Stronger than Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Herbs, Attainable Medicines & Successful Behaviors

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Disclaimer – I am not a licensed medical physician. This is NOT advice from a doctor. This is however from someone who has fought long-term chronic illness. I pulled from a wide array of research in Chinese medicine and my favorite herbalists and my own personal experience. I wrote this because it feels important to have more information out there than less, even if I am not an expert. I’m trying to make this information more digestible to the average person – and people like my mom. If you have a critique of the information, please let me know – I’m trying to update this all the time. The FDA states” there currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)” You should consult your physician before adding any herbs or medications, and then choose for yourself what’s right for you.

Coronavirus season has been unsettling -it has tested our sense of safety and security. There are a lot of talented, dedicated people working day and night to keep us safe, and also those people and resources may get overwhelmed, as we’ve seen in Italy. I encourage you to take more personal responsibility for your health by increasing the tools that we have available to support the immune system, stay robust, and weather illness. If we get sick, we can help our bodies healing process and protect our tissues and organs. There are no silver bullets, and there is no herb that is a total cure. It is your own immune system that has to be the hero here, and what I suggest in the article are things that support that hero to win.

We are NOT powerless against a virus.

Social distancing and personal hygiene are still the most important tool we have to protect ourselves and the most vulnerable populations from the virus. This is a great article from John Hopkins on best practices. You can see the spread of the virus on coronamap.org. The infection growth that you see now is a reflections of the bad choices made two weeks ago. In some areas, the infections have doubled every 2-3 days. It is crucial to self-quarantine and use a mask if you have even mild symptoms.

When to Seek Treatment

Health agencies have requested that those wild mild symptoms ride this out at home to keep others from being infected. Several doctors in the US have suggested NOT to go to the ER to get tested. They are overwhelmed. If you have any of the following strong symptoms, its best to call the hospital ahead of time to tell them that you are coming to prevent other patients from being exposed. If you have symptoms (cough, fever, fatigue, body aches), please assume you could have the virus – wear a mask and self-quarantine. If you have the symptoms below you should seek medical attention.

  • Fever over 104F lasting for more than three days
  • Difficulty breathing and/or a blueish tint to your lips.
  • Loss of consciousness

As of this week, several doctors and nurses reported that most hospital protocols for COVID-19 involve aspirin to control the fever, and breathing machines to provide oxygen when the lungs are filled with mucus. There are also a series of medicines that are being tested and are available in some places, but they are undergoing trials and are not available everywhere or are only being used in the most severe cases. Some of the Chinese hospitals have more advanced protocols because they’ve had more time to work with real cases. One of the articles below details that out.

Update: US doctors are now using Tylenol only to control fevers. The respirator can save a life, and also there’s been a shortage of them. Some areas of the medical system do have more powerful drug tools, although they are not available everywhere yet – there are many clinical trials happening and the information is changing daily.

My goal is to fill in the gap for people who are not going to be able to get medical attention but would still like to help their bodies. There’s a lot more we can do as you’ll see below.

Support your lungs and immune system with your behavior. Don’t work against them!

