Homemade Herbals

Handmade Herbal Medicinals



The Coronavirus has brought us to a new place as a world, one where we can't touch each other or gather together, yet really feeling the fact that we are only as healthy as the person standing next to us. This gives us both a sense of isolation as well as a sense of responsibility and connection. It can bring anxiety and panic as well as resilience and kindness.
There are so many words of advice out there, I will throw my two pennies in, to reaffirm that we can use our past to help pull us up and eventually, out of this.
Our immediate ancestors have been through epidemics, not the same germs, or the same way, but there is age old wisdom, passed down through the wise women of each generation that teaches us how to support ourselves with what is around us. Let's dig deep, remember what our grandparents did, the foods they ate, the medicine they swore by, ask our families, and support ourselves and each other, in addition to the wisdom of our modern day medicine. In these coming weeks, there will be more cases and the health care systems will be overwhelmed.
The more self care we can do at home for ourselves, our families, and our community, the better off we will all be. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that onion or chicken soup, lemon balm and gargling with salt water will cure you, or maybe even stop you getting this virus. What I am saying is, In these coming weeks, there will be more cases and the health care systems will be overwhelmed. The more self care we can do at home for ourselves, our families, and our community, the better off we will all be, literally. This is a painful awakening of how we are all interconnected. We must wise up and help each other, as the only way through.
I don’t claim to have answers, but this is my semblance of a regime; (in addition to all the hand washing, surface cleaning and social distancing already recommended).
We take Vitamin D3, Liposomal Vitamin C and Zinc everyday. My kids take Elderberry syrup (Elderberries, Elderflowers, Thyme, Rose Petals, Orange, Peels, Milk Thistle, Cinnamon, Fenugreek, Rose Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, Brown Sugar.)
I know there has been some controversy as to whether to take Elderberry because it can increase the cytokine storm that occurs with Covid 19, but as a preventative it is a great remedy. If symptoms of Covid 19 begin, stop taking the Elderberry. https://www.donnieyance.com/the-truth-about-elderberry-sambucus-nigra/
I’ve been drinking lemon balm and mint tea with my kids, fresh from the garden. Lemon Balm is an antiviral and Mint keeps your pores open (diaphoretic) which allows your skin to become an elimination route for lymphatic load. The skin and your body’s temperature regulating mechanism is a key first line of defense for releasing the overload of pathogens (Matthew Wood). Keeping pores open and allowing sweating to occur can mean the difference between allowing the virus to pass or the stagnation of fluids into the lungs where it can become more serious.
I woke up with a sore throat, hurrah! I thought. Luckily, I have so many herbs and vitamins and remedies at home, and most of us can use what’s already in our kitchen or growing nearby to help us. First up, gargle with warm salt water. Salt kills the microbes on the back of your throat. You can also use warm salt water up your nose to clear the nasal passageways and then use a barrier oil such as a Herbal salve, with calendula (antimicrobial) and other herbs up each nostril. Take care to apply using separate fingers when dipping back into the salve.
Sage is a strong and potent antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent with a long use for sore throats. Sage often grows near us or in our gardens and may not have run out on the shelves of the market just yet! Other helpful herbs or foods are thyme, rosemary, ginger, marshmallow root, garlic, cayenne, propolis apple cider vinegar, onions, chicken soup, and hot lemon and honey.
For Coughs, use herbal steams, warm baths with epsom salts and lavender oil, skin brushing to increase circulation and open pores - use salt scrubs. Warm broths with onion and garlic, astragalus and medicinal mushrooms. Use diaphoretic herbs such as yarrow and peppermint to increase sweating. Use an aromatherapy diffuser in the rooms where you spend the most time. Put pots of boiling water on the stove and add aromatic herbs (eg Rosemary, thyme, lavender, pine etc.. ) allow it to steam up the windows. Use an onion poultice in cases of deep lung congestion and bronchial inflammation. It can bring relief to lungs when it hurts too much to cough. Thinly slice 3 large onions (organic if possible) and saute them, covered in a small amount of water until transparent. Fold half of the onions in a cloth and apply as hot as the patient can stand it (without burning them of course!)Immediately cover with towels so the heat is retained. Begin preparing next poultice. When first has cooled, replace with second immediately. Then when therapy is complete, dry the chest and tuck the patient in bed to rest. For an excellent article on Onion and all other works from this brilliant mind https://enchantersgreen.com/onion Make a garlic decoction... chop up 3 or 4 garlic cloves and simmer in water for 20 mins. The heat will relieve some of the sharp taste and be easier to digest. Take teaspoons by themselves or add honey, throughout the day.
Lots of different herbal actions can benefit and help coughs whether they are spasmodic, wet, or dry. Allow your body to use its own innate wisdom, follow the pathways of elimination so that the virus can be released from your body and not accumulate and stagnate and encourage the growth of bacteria.
Here are some remedies I have made recently - I have a lot of some, a few of others, but I want to make it available to people if they are interested.
FEVER REDUCER- Ingredients: Old Gypsy Cold Care and Fever reducer.. Elderflowers, Yarrow and Peppermint, alcohol. Has cooling and Diaphoretic properties - which means it opens the pores and allows you to sweat, thereby cooling temperatures from the inside out. Safe for kids, but very Minty! Will need diluting - add a dropperful to a large glass of water and sip continuously.
2 oz Bottles
Ingredients: fennel seeds, marshmallow, licorice, slippery elm, burdock, plantain, red clover, elecampane, lobelia, schisandra, honey, brandy.
This is sweet and yummy and great for soothing and resolving dry coughs. Do not use for wet coughs.
1 oz Bottle 2 oz Bottle
Dose: 1-2 Dropperfuls 3 or 4 times daily.
IMMUNE FORMULA - useful for supporting our immune systems, lymph, lungs, blood and adrenals.
Ingredients: Burdock, Yarrow, Olive leaf, Rhodiola, Yerba Mansa, Lemon Balm, Elecampane, Red root, Licorice, Marshmallow, Turmeric, Reishi, Lobelia.
ACUTE FORMULA FOR ONSET OF SYMPTOMS: mullein, chinese skullcap, Reishi, american ginseng, licorice, ginger, turmeric.
TEA FOR CHILLS AND PAIN, COUGHS AND FEVER - Boneset, Jamaican Dogwood and Fennel
I also have a bundle of other cough syrups and immune tonics, Boneset tea and can make up custom herbs. Talk to me if you cannot afford these prices and I will see how we can make a plan for you. If you can afford more, please consider offering more so that I can make more medicines or pass them out to people in need. Thank you and Be Well
My number is 510-478-5776 [email protected]

