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Eyes,Ears,Nose and Throat--MENF Oct 22,2016 Topeka,Kansas

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Herbs For Eyes,Ears,Nose & Throat
Joanne Bauman   

Every year with change in the weather, abundance of sugary goodies at Halloween and holidays to suppress the immune system, and likewise, low immunity from very low from moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency (from being inside all winter out of the sun), closed environs spreading viruses (school,work,airplanes) and more time indoors with drying heat a plethora of illnesses pop up, most common among these are ear, nose and throat problems. 

Kitchen helpers-- ginger, onion and garlic. These items coupled with health promoting  lifestyle and diet can prove as potent preventive measures against such problems. Avoid white flour,excess of salt and sugar, keep yourself hydrated by increasing the intake of fluids like water, fruit juices—avoid caffeine/alcohol dehydrating. Various kinds of herbal teas-- chamomile, peppermint, tulsi (holy basil) can be beneficial.  Gargling with warm water mixed with lemon juice, half teaspoon of salt is another simple home remedy. Inhaling steam helps in opening the clogged nasal tracks, which makes breathing easier.

Also, I am not a doctor so while we can discuss some herbal options , it is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure EENT conditions. If you are on other medications/ drugs, or are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a diagnosed medical condition, please consult your health care professional
The Eyes and Nutrition:Let Food Be Your Medicine
A number of nutrients have been found to be essential to eye health. Carotenoids help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Eat your orange/yellows—carrots, winter squash butternut…, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe,  apricots, yellow/orange peppers, leafy greens -- Collard greens, Kale ,spinach Tomato paste/sauce  Spinach (Spinacea oleracea)
Vitamin E  helps prevent oxidative damage to the small capillaries in the eyes and reduces smoking-related visual/optic degeneration and the formation of cataracts. Flavonoids and isoflavones are powerful antioxidants and antiinflammatory phytochemicals which support connective tissue, veins, capillaries, and arteries: consume Cranberries, Black cherries, Elderberry extract ,Mulberry,  Blueberry/Bilberry, Black Currant, Green tea , Dark chocolate, Turmeric rhizome.
Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oils are most effective) have been found to reduce the incidence of age-related macular degeneration and help ease dry eyes.
Other nutrients zinc (pumpkin seeds, oysters), Vitamin C , selenium (Brazil nuts),
Smoking,strong sunlight, obesity and diabetes are all significant risk factors for degenerative eye disease.

Eye Strain
The rise in cell phones, iPads, computer screens has led to an increase in ocular and visual problems, including eye discomfort, blurring of distant objects, eye strain, and visual fatigue.
•    Take breaks
•    reduce glare
•    eat foods such as bilberries, blueberries, cranberries, black raspberries and red raspberries.
•     grape seed extract  has been recommended for eye disorders like eye strain, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
•    Turmeric-- 
•    Warm or cool compresses
•    Rose Water soothes eye strain and it is a natural relaxer. First, splash cold water on your eyes and dab the water with a towel. Now, take two cotton balls and immerse them in rose water. Then, place the wet balls on your closed eyes and do it twice a day. Strain and dry.
•    A common culinary herb, fennel may also help bring moisture to dry eyes. Apply a fennel compress to cool, refresh and restore moisture to dry, tired yes. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp. of dried fennel, allow the mixture to steep for at least 15 minutes, and then fully strain the herbs from the liquid. Make a compress by soaking a clean cotton cloth or cotton pads in the warm tea.  Apply to closed eyes and leave on for at least 10 minutes, or until your eyes are no longer dry. Can get fennel tea bags and use those.
•    Chicory (Cichorium intybus) and Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) flowers also make eye washes and soothe dry eyes.

Pink eye/Conjunctivitis
Acute conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is a contagious viral or bacterial infection  with symptoms including irritation of the eye, mild pain, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, and in bacterial cases, oozing discharge like glue to eyes. It is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops.

Breast milk— If you are or know a breastfeeding Mom , a drop or two of breastmilk expressed into a cup and then applied with a clean eyedropper to the infected eye has been used to relieve pinkeye. Reapplication may be necessary every hour for a few hours, until alleviated. At an herb conference, a woman asked if there were any breastfeeding women and a woman helped out; by that afternoon, her eye was much improved.