  1. Get plenty of sleep, don’t wear yourself out with stress.
  2. Spend a little bit of time in the sun every day if you can. 20 minutes exposing half of your body to the sunshine between the hours of 10am – 2pm will give you your full daily dose of Vitamin D, and an even bigger dose of sanity. This will help your immune system. If it’s cold out, laying on the floor near a sunny window will help.
  3. According to Chinese Medicine, the stomach and spline support the functioning of the lungs. Overeating, or indulging in too much sugar or heavy foods can cause the lungs to be less resilient. Eat your leafy greens, keep meals to a reasonable size, and cut back on the sugar. Your lungs will be better supported by the stomach to get oxygen and fight pathogens. I notice that I almost always start coughing or breathing with more difficulty when I introduce sugar into my system or I overeat. Upsetting your gut biome will expose you to risk. Excess alcohol can do such a thing.
  4. Take time to energetically cleanse the body. Imagine light coming down through your crown and cleansing every part of your body. Imagine your lungs being extra energized to fight and filter out pathogens. Communicate with your body, ask it to be vigilant!
  5. Be sure to move the body. Get some light exercise. You want the motion of the body to be enough to move material out of the lymph nodes and to help the cilia in your lungs to move particles and toxins up and out. Yoga or walking is great. Hot and cold contrast showers will also help to do the same thing by flushing out the lymphatic system.
  6. Take 10-20 minutes in the morning to find things to appreciate. The effect on your mood will greatly help your body and your immune system.
  7. Try to take a 2+ hour diet from electronics and media every day. This will help to keep your mind from becoming too invested in stressful thinking.
  8. Meditate – There are 100s of studies showing a huge uptick in immune intelligence after even 5 minutes of meditation.
  9. When you come home, take off your shoes at the door. Take off your outside world clothing and get into something comfortable. Take a shower or at least wash your hands and face. Sterilize any outer layers that you wear consistently like a favorite jacket, by laying them out in the sunlight or spraying them down with colloidal silver if you have extra available, or wash them more often.
  10. Wash your towels more often and try not to use the same as others in your household.
  11. If you have to touch your face or rub your eyes, get in the habit of using your knuckles and not the tips of your fingers. You are far more likely to have microbes under your fingernails.
  12. And last but not least stay home when possible! Spacial distancing is effective and protects those most at risk in your community. Use this isolation time to write your first novel, or have that introvert time you’ve been neglecting.

Sources and in-depth research on COVVID-19

I pulled information from several of my most-trusted expert herbalists, Ayurvedic Practitioners and experts on Chinese Medicine. Their articles are worth doing the deep dive, but I also tried to digest the information and make it more accessible to you. I will be updating this article over time as I discover new information.

(1) The most fascinating article that I read was this one by Stephen Harrold Buhner. He takes into account many of the sources of medicine in China that have been dealing with these viruses for longer and more intensely than we have in the west. It’s a 20-page article but he goes in-depth into the stages of the virus. A dense but worthwhile read. This is also the thread of his discussion on Facebook.

(2) Rosalee De La Foret has a great writeup on medicines to help with the symptoms in Herbs for Immunity.

(3) This post by Sean Donahue was also very informative.

(4) Matthew Wood has several great articles.

(5)Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment. Written by The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, “Compiled According to Clinical Experience” – apparently a “0% COVID-19 fatality hospital”.

(6) COVID-19 – One Herbalist’s Thoughts on the Coronapocalypse is a lengthy and thorough resource by The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. I have not yet been able to incorporate all of the information in this article but it is a worthwhile read.

Medicine and Herb Strategy

There are a ton of things that will help your immune system; if you have the money and some time on the internet you could easily order a bottle of everything, but this can quickly add up to a lot of money.

My strategy is:

  1. Get the best bang for my buck with medicines and herbs that specifically support the biological functions that COVID-19 and SARS class viruses attacks. If I can find them in a formula, great. If you don’t buy them now, it’s good to familiarize yourself with HOW to get them. It’s most cost-effective to get something that is formulated instead of buying each ingredient separately. I will provide links to online retailers but if you have a local herbalist who can do this for you then it’s a fantastic resource.
  2. Assess things that you already have in your kitchen, like garlic, peppers, cinnamon, and turmeric and licorice. Make a conscious effort to add them more to your diet, or to buy them next time you go grocery shopping.
  3. Begin adding tools that will help with your general immunity and the symptoms of many different sicknesses. I have found that those medicines I stock up for one illness are useful to myself and others several times down the road. If I can get many of these ingredients in one mix for less then all the better.

