow, HMH (Honorary Master Herbalist), innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder Ferlow Botanical Enterprises Ltd, Vancouver, B.C. manufacturing/distributing organic toxin-free medicinal herbal and personal care products to professional health & wellness practitioners in Canada and parts of USA since 1993.
As addition to my first article I did some further research and would like to add on more information how to prevent and treat colds & flu.
In addition to elderberry juice with lemon juice and honey you can also us elderberry extract (sambucol), elderberry tea with a "shot" of elderberry flower syrup (In Canada we can buy it from IKEA, ingredients are juice from wild Swedish elderberry flowers, sugar and citric acid), elderberry tincture from the berries and flowers( sambucu nigra).Rich in Vitamin A & C, it is very purifying to the lungs and skin. It promotes perspiration to lower fevers, soothes the nerves and works as a mild laxitive.
Scientific studies report that ingredients extracted from the berries provide the first line of defense against different FLU strains by neutralizing and preventing the replication of different flu strains. It is a specific detoxifier for COLD, FLU and upper respiratory congestion such as hayfever, sinus, chronic nasal catarrh and spamodic croup. Clogged ears due to colds respond well to the flowers and both have anti-inflammatory properties to fight arthritis and rheumatic pains. It is also used as an ointment for tumours, burns, cuts, chapping, skin eruptions and inflammations. Also used for night sweats, dropsy (excessive body tissue) and syphilis. Elderberry wine was an old Europena tradition. Don't you agree that this is almost a mircacle herb?
Another very powerfull ally fighting colds & flu is Grapefruitseed extract Citricidal TM (Citrus paradisi), derived from fresh peel of the unsprayed grapefruit and it is anti-microbial, anti-fungal and can be used internal and you can gargle with it. You can also gargle with tea tree oil but have to spit it out.
Furthermore I would like to list a number of other herbs than can be used to prevent and in the treatment of COLD & FLU particualarlty that now the media is "jumping" on and putting fear in peoples mind with the so-called "Avian or Bird Flu", listing the common and botanical name:
Angelia (Angelica archangelica)
Astralagus (Astralagus membranaceus)
Bayberry (Myrica cerifera)
Blue Vervain=Wild Hyssop (Verbena hastata)
Bugleweed=Gypsywort (Lycopus virginicus)
Bupleurum (Bubleurum falcatum)
Catnip (Nepepta cataria)
Chrysanthemum Flowers(Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Elecampane=Yellow Starwort (Inhula helenum)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globolus & other species)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Golden Seal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Lapacho Pau d'Arco, Taheebo tea (Tabebuia impetiginosa & species)
Cat's Claw = Una de Gato (Uncaria tomentosa)
Licorice Root (Glyctrrhiza glabra)
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Myrrh (Commiphora mol-mol)
Olive Leaf (Olea europa)
Osha (Ligusticum porteri)
Peppermint leaf (Mentha piperita)
Pleurisy Root (Asclepias tuberosa)
Rose Hips (Rosa laevigatae)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon species)
Colds with no fever: Ginger
Flu virus: Colloidal Siler, Echinacea, Elderberry, Klamath Weed=St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Osha, Peppermint leaf, Privet berry(Ligustrum lucidum), Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinus edodes) and Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
Indian Herbalogy of North America (Healing Arts), Alma R. Hutchens, ISBN 04-05-080255,
Nature's Wisdom, A Compilation of the Historical Uses Of Herbs, Liana Lenarduzzi,
Health through God's Pharmacy, Maria Treben, ISBN 3-85068-124-6,
Pocket Herbal Reference Guide, Debra St.Clair, ISBN 0-98594-568-1,
Herba Remedies, MediScript Communications Inc., ISBN 1-622162-99051-9
This information is offered for its educational value only and should not be used in the diagnose, treatment, or prevention of disease. Any attempt to diagnose and treat illness should come under the direction of your health care practitioner.