 Herbs to consider—chickweed, chamomile, calendula, eyebright (more allergy eyes)
  Chickweed (stellaria media) common healing yard weed in spring.  Moist, tastes like sprouts and will have tiny hairs along one side of stem only. To prepare a poultice, gather a large handful of fresh chickweed and rinse it under cold water. Shake dry.  Bruise it until juicy and apply a quarter or a third of the bundle over the infected eye and cover with a cotton cloth (or if preferred, chop the herb and wrap in a thin cheesecloth/tea bag. When the poultice feels warm, discard it and replace it with another third of the bundle, continuing the process for about 20 minutes.   It is critically important to use fresh chickweed for each application so bacteria are not reintroduced. Generally symptoms will at least start to go away after the first application, but use several more chickweed poultices, once or twice a day for several more days.

Susun Weed’s Chickweed Eye Lotion
4 oz/125ml distilled water
4 oz/125ml witch hazel
1 Tbs/15ml chickweed tincture
Combine all ingredients in a clean plastic dispenser-top bottle. Use pre-pared witch hazel from drugstore. Shake well.
To use: Wet a cloth or cotton ball with lotion and apply to closed eyes for 3 minutes. Discontinue if eyes are sensitive.

Chamomile (Matricaria )- Simply place cool, moist chamomile tea bags on each closed eye for about 10 minutes. Repeat this every couple hours. You can buy these tea bags at natural grocery markets or even some supermarkets. Make sure chamomile is the only ingredient. If you have bulk chamomile flowers, simply use a muslin tea bag. You can also just wash the eyes out with the tea, make a compress with a cloth, or even soak a cotton ball in the tea and wipe the eyes every so often
Chamomile also soothes tired and irritate eyes.

Calendula   this herb is soothing and reduces swelling and itching as well as inflammation. Antiseptic, it is helpful in infections like pink eye, irritation due to pollution and allergies.Use home grown or bulk herb to make a compress or use as an eyewash or eye drop, as you would chamomile.
Chamomile and Calendula are both Asteraceae (Aster-a-cee-a) family; if you are allergic to other asters, like daisy or ragweed, you may be sensitive.

 You can also use Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis).Herbalist David Winston likes if it is viral conjunctivitis . Infuse a teaspoon of the herb in a cup of hot water. Allow to cool, strain. Put the tea in an eye cup (available at pharmacies) and use it in the recommended way. You can wash the eye using 1 cup of boiled and cooled water. Add 5 drops of Eyebright tincture. Use a cotton ball. Never use straight tincture in an eye. Eyebright can also ease eye strain from overuse, bright lights and other stresses. It soothes and heals burning, itching eyes, relieves light sensitivity and the sticky eye gum or yellow discharges that sometimes occur in irritated eyes. Use this herb as eye drops or take alcohol extract (tincture) internally. 

Other options: Berberine containing herbs, including Goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis),  Oregon Grape root (Mahonia spp.), among others have broad spectrum antibacterial activity.

Sometimes conjunctivitis is associated with upper respiratory infection—incorporate immune support like elderberry, garlic, Echinacea. Pick 1 plantain leaf bruise a bit, pour 1 C boiling water over. Steep. Drink 1 C day achy, swollen glands,maybe viral

Styes, a stye is a small bump caused by the infection of an eyelash follicle.. Do not use old eye makeup or stop using eye makeup altogether. Wash your hands regularly, especially if you wear contacts. Styes may be sign of depressed immune system.  Potato has astringent qualities that shrink body tissues and can give relief to skin irritations. To utilize a potato in this manner, grate it, wrap it in cheesecloth and apply it directly to the stye. Find a plantain leaf, chew it or bruise it to break the cell wall, poultice it—place it—on lid. Also, calendula, chamomile again can be used. So can a Demulcent (relieving inflammation or irritation). drawing poultice…slippery elm, marshmallow root put a little in 4 x 4 gauze, tea bag…dip in hot water apply…do 2 then as one cools, you’ll have next switch out
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye which causes impaired vision. Impaired circulation to the eye caused by  aging, obesity, taking steroids, exposure to UV radiation and other conditions are associated with cataracts. Herbs cannot achieve the dramatic benefits of surgery, but can help prevent formation of cataracts and slow their progression. Wearing sunglasses and quitting smoking can also help slow the progression of cataracts. 
Eat Veggies, dark leafy greens, purple beets, berries. Green tea.

Herbs and Supplements For Cataracts
Alpha-lipoic acid. The preferred form is R-lipoic acid, although the S-lipoic acid is active as well. In an animal study it delayed
onset of cataracts and inhibited their progression.
Blueberry/Bilberry fruit (Vaccinium spp.)
Regular consumption of the berries can enhance the integrity of the capillaries of the eyes, help prevent cataract formation and slow the progression. Herbalist David Winston suggests Solid extract: 1/4-1/2 teaspoon twice daily.