Medicines Specific to COVVID-19

Shuanhuanglian Formulation (1)

I put this first on my list because it is cheap (<$20), available on Amazon and possibly available at your local acupuncturist or Traditional Chinese Medicine herbalist. As a side note, in the movie Contagion, the “cure” was Forsythia!. This has been going through clinical trials in treating COVID-19. Shanghai Pharmacology Institute found that in 2003 Shuanghuanglian Koufuye successfully tackled coronavirus-induced acute respiratory syndrome SARS-class viruses. It’s also a good viral preventative. It contains:

Chinese Skullcap Root – (Scutellaria baicalensis) One of the strongest herbs that is specifically anti-viral towards SARS-group viruses. It blocks viral attachment to ACE-2 linkages similar to licorice and also moderates the cytokine response and protects the spleen and lymph system from damage.
Lonicera japonica – protective and antiviral
Forythia Suspensa fruit – protective and anti-viral.

Buhner’s SARS-Group Treatment Protocol (1)

This may be the Caddilac of herbal support. Some ingredients are readily available at local herbalists but some are rarer. Some of the online pharmacies like Montana Farmacy who formulate this are out and have closed their online stores for the time being. Napiers is out for the time being but reports that they will be selling again towards the end of March. If you find any online resources, let me know. I would call your local herbalist or Chinese Medicine practitioner to see if they could put this together for you, you should be acquainted with them anyway! You can also get some of the ingredients piecemeal online, at your local health food store, or in an herb shop.

This is composed of three tincture formulations, as follows.

1) Core formulation: Scutellaria baicalensis (3 parts), Polygonum cuspidatum (2 parts), Pueraria (2 parts), Glycyrrhiza (1 part), decocted Sambucus leaf tincture (1 part). Dosage: 1 tsp 3x day, if acute 1 tsp 6x day.

2) Immune formulation: Cordyceps (3 parts), Angelica senensis (2 parts), Rhodiola (1 part), Astragalus (1 part). Dosage: Same as number one.

3) Cellular protection/cytokine modulation/spleen-lymph support: Salvia miltiorrhiza (3 parts), Ceanothus (2 parts), Bidens pilosa (1 part). Dosage: Same as number one.

Chloroquine

Chloroquine is an anti-malarian and in some countries, it is available over the counter in many countries.

It is highly recommended that you take this only with a prescription. I use the links only for those who can’t get to a doctor. It can also lead to ocular toxicity in some cases and cause loss of sight. It should NOT be used for anyone with arrhythmia (e.g., conduction block), retinal disease, or hearing loss.

The China National Center for Biotechnology Development head Zhang Xinmin said that chloroquine is one of the three drugs that have a promising profile against the new coronavirus, reported China Daily. This is the study. I do not have personal experience with this medicine, so consult your doctor. I just wanted you to be aware that it was being used in China.

There are several sources available on Ebay for people who do not have access to medical treatment. Please read up on any contraindications for any medication you are already on and consult your physician. Doctors are trying to preserve the supply for patients who most need this.

According to Xinmin, Chloroquine has been efficacious against COVID-19. patients treated with chloroquine demonstrated a better drop in fever, improvement of lung CT images, and required a shorter time to recover compared to parallel groups.

Found in the Kitchen, Grocery Store & Yard

This section will remind you of items that you may already have at home or in your yard. Hopefully, you will realize how much easy medicine there is in abundance near you. I have been able to relieve myself of the mysery of illness while traveling by raiding the spice cabinet or picking weeds out of the yard.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps to protect the ACE-2 linkages on you the surface membrane of many of the cells in the lungs, gi-tract, heart, vascular cells and the kidneys. (1) Coronavirus attacks these linkages, it’s the entry point for the infection into the cells, and it will disrupt the bodies reglatory process known as RAS (renin-angiotensis system) and will ultimately worsen lung function. Cinnamon helps to block the viral attachment to the ACE-2 linkages. I sprinkle it liberally in my yogurt and muesli in the morning.

Licorice Root – Very Potent

This is not the candy licorice you get at the convenience store. Am I the only one that keeps this around my kitchen?? It’s delicious. I often have licorice pulp to make sweeten my tea. It has a ton of great benefits. It’s specifically anti-viral to COVID-19 and the SARS-group viruses. (1) It increases the T-cell count. The best way to take this is to buy ground licorice from your nearest herb store, mix it with equal parts of the powders of Turmeric (anti-inflammatory) and Cinnamon, and Ginger. Then take a teaspoon of coconut oil and mix the powder in with the oil and eat. Delicious. You can also make a large batch and make a jar of tasty Licorice, turmeric, cinnamon spread and have a spoonful every day. Licorice prevents the virus in many stages of it’s attack so its one of the best things you can have in your kitchen. It’s also good for your digestive system which supports your lungs. I find this often at my local herbalist or health food store in bulk for cheap. At Amazon.

