Mother Earth Living

Best Herbs for the Common Cold: Herbal Combination Cold Products

By Linda B. White, M.D.
September/October 1998

Here is a sampling of commercial cold-fighting products that contain herbal combinations.


Content Tools

Related Content

Herbal Syrup: Fight Off Colds with an Herbal Arsenal

Herbal syrups are a wonderful vehicle for immune-boosting, antiviral and antibiotic herbs for use an...

Immune Boosters: Elderberry, Echinacea, Garlic and Oregano

The natural world has many treatments for the cold and flu—and some of them might surprise you. Elde...

Connecting Michael Jackson to the Herbal Community

Radio host for the WTBQ's The Urban Herbalist, Marguerite Dunne discusses Michael Jackson's death an...

15 Ways to Survive the Cold and Flu Season

Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little com...

It’s popular for manufacturers to combine two or more herbal remedies into one cold product. Perhaps the combination ­enhances the remedy’s effect. Research shows that some ingredients are effective when combined, whereas some combinations are formulated based on a history of use in traditional herbal medicine.

Germ-fighting herbs often included in commercial herbal cold formulas include burdock, lemon balm, pau d’arco, usnea, cayenne, cloves, osha, echinacea, garlic, Oregon grape, and goldenseal, plus vitamins C and A (an antioxidant that may help reduce infection rate).

Other herbs are included to ease congestion and coughs and soothe irritated membranes, such as white horehound, cleavers, barberry, bayberry, thyme, myrrh, licorice, slippery elm and white willow bark.

Herbs that help digestion and provide flavor include peppermint, ginger, cloves, chamomile, horseradish, and parsley. ­Immune-boosters include astragalus, reishi, schisandra, shiitake, echinacea, vitamin B6, propolis, and zinc.


Linda B. White, M.D., is a freelance editor and writer with a focus on herbal healing.

Click here for the original article,  Best Herbs for the Common Cold.  








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.