Deborah Frances ND, employs Homeopathic cineraria maritima  natural ophthalmic drops  Dusty Miller.
Ginkgo leaf (Ginkgo biloba)
Increases circulation to the eye
Resveratrol antioxidant phytochemicals are found in red wine, purple and red grapes and Japanese Knotweed root. In animal studies, Resveratrol was found to help prevent cataract formation.
Turmeric rhizome (Curcuma longa)
 Winston suggests :Tea (Infusion): 1/2 tsp. dried, freshly powdered rhizome, 8 oz. hot water, steep covered for 45 minutes, take 4 oz. 4x/day. Tincture.
Glaucoma is a condition where the intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eye increases and causes damage to the ocular nerve. Congestion of micro-capillaries and lymph vessels plays a role in glaucoma . Using herbs that move blood and lymph may enhance the efficacy of treatments for glaucoma.: Cleavers herb (Galium aparine), Self Heal herb (Prunella vulgaris) Burdock root (Arctium lappa, A. minus), Calendula flower (Calendula officinalis
Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)
With the exception of states with medical marijuana laws, this drug is illegal even when prescribed for medical usage to reduce eye pressure. Clinician David Winston shares the synthetic derivatives  are not effective for treating Glaucoma or for pain relief. Likewise, he said, Coleus (Coleus forskohlii)Eye drops have shown benefits for treating glaucoma; grown in Nepal, Thailand and India. Unfortunately, Winston states, standardized Coleus eye drops are not available in the United States.

The ear, is not only responsible for hearing, it also plays a part in maintaining balance.  It is important to seek medical attention if any of the following symptoms last for a day or more:
•    Pain
•    Difficulty hearing
•    Discharge from the ear
•    Ringing or buzzing sound
•    Loss of balance
The ear mainly consists of the outer ear, ear canal, eardrum, middle and inner ear, and eustachian tube. The eardrum is the thin membrane that receives and transmits sound waves through the ear, and the eustachian tube runs from the middle ear to the nasal cavity. This helps to equalize air pressure which is important to the health of the ear.
Auditory Problems
Loud music, leaf blowers, and industrial equipment can all lead to decreased hearing and deafness. Other factors that can contribute: family history, aging, diseases, trauma, some medications, and
environmental (lead, pesticides, solvents and mercury).

Otitis media (middle ear infection)
This is the most common ear problem that affects young children, though adults are not immune to it. This happens when the eustachian tube becomes inflamed from something such as a common cold, sinus infection, or allergies. This results in fluid building up in the middle ear. Viral or bacterial infection of this nature can cause the eardrum to become inflamed, which may result in a build up of pus or fluid behind the eardrum.
A feeling of blockage or pressure may be felt in the infected ear along with pain and fever. Hearing may also be muffled. Avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke, increasing Vitamin C and zinc intake, and eliminating diary from the diet are good starting points for alleviating.
Echinacea root (Echinacea angustifolia)
Is effective for acute ear infection with pain and a yellow or green mucus discharge. 
 Fresh tincture. Can combine with
Eyebright fresh herb (Euphrasia spp.)
Fresh tincture

Topicals: If you are certain there is no  perforated eardrum; eardrums are intact (tympanic membrane)
Garlic oil (Allium sativum), Mullein flower oil (Verbascum thapsus), St. John’s wort oil (Hypericum perforatum)—good to comfort nerve pain in ear.
Lavender infused oil or essential oil (Lavendula angustifolia) couple drops
Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tobacco (Nicotiana spp.)
Is an old time remedy for acute Otitis media. The warm tobacco smoke is gently blown into the ear to relieve pain.

Commonly known as swimmer’s ear, an infection of the outer ear canal, happens when water gets trapped here. A fungus or bacteria may then grow in the ear canal. This kind of infection does not just infect swimmers. A person cleaning their ear improperly with a cotton swab can also get swimmer’s ear.
The affected ear may feel blocked and may be accompanied by pain, itching, and a foul-smelling discharge. In some cases, partial hearing loss is reported, but this is only temporary.
Similar garlic,mullein, calendula, thyme, etc…fungal or antibacterial ear drops

Tinnitus is a condition in which a person often hears noises in their ears—buzzing, ringing, humming, roaring… Michelangelo wrote in his memoirs that he was “plagued by the incessant chirping of crickets.”  Any number of ear problems could attribute to these noises, such as constantly being around loud noises, certain medications, trauma, alcoholism, or high blood pressure. Damaged nerve endings or the bones in the inner ear stiffening can be to blame. Many times, tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition, but is usually not serious. Ear wax build up can even be the cause. The primary offenders are aspartame (NutraSweet), aspirin, steroids, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, antihistamines, anti-seizure drugs, antibiotics (especially cephalosporins) and pain killers. If drug initiation corresponds with onset of tinnitus — bingo! Some tinnitus is due to circulatory problems, including low blood volume. Make sure you are not anemic, especially if also being tired, pale and having heavy menses. physician will perform a series of tests in this situation to find the source of the problem.