Here is a link to the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to the Coronavirus - it has been employed in China and Hong Kong and had a noticeable effect on lessening the chance for pneumonia and secondary infection by giving the pathogen an elimination pathway. https://www.acuhealcenter.com/…/coronavirus-treatment-acco…/

Here is Stephen Buhner’s protocol for Sars virus which is very similar and also a coronavirus - Written by Stephen Harrod Buhner January 23, 2020 - Used by permission
"Corona virus treatment. I have an analysis of how corona viruses infect tissues, what tissues they infect, and the herbs that are useful to interrupt that process, as well as the herbs useful to shut down the cytokine cascade they create on pages 52-55 of Herbal Antivirals. It is useful reading in that it can inform treatment from a knowledgeable place (there are also some suggestions, not often used by medical professionals, for specific pharmaceuticals that have been found to be useful). Here is a sample protocol.
Please note it is rather more extensive than the ones i normally suggest, this is because the particular corona virus that is now spreading world wide is exceptionally potent in its impacts. Again, this is only a suggested protocol, but all the herbs are specific in one way or another for this virus. A number of the herbs are strongly antiviral for corona viruses. In general, I would only begin using these formulations IF there is good reason to believe that the virus is entering your area. The formulations are preventative as well as specific for acute infections, the only alteration is the dosage.
Core tincture formulation (#1): Baikal skullcap, japanese knotweed root, kudzu, licorice, elderberry. Dosage: 1 tsp 3x day, 6x if active infection.
Immune system, cellular protection, cytokine interruption tincture formulation, supportive for core tincture activity (#2): Cordyceps, Dong Quai, rhodiola, astragalus. Dosage: same as above.
Cellular proten, spleen/lymph support tincture formulation (#3): Dan Shen, red root, cinnamon. Dosage as above.
With active infection: very strong boneset tea, to 6x day.
I have used this with other corona virus infections, including SARS, it works well."

If you are partial to a bit of homeopathy here are some old remedies that were used in the Spanish flu of 1918.
If you should have chilly spells, and your nose feels stuffed up, great thirst, very restless and feverish, put five drops Tincture Aconite in half a glass of water, take one teaspoonful every hour. Put your feet in hot water, as hot as you can bear it, keep them in the water for 15 minutes. Drink plenty of hot lemonade.
Gelsemium 3x: Controlled the fatigue cases having chilliness, moderate fever, sneezing, watery nasal discharge. No thirst. Yawning. Drowsy but often sleepless. Deep-seated, dull aching in the limbs and joints. Banded feeling around head or occiput fullness.
Eupatorium 3x: Marked chill followed by fever 103° to 105° F/39° to 41° C. Pulsating frontal or occipital headache. Intense aching in back. Deep bone aching. Nausea. Vomiting. Larynx rough, scraping sensation producing cough. Oppression of chest with soreness.
Bryonia 1x: Much chilliness, frequently with heat in head. Flushed face and much thirst. Heat more internal. Transient sweats of single parts. Dry cough which yields to blood specked expectoration. Constriction of chest and pressure on sternum. The symptoms all aggravated by motion… Desire to but unable to take deep breath.