Cold & Flu Busters: The Natural Approach, Part Two - December 2017

By Klaus Ferlow, Vancouver, BC

As an addition to my first article with the same title 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 use 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 is an old European tradition. Don't you agree that this is almost a miracle 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 internally 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 be used in the treatment of COLD & FLU especially now the media is "jumping" on and putting fear in people's mind with the so-called "Avian or Bird Flu", listing the common and botanical names:

Angelica (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)
Colloidal Silver
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 Silver, 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)

References:
Indian Herbalogy of North American, 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, Herbal Remedies MediScript Communications Inc., ISBN 1-622162-99051-9




Klaus FerlowKlaus's Bio: Klaus Ferlow, HMH (Honorary Master Herbalist, Dominion Herbal College, Burnaby, B.C., est. 1926), HA (professional Herbal Advocate Canadian Herbalist's Association B.C., Victoria, is a traditional herbalist, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder of Ferlow Botanicals, Vancouver, B.C., www.ferlowbotanicals.com now retired and Peter Ferlow is acting President, manufacturing/distributing herbal medicinal and personal care products with no harmful chemical ingredients to holistic practitioners and selected stores in traditional medicine in Canada and parts of USA since 1993, the company was founded in 1975. His educational articles about health, healing, herbs, nutrition have been published in health & women's magazines, newspapers, newsletter in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa in print and online and on the internet. Klaus founded in 2013 NEEM RESEARCH, Mission,, B.C. to protect and promote the precious healing gift of the Neem tree from India to humanity and with over 23 years experience working with Neem he published in 2016 the book "Neem - Nature's Healing Gift to Humanity", www.neemresearch.ca and is also a co-author of the book "7stepsdentalhealth.com" He is a member of the National Health Federation, Monrovia, Ca., International Herb Association, Jacksonville, Fl, United Plant Savers, Rutland, OH, Neem Foundation, Bombay (Mumbai), India and he can be contacted via neemresearch1@gmail.com - Klaus Ferlow Website - Email


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