Susun Weed teaches Violet flower oil in ears eases tinnitus.

Matthew Wood’s fav remedy is Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) tea 2-3 cups day til the noise goes away ; especially when congestion is a cause. It is the only plant I know of that will, as a tea or tincture, target congestion in the Eustachian tubes and help it to drain. It has been used with great success in relieving tinnitus, especially due to injury, though it may take several months of use before improvement is seen (or heard…). Matthew Wood reports excellent results from using it to treat middle ear infections, or cases where a sore throat spreads upwards into the ears. Ground Ivy is a plentiful min family member growing in yards spring through May typically. 
•    1 teaspoon of dried flower/leaves, or 2 teaspoons fresh flower/leaves per cup. Cover with hot, almost boiling water and infuse for 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup, 3x a day. Add peppermint or honey to taste.
• Express fresh juice with press and take 1 teaspoon 3x a day.
• Tincture dosage: 1 – 3 ml 3 x a day, folk method

Fenugreek Seeds tea also may reduce symptoms associated with tinnitus.

Plantain may be drank as a tea three times a day for 6 weeks - or a plantain infusion can be carefully used to rinse out the ears.

Gingko Biloba  Of all herbs studied for tinnitus, gingko biloba is the most widely researched. Scientists believe extracts taken from gingko's leaves help circulation and enhance blood flow to the ears which can reduce the annoying buzzing and clicks associated with tinnitus.  The American Herb Association reports it can take around 3 months for gingko's effects on tinnitus to be apparent.

Not only is the nose the organ responsible for our sense of smell, it is also the main entry way for air to get into our lungs. Linked to the nasal cavity are the sinuses – air pockets in the face and skull which are also covered with mucous membranes that help warm, moisturize, and cleanse the incoming air. 
As our standards of living become more urban; and as our food becomes more sterile, processed, and modified, we suffer from seasonal allergies, food allergies, autoimmune diseases, and emotional instability.

Allergies Seasonal allergy symptoms differ for each person but generally include:
•    red, itchy eyes
•    sneezing
•    runny nose or clogged nose
•    sinus headaches
•    wheezing
•    watery eyes

Based on the time of year a person is having their problems, you can make a rough estimation of their allergies and symptoms.
•    allergic reaction to tree pollens generally bring discomfort in the spring.
•    allergic reaction to grass pollens generally have the most discomfort in the summer.
•    allergic reaction to weed pollens (ragweed most often) are miserable in the fall.

Food choices can also play a part in allergies. Many people find that an elimination diet helps them determine which foods are exacerbating the immune response. Gluten,soy and dairy are often culprits. Because seasonal allergies are a highly inflammatory condition, eating a diet high in antioxidants and healthy fats will help to reduce the systemic inflammation. Flavonoids and Vit C. are helpful here again too: Deborah Frances rosehip Jam…take deseeded Rosehips and put in a jar(seeds and inside rosehips fuzzy), cover with blueberry,elderberry,or grape juice. Grate  orange rind in or add some orange juice. Take spoonful or add to tea or toast.
 Regular intake (ideally with every meal, especially if your allergies are bad and chronic) of bitter greens, and bitter roots. They act as “prebiotics,” making for a strong digestive response, and a decreased sweet craving. Inulin, a plant starch, is a prebiotic that helps absorb and make use of nutrients, aids digestion and supports the immune system. Roots like Echinacea, burdock, elecampane and others when tinctured in alcohol may have white inulin at the bottom of the jar—don’t panic!
 Probiotics, which can come in many forms: soil, fermented foods (kvass, kraut), and beverages (kefir) as supplement
Reishi (ganoderma lucidum)contains steroid-like anti-inflammatory compounds that inhibit inflammation and histamine, the chemical responsible for allergic symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, hives and bronchial constriction. Cordyceps fungus (Cordyceps sinensis) Maitake fungus (Grifola frondosa) also support immune system.
Onions have an anti-histamine response in the body! The high sulfur and quercetin have been found to alleviate allergic responses. . Quercetin prevents immune cells from releasing histamines, chemicals that cause allergic reaction.
Bee pollen and raw organic honey especially local to your area can aid allergic reactions.
Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) One of the best nourishing tonics. It gives natural energy, strengthens the adrenals, steadies nerves, and is said to restore flexibility to blood vessels.  Loaded with calcium plus generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, iron, boron, and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is reputed to have more chlorophyll than any other herb. Stinging nettles nourish and support the entire body, particularly the endocrine, immune, urinary, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Susun Weed advises that “Nettle is an ally which – combined with the Wise Woman ways – can help the gradual healing of a person with a condition such as hay fever, allergies etc… Try a cup/250 ml of nettle infusion, or a half cup/125 ml cooked fresh greens and pot liquor, or a teaspoonful of the juice every nice spring day for at least a month.”
Nettles are best used as a tonic herb for chronic allergy sufferers. Expect to use nettles regularly for one week to one month before realizing significant improvement and relief.

