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RESPIRATORY LIQUID EXTRACT COMBINATION

July 24, 2020

At Cheryl’s Herbs, our liquid extract combination products each contain multiple herbs and are sold in one-ounce, two-ounce, and four-ounce dropper bottles.  These products are for internal use.

Our liquid extract combination called Respiratory has special meaning at this time owing to the fact that Covid-19 still circulates among the world’s population.  It consists of 8 herbs:

Marshmallow Root - is a mucilaginous herb which means it has demulcent effects in the body - it is soothing, moistening, and anti-inflammatory.  It happens to be the most anti-inflammatory mucilaginous herb.  It breaks up hardened tissue, so it benefits us in conditions that are hot, dry, and hard.  It can assist with dry coughs and hardened mucus.

Plantain Leaf - is an herb that is moistening and softening.  It can cool and wet the mucosa and soothe a dry cough.  It can also pull lingering water and mucus up from the depths of the lungs.

Coltsfoot Leaf - According to the herbalist Matthew Wood in his book The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide To Old World Medicinal Plants, and he quotes John Quincy, "Coltsfoot is used after exposure to cold, damp, wind, or germs and viruses have brought about the appearance of a deep respiratory infection.  The condition often becomes chronic, the lungs may be damaged by scar tissue, the mucus is deep-seated and dried up, hence difficult to raise, or wet and sticky, making it difficult to expel."  It is specific when mucus is dry and difficult to raise.

Mullein Leaf and Flower - are parts of the Mullein plant that can help with dry, ticklish coughs by bringing water into hard, dry tissue.  It’s specific to those coughs that are dry and harsh.

Fennel Seed - is a moist and oily herb that reduces dryness.  It thins excess mucus and helps relieve shortness of breath.

Thyme Leaf - also thins excess mucus and helps relieve shortness of breath.  It appears to be well-suited to chills and sepsis, and old, stuck mucus.

Slippery Elm Bark - is another mucilaginous herb that supports people exhausted by fever and that helps to moisten, cleanse, cool, and heal the respiratory tract.  It also supports deepening respiration.

Peppermint Leaf - is an herb that increases oxygenation and respiration.

Overall, this product, as with any other of our liquid extract combinations, is a synergy offering more to us than any one of the individual herbs in it can offer, thereby providing comfort and support to the lungs in times of infection.  

I consider it wise and comforting to be in possession of this liquid extract combination during our time of pandemic.  Even though we may not yet know everything we need to know about this particular coronavirus, it seems this product may well be applicable to some of the uncomfortable symptoms caused by it.

SOURCES:  Matthew Wood's The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants; Matthew Wood's The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants

BOTANICAL SAFETY INFORMATION 

This combination supports the upper and lower respiratory system and enhances the body’s natural defenses. It highlights herbs that promote the health of the lungs and bronchial area.

Use 5-15 drops, 1-2 dropperfuls, or as much as a teaspoon at a time. Dose frequency could be 1-3 times or several times a day as desired. Generally best to use large, frequent doses in acute situations. When more comfort is achieved or the situation is less severe, doses can be smaller and less frequent. Dose recommendations are for adults. For a child, adjust the dose according to weight. For example, if a child weighs approximately half what an adult weighs, give half of any of the above dose suggestions. 

Do not use herbal products to replace necessary care by a qualified physician.

Contains:  

Marshmallow Root, Althaea officinalis, org.

Take with additional water.  Medication should be taken one hour before or several hours after consumption of Marshmallow.

Plantain Leaf, Plantago lanceolata, wild/nat.farm.

Safe to consume when used appropriately.

Coltsfoot Leaf, Tussilago farfara, wild

External use only.  Do not apply on broken skin or open wounds.  Contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids.  Avoid during pregnancy or lactation.  Avoid with a history of liver disease.  Not for long-term use; do not exceed recommended dose.  Standard dose:  1.5 - 6.0 grams of fresh or dried Coltsfoot leaf as tea.  (The leaf as tea is allowed for internal consumption 4 - 6 weeks per year by the German Commission E).

Mullein Leaf & Flower, Verbascum thapsus, org/wild/nat.farm.

Safe to consume when used appropriately.

Fennel Seed,  Foeniculum vulgare, org.

Avoid use of Fennel alcohol liquid extracts and Fennel essential oil during pregnancy or lactation.  May cause allergic reactions of skin and respiratory tract.  Not for long-term use.

Thyme Leaf, Thymus vulgaris, org. 

Avoid during pregnancy.

Slippery Elm Bark (Inner), Ulmus fulva, wild/nat.farm.

Avoid during pregnancy or lactation.  Medications should be taken one hour before or several hours after consumption of Slippery Elm.

Peppermint Leaf, Mentha piperita, org/nat.farm.

Avoid during pregnancy.  Avoid with gastroesophageal reflux or with a hiatal hernia.  Avoid with significant gastrointestinal inflammation or gastrointestinal ulcers.  Co-administration of iron-fortified bread and Peppermint tea reduced absorption of the iron by 84%.






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