At the first inkling of a sore throat, gargle immediately with our Sage & Rosemary Mouth Wash – a great herbal medicine that fights infection while soothing the soreness (not suitable for children). Our Propolis Throat Spray and Propolis Lozenges are also ideal in this respect. Zinc Plus lozenges can help to prevent viral throat infections – suck several daily when at risk. Echinacea should be taken during the early stages of any infection – gargle before swallowing to get the maximum benefit. Children’s Winter Booster helps protect against infection and is useful for children prone to repeated coughs, colds and sore throats.
If the problem is recurrent it is advisable to stay on a dairy free diet for several months, along with appropriate herbs to clear the system. Attention to digestive issues is frequently necessary – we recommend our Dandelion and Milk Thistle capsules. A course of pre- and probiotics such as Eliminex and Biokult will help to address any imbalance in the gut flora.
Avoiding dairy products is advisable during the treatment period. However, intolerance to milk products is common in which case a longer-term restriction is indicated. After a period of total abstinence a small amount of dairy products can often be reintroduced – yoghurt and buttermilk seem to be better tolerated. Finally, a Multi Vitamin/Mineral supplement and 1 to 2 g of Vitamin C a day are recommended to boost the immune system and speed the healing process.
For a rattling cough with lots of mucus you need an expectorant – our Cold & Cough Mix is a herbal medicine especially formulated for this purpose. Elderflower, Peppermint & Composition Essence is ideal to loosen particularly stubborn mucus. For children we recommend our Children’s Cold & Cough Mix and Children’s Winter Booster.
For infection in the lungs (yellow or green mucus) you need herbs with immune-boosting and anti-septic properties. Echinacea will help to boost your immune response while our Eucalyptus & Thyme Capsules are our most powerful remedy for respiratory infections, delivering anti-biotic essential oils directly to fight the bacteria in the airways. Garlic Capsules are also strongly anti-biotic and work directly via the lungs. Our Propolis Syrup will soothe any soreness while also boosting the immune response and fighting the infection. Hyssop Tincture, Thyme Essential Oil and Nebuliser Oil are also excellent remedies for coughs associated with bronchial infection.
For a dry, tickly cough which produces no mucus, or for constant coughing at night you need a soothing remedy. Our Propolis Throat Spray as well as Propolis Lozenges or Olbas Oil Pastilles are all ideal for this purpose.
For nervous coughs please see our section on Anxiety.