!!!!Precautions Note: Herbs To Watch If You Have Allergies  The Asteraceae  / Compositae  family. Chamomile, Echinacea ,Goldenrod, Dandelion root, Milk Thistle can  cause breathing problems and allergic reactions in susceptible, or sensitized, individuals, especially those with an existing ragweed allergy because of the shared plant family. People with an allergy to ragweed pollen may experience worsened allergy symptoms.

Goldenrod(Solidago canadensis) Contrary to PR and use in allergy ads on tv, No one is, no one can be, allergic to goldenrod pollen. Why? It has virtually none. What little pollen it makes is sticky, all the better to stick onto insects who pollinate the goldenrod. It has 7 times the antioxidants as green tea; it shines  for allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergies. It appears in many herbal seasonal allergy formulas and for many people, it completely eliminates the itchy-red-eyes, runny-nose and excessive sneezing symptoms. Herbalist Matt Wood recommends it in small drop doses. You can also take as a tea: 3 TBS in one quart of hot water, steeped 30 minutes, daily.

Elderflower is very effective to soothe the mucous membranes, lower fever, ease a runny nose and provide some minor benefit for coughs as well. It’s also an immune boost and antiviral. You can drink an elderflower infusion daily, starting in February or March and continuing throughout the hayfever season.Also,  Elderflower has been shown to reduce severity of hay fever, taking 10 to 20 drops of liquid tincture weeks before pollen appears. 

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Yarrow tincture reduces congestion and secretions and eases post nasal drip.  

Lemon, garlic, horseradish honey.

Eyebright herb (Euphrasia spp.)
The fresh tincture of Eyebright is useful for helping to dry up excessive sinus secretions, stabilize mast
cells and inhibit histamine response. It is also of benefit for the red, itchy eyes caused by hayfever.

Osha root (Ligusticum porteri)
conditions with profuse nasal secretions, either clear or white in color, and post-nasal drip. Tincture ;Tea (Infusion)of powdered root.

Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica)
Is used to reduce excessive sinus secretions, especially if the mucus is clear or white. Tincture ; Tea

Kudzu root/ (Pueraria lobata)
Acts as an antihistamine, helping to reduce excessive sinus secretions due to allergic rhinitis or colds. Tea (Decoction) dried root; Tincture

Herb Steams

Aromatic Herbs in steam loosen mucus, ease stuffed up nose, cough, chest congestion to make breathing easier. Steaming also clears up the ears in the process of clearing the nose and sinus.

Allergy Relief Tea Blends-- cool, minty flavored infusion blend with its citrus undertone. Nettle leaf, chickweed, Peppermint/Spearmint, Eyebright, Calendula flowers, Red Clover tops/blossom, Lavender flowers, Fennel seed.
A drying antihistamine type tea for a chronic runny nose allergic condition. Blended with Yerba Mansa, Yerba Santa, Echinacea herb, Rooibos, Nettle, Eyebright, Cleavers, Oregon Grape root, Peppermint, Spearmint.
A relieving blend of herbs that dries up non-moving mucous in the head and sinuses. Reduces excessive production of mucous, helping with sinus infections, allergies, post cold mucous build-up and post nasal drip. Fenugreek seed, Thyme, Nettle, Elecampane root, Yerba Mansa, Yerba Santa, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Orange peel
An infection in the sinuses is referred to as sinusitis. Most of the time, sinusitis starts with a cold or allergies, which cause an increase in mucous production. Sometimes, these may also cause the mucous membranes to swell and cause the mucous to build up and get trapped in the sinuses. Many times this lets bacteria grow in the sinuses.
Pain  can be felt in the cheeks, forehead, or upper jaw. Fever and sore throat also often accompany a sinus infection. Chronic infections are often related to chronic allergies (mold, dust mites), fungal infections or chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Many herbs discussed above with alleries and...
Bromelain It is an antiinflammatory enzyme extracted from the Pineapple.
Echinacea root (Echinacea angustifolia)
Eyebright fresh herb (Euphrasia spp.)
Tickseed herb (Bidens spp.)
This little-known herb is useful for people with profuse nasal secretions that are clear, white, yellow or green. The sinuses are tender and inflamed.