Raw Garlic Cloves

Almost every kitchen I’ve ever been in has a few raw garlic cloves in the cabinet. Garlic is ideal because it’s anti-viral, in increases the killer cells of your immune system, it can help reduce the sickness of flu by 2 to 4 fold, and perhaps most importantly, it reduces the inflammatory cytokines (which is one of the ways that Corona Virus kills people in its late stages with a cytokine storm)

This is easily found around the house, but best eaten in the evening. It lowers your blood pressure so it may make you a little drowsy. Fights vampires and viruses. I find if my lungs start to feel too congested, one or two nights of garlic is enough to clear them out.

Ginger

Well known to combat flue, ginger will warm you up from the inside and help dispel cold-damp conditions (excess phlegm). Chew on fresh ginger root, or make a long-cook tea out of it. I like to put a pot of water on tea, chop up the ginger root and let it cook for 1-2 hours with the lid on. If you want to make a great immunity tea add astragalus.

Cayenne, peppers and fire cider

Cayenne and any hot peppers have a great ability to move mucus and clean out the gut. The coronavirus also is known to have very thick immovable phlegm. Cayenne can move that mucus and a gargle also will bring white blood cells to the throat and any area that feels the cayenne heat. I’m a huge fan of fire cider which uses many of the spicey herbs. Onions, garlic peppers horseradish. You’ll feel your nose clear after a swig. You can buy it at natural health stores or make your own from recipe (it takes about three weeks).

Olive Oil and Olive Leaf

This is a potent antiviral and can be taken as a supplement if need be. I can attest to the effectiveness of this herb. It’s in my go-to stash of flu-season preventatives. It protects the cilia in the lungs, which the virus attacks and replicates within. When the cilia get damaged the lungs can no longer move mucus and toxins up and out of the lungs – which is a precursor to the autoimmune response that can block the lung’s ability to breathe. Easily found at natural food stores on or Amazon. Pill and Liquid. You can also pick olive tree leaves from a tree nearby and make a smoothy with honey and olive oil or put the leaves in boiling water for olive leaf tea. Tastes bitter, but it works.

Oregano Oil, Oregano and Rosemary, Thyme

Oregano oil contains many great compounds. It has fantastic action against respiratory infections. Tincture and essential oil will be the most potent, but adding fresh oregano to food will help too. When I use oregano oil I feel it very quickly clear out my lungs. Oregano and thyme make a great tea (short infusion). It also has a ton of anti-oxidants as well and it can help with fever and sore throat. I like to add five drops of oregano oil to a tablespoon of olive oil and eat, or add 20 drops to a bottle of water and sip several times a day. It can also be a great used along with Rosemary, mint or eucalyptus in a steam to clear your nasal passages.

It can also make a great throat spray when combined with rosemary, mint and eucalyptus oil. Don’t use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a bleeding disorder.

Investing in your medicine cabinet

The next section offers things that you may not already have in your kitchen but they are worthwhile investments because they will help you with many health issues. It’s good to have a well-developed medicine bag.

Medicinal Mushrooms – potent and preventative.

Many of the medicinal mushrooms are so helpful because they are immunomodulating, they teach the immune system to be more intelligently sensitive so that it reacts strongly enough, but not too much. They also provide you with many antioxidants and excellent chemicals that you body needs in its defense. It’s like giving your immune system the weapon it needs!

Cordyceps specifically is great vs COVID-9 as it acts against the virus in a number of levels. It protects the cilia, modulates the cytokine response to help prevent a lethal cytokine storm, and helps to reduce autoimmunity when the immune system attacks the overwhelmed tissues.(1) It also reduces inflammation in the lungs. You can get a bag of the powder to add to your smoothie every morning.

