Echinacea: Key actions: Immune stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, detoxifying, increases sweating, heals wounds and antiallergenic.
Uses: Echinacea is used for various disorder including allergy, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, chilblains, colds, flu, skin disorder and respiratory problems. “The polysaccharides have an antihyaluronidase action, inhibiting the ability of viruses to enter and take over cells, while the alkamides are antibacterial and antifungal”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier, p. 94)
Elderberry fruit/flower: Key actions: Increases sweating, diuretic and anti-inflammatory.
Uses: Elder berries are rich in vitamin C. Elder berry increase recovery time of flu by producing a mild perspiration that helps to reduce fever and remove toxins.
Goldenseal root: Key actions: Tonic, mild laxative, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, bitter, uterine stimulant, stops internal bleeding and astringent.
Uses: “Most authorities agree that goldenseal is a potent remedy for disorders affecting mucous membranes of the body, notably of the eye, ear, nose and throat, the stomach and intestines, and the vagina”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier, p. 107)
Pau D’arco inner bark: Key actions: Antibacterial, antifungal, immune stimulant, anti-inflammatory, cleansing, tonic and antitumor.
Uses: “The napthaquinones in lapacho have significant antifungal activity against Candida albicans in particular and are antibacterial”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Andrew, Chevallier, p. 139) Traditional Pau D’arco is used to treat fever, wounds, dysentery, cancer, and various viral and bacterial infections.
Garlic bulb: Key actions: Antibiotic, expectorant, increases sweating, lower blood pressure, reduces blood clotting, anti-diabetic and expels worms.
Uses: Garlic is used to lower high blood fat levels, protect against blood clots, keep the blood thin, help prevent stroke, lower high blood pressure and reduce blood sugar. Other traditional uses are for treatment various infections, expectorant against cold and flu, remove parasite, and lower cholesterol.