Sinus Nasal and Eye washes: Herbalist Jim McDonald who has had his own sinus struggles shared nasal washes and eye washes. Nasal washes can be administered by neti pot or nasal spray bottles. Be aware, especially if using nasal spray bottles that this mixture isn't preserved, and will spoil just like tea will, so use it in a day. Whatever you do, don't spray rotting tea up your nose. And if a batch of tea goes bad in a nasal spray bottle, recycle it and get a new one:
On the whole, if a tissue is swollen, inflamed and leaking fluids, it's telling you it needs an astringent. goldenrod,  weeping willow tincture added to a saline solution for sinus swelling with intense inflammation and pain. For eyewashes, astringents address swelling, inflammation and mucus discharge purple loosestrife or eyebright. Whether for the eyes of nasal cavity, don't make or use very strongly astringent preparations, as you can overshoot the mark and dry the tissues out too much, This is especially true for eyewashes.

Aromatics disperse congestion, are often antimicrobials, and like astringents also act as topical anti-inflammatories. wild bee balm, monarda fistulosa as a very mild tea for sinus inflammation and congestion; chamomile eye wash is a spectacular soothing aromatic anti-inflammatory.
These herbs help to heal damage to tissues; plantain leaf (broad or narrow). .

Sore Throat/Strep/Tonsillitis
Sore throats are a common occurrence and many sore throats herald the beginning of a cold or influenza. Sore throats can be caused by allergies/post-nasal drip, dry air, bacterial (strep) or viral infection.
Tonsillitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection and involves inflammation of the tonsils,sore throat and, in some cases, a fever, cough, headache or body aches. Smoking and excessive alcohol use can irritate the sensitive throat tissues and cause chronic sore throats.

 Salt Water Gargling
One of the most recommended home remedies for treating throat disorders.   Gargling with salt water also soothes inflamed tonsils. Saline water is prepared by adding a teaspoon of salt to a warm cup of water.

Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is made with ginger and warm water. Ginger tea can be flavored with honey and lemon, both of which increase its  immune boosting properties.

Apple cider vinegar and raw honey

Garlic, lemon honey spoonful

Burdock seed for treat tonsillitis, painful sore throats and irritative coughs.  Tea (Decoction): 1 tsp. dried seed, 8 oz., decoct 10-15 minutes, steep 45 minutes, take 2-3
cups/day  or Burdock seed Tincture

Echinacea root (Echinacea angustifolia)

Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra,)
This sweet root has a long history of use for store throat, dry coughs and laryngitis. It has been shown to have antibacterial activity has demulcent, cough suppressant

Slippery Elm and Marshmallow root

Sage herb (Salvia officinalis)
For painful sore throat with excessive mucus secretion, gargle with Sage. 1 tsp. dried herb, 8 oz. hot water, steep covered for 20 minutes, gargle frequently with tea

Spilanthes herb/flower (Spilanthes spp.)
Is beneficial for sore throats where it is painful to swallow and the tissue is red with a post-nasal drip.  Tincture

Thyme herb (Thymus vulgaris)
Can be used for viral or bacterial sore throats. It inhibits infection and helps to relieve pain. Tincture. Tea:

Horehound herb (Marrubium vulgare)
Has been used for millennia for laryngitis, coughs, tonsillitis and sore throat. It has antiviral and antiinflammatory
activity. Horehound cough drops. Tea

Myrrh gum resin (Commiphora molmol)
antibacterial and promotes healing of tonsillitis, gum disease and strep throat.

Lemon Balm

Is a powerful antiseptic (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal) useful for strep throat, tonsillitis, uvulitis and
esophagitis. Avoid use in people with bee allergies.: Tincture

Usnea lichen (Usnea barbata)
 acute throat infections; use low dose tincture powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity.strep

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