Reishi and the Oregon Conch mushroom also are wonderful for immunoregulation. If you live in the pacific northwest you can even walk into the woods, pull a good one off a tree, slice it up and cook it for two hours in a pot of water and a tablespoon of oil, and make a pot of tea. Pour it into several icecube trays and you have a fresh daily dose you can melt into your coffee in the morning.

There are also several great mixes from Fresh Cap capsules, Naturealm , Microingredients Mega10 Mushrooms, Myriad Mycology Vitality Blend , Wild Mushroom Extract blend. This is the way I would go. Mushrooms can be pricy but they are worth it. They also help with mood regulation and are some of the most powerful anti-cancer medicines.

For a deep dive watch one of the pioneers of mushrooms Paul Stamets.

Colloidal Silver

This is been one of my long-time heroes for all infections. It kills over 650 antigens (bacteria, fungal and viral) It works as well healing and disinfecting externally as it does internally. Silver helps to disable the reproductive and cell-respiration functions of simple organisms like viruses. Some people have reported that internal use does not kill COVID-19. I would add that it is great for external disinfection, and could help you with a secondary bacterial infection. At the very least, it won’t hurt, but don’t rely on it alone.

Amazingly, it can also be one of the best things used to disinfect surfaces, toothbrushes, hands, and clothing if you have a big enough batch of it. I use it to swish around in my mouth after brushing in place of mouthwash. It can even be effective against cavities. When purchased by the bottle it can feel a little precious, so I use it more internally only if I’m paying $25 a bottle. If I have a generator and I’m making it by the quart I used it very liberally and give the medicine away to friends.

You can buy the bottles at most health food stores, or here on Amazon but I suggest putting down $150 and buying a nice generator. Then colloidal silver is practically free after the $3 price of steam-distilled water.

I have owned both of these generators and can attest to their effectiveness and quality: LifeForce Silver Generator and SilverGen. I also found this one on Amazon. Their demand at the moment is extremely high, so you may have to check their website every day to get one.

If you are going to take it internally, it needs to be silver with smaller particles than 20ppm. This allows the tiny silver colloids to move in and out of your cellular tissue. This acts as an extra layer to your immune defense as it weakens most antigens in your body and makes it hard for them to get energy and reproduce. I will take about a teaspoon a day under the tongue as a preventative defense when I’m going in public places where I know I may be exposed.

I will take anywhere from 1oz to 8oz if my body is really under attack. This is more than is usually recommended, but it saved my life once. Taking silver at this high of dose may flush your gut lining like an antibiotic, so it’s good to follow up with yogurt or probiotics. This is less of an issue if you nebulize the silver. Even better against lung-born pathogens, you can put some in a nebulizer and breathe it into your lungs.

You can also mix it in with any hand lotion to make a sanitizing hand lotion.

I have never regretted buying a generator. I use it for so many different things, and it becomes very easy to supply my community with medicine. I would constantly keep several quarts ready. It’s fun to make, as it brings out your mad scientist. Whenever people needed it, I would ask them to bring me a quart mason jar and a bottle of steam distilled water, and I would fill up their jar with what I had already made and stored. I was very popular during cold and flu season and with anyone that was having skin infection issues.

Whenever I bring up colloidal silver people always mention the blue-skin issue. This is not a problem if you are taking small ppm silver particle silver. It is the large particle silver and other silver products that get long chains of silver caught in the skin. I would also not recommend taking colloidal silver all year long every day. But for the time period of the coronavirus, small amounts will be fine.

Elder Leaf – Very potent

The Elder Leaf works at so many stages of the virus. It protects the ACE-2 (1) links and promotes T-cells. It can also help support any fever.

Tincture on Amazon. If you can get a decocted tincture it’s better. Test slowly as it can cause nausea.

Elderberry – Maybe yes maybe no

Elderberry syrup is a usual flu-season favorite as it helps to prevent upper respiratory infections but there is a little bit of controversy in its use against Covid-19.

Elderberry boosts your cytokines, and it’s the cytokine storm in the second week of illness that can be what makes the Corona Virus lethal. It’s great to use if you aren’t immuno-supressed. Don’t use it if you have low T-cells or have an autoimmune issue.

Here’s a more in-depth article on Facebook about the subject and a great article on Herbs for Immunity by Rosalee De La Foret addressing this issue.

Most of my trusted herbalist friends are heartily recommending it. (1) Buhner does not.

You can get it on its own as gummies, capsules, syrup (it’s very tasty) or as part of an immune formula mix.

NAC or N-Acetyl Cysteine

If you have excess phlegm or pneumonia then NAC or N-ACETYL CYSTEINE is a health food supplement that can help your body break down mucus. It’s good to have for cold season anyway. Available at health food stores or Amazon.

Oregon Grape or Goldenseal

Plants with Berberine have shown to be helpful at protecting the cilia from the virus. I find that both of these plants are helpful as tinctures to keep around. They are great at cleaning out the gut, and also helping with respiratory issues. I usually will put a few drops of the tincture in water and drink 10 minutes before meals.

Oregon Grape is available on Amazon and usually on the shelf at Whole Foods.
Goldenseal is more endangered but is also great medicine. Amazon and Whole Foods.

Astragalus – Potent

The best way is to get some of the Astragalus pulp best for teas from your local herbalist. It’s also available in capsules or immune support tinctures (also) with other great medicines. It’s great to mix with your chai tea, or mixed in with bone broth along with medicinal mushrooms. Astragalus decreases auto-immunity which is what causes some of the lethality in the late stages of the virus attack. It helps to build and moderate the immune system. It also helps to modulate the cytokine response.

Japanese Knotweed

This plant grows like a weed. My neighbor in portland was constantly trying to cut it back from taking over and blocking the sidewalk. It’s so packed full of antioxidants that it’s known as the cheaper alternative to Resveritol – the grape skin anti-aging supplement.

Against COVID-19 it defends in 3 important stages: it blocks viral attachment to ACE-2 linkages, modulates cytokine response, and protects endothelial cells.

The reason that you may want it in your medicine cabinet is that it also helps with cognitive disorders like dimension and Alzheimers, heart disease, modulates blood pressure and gastrointestinal distress. It’s also anti-cancer and helps with insulin control.

Powder and tincture.

You can also find it with other medicines in this article in this tincture.

Codonopsis

I like to get the small cut material from my local bulk herbalist and pop a few in my mouth like chewy candy. Also known as the poor-man’s ginseng, it “can stimulate the immune system, strengthen the lungs and has moistening qualities(2)

The dried root on Amazon.

Eat your Vitamins –

Start your large doses of Vitamin C, E, and D to scoop up those free radicals. Do some sunbathing between 10am-2pm exposing half your body to direct sunlight for a full Vitamin D dose.

Preventing Air-born Pathogens

Thieves Oil

A drop of thieves oil placed on a facemask or a scarf can help defend against airborne particles when you are in public places. Made from clove, cinnamon, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon oils.

Diffusing Essential Oils or Smudging

Eucalyptus, Dog fir, or Rosemary hydrosol or diluted essential oil diffused throughout the house can help prevent air-borne pathogens.

Consider smudging with sage, cedar or mugwort for the same effect. A study shows that smudging can remove up to %94 of bacteria (and possibly viruses) within 60 minutes from the air in a room and have a lasting benefit for up to 24 hrs. Perhaps this is where it’s the traditional use of cleansing stems from.

Bay leaf, that grows all over California is a great plant for this.

Treating symptoms

Fever –

Sean Donohue (3) did an exceptional write-up on this that I wanted to share:
“Fever is an immune response that makes our body inhospitable to an invading virus.

Contrary to popular belief, fevers from infection don’t rise to the level necessary to cause neurological damage – 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Some children do experience seizures during fevers, but there is no known link between febrile seizures and neurological problems and no known link between febrile seizures and other kinds of seizures. 

This does not mean you shouldn’t be concerned about someone spiking a high fever – the fever is an indication that they are acutely ill. It just means that the temperature of the fever is not, in and of itself, an indication of how sick that person is. Pay attention to their overall condition, not just to the number on the thermometer.

Suppressing the fever response can slow healing, so generally speaking, we want to support the fever. Herbs that support the fever response are called diaphoretics, and they fall into two categories: stimulating diaphoretics and relaxing diaphoretics.

Stimulating diaphoretics are warming herbs that help the body generate the heat necessary to build and sustain the fever.  
Ginger is a great stimulating diaphoretic. Most of our common kitchen herbs are warming diaphoretics, too: Basil, Oregano, Marjoram, Thyme. Little sips of tea do the job nicely. Honey can make some of the savory kitchen herbs more palatable as teas.

Stimulating diaphoretics are indicated:
• When a person is experiencing chills before the onset of a fever. The chills that precede a fever are an indication that the hypothalamus is trying to elevate the body temperature to drive out the virus – as a result a “normal” body temperature feels cold. Wrap the person up in blankets and give them a nice, hot tea made from a warming herb.
• When a sick person is fatigued and listless.”

Relaxing diaphoretics are herbs that relax tension to allow the body to open the pores and ventilate itself. The flowers of the Elder and Linden trees are wonderful relaxing diaphoretics. Lemonbalm is a very nice one as well. Chamomile and Catnip are relaxing diaphoretics that also warm the body.

Relaxing diaphoretics are indicated:
• When a person is running a fever but is not sweating.
• When a sick person is tense and irritable.

Bed rest is important for a person with a fever – ideally, you should count the number of days between the onset of the fever and the point when the fever breaks and stay in bed for at least that many days after the fever has passed. Of course, I know this will not be an option for many of you.

Hydration is important, especially if you are sweating a lot. Keep replenishing your electrolytes, too.

Hot baths and saunas are excellent if they are available to you, just remember that you may not realize how much you are sweating in the bathtub, so drink more water than you think you need to. An old sock and some dried herbs can turn your tub into a giant tea cup you can soak in – relaxing diaphoretics are especially nice for this purpose.

I tend to fast from the time my body gets the pre-fever chills until it breaks, but then I am of a sturdy constitution. If you do need nourishment during your fever, simple, clear broths are best.”

Read the rest of Sean’s article here.

Dry Cough

Plaintain – This herb is great because it has grown in the back yard of most of the houses that I’ve lived in. It soothes dry, spasmodic coughs like those reported by the CoronaVirus. It’s a very common weed, and springtime is the perfect time for it to pop up everywhere. If you are picking it in public places, be sure to wash it well. Make a tea out of it, chew it or you may also find it in a tincture.

Marshmallow Root infused in cold water. This will calm and soothe a dry irritated throat.

Mullein – tea or tincture – will moisten the dried tissues in the respiratory tract.

Violets
Soothes and moistens and moves lymph. You can make a tea out of violet flowers if you have them growing around.

Anti-Spasmodic Herbs for Dry Coughs

Lobelia Tincture
Take in small drop dosages (increasing slowly as needed) until cough stops. Too much lobelia can cause vomiting.

Valerian – Also promotes sleep. Tea or tincture.

Cramp Bark – Can be used as a tea or a tincture to relieve muscle spams.

For the Thick, Sticky Mucus –

Many of the cases report a thick, sticky mucus that sits in the lungs like glue. This occurs after the cilia have been damaged and the lungs are no longer able to move contaminants up and out of the lungs.

Onion and Garlic. Chop up the onions and garlic and let them sit exposed to the air for 10 minutes. This can be fantastic at breaking up the mucus by eating them. Sometimes I’ll just pop a garlic bulb into my mouth and chew.
You can also make a poultice out of them and rub them on the chest.

Grindelia (Gumweed) and Hoarhound. (3)

Elecampane (1)(2)(3)- helps with lung congestion when you are trying to get mucus up and out. Amazon.

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