This is a good capsule to take to lessen the length and severity of colds and flu. Mix together in the blender 1 tablespoon each of yarrow, elder flowers, boneset, verbena, peppermint, powdered valerian root, and horehound.
Place the herbal mixture in capsules and take 2 capsules every 3-4 hours until symptoms are relieved.
Yarrow is added because it contains salicylic acid derivatives, which do lessen the discomforts of the symptoms. Salicylic acid is in aspirin so it would reduce fever and fight pain or discomfort. Also, it contains azulene and other compounds that fight inflammations and infections. Yarrow is a great antiseptic.
Elder flowers are used in this recipe because the flowers stimulate secretion of the sweat glands. When sweating increases, fever tends to come down.
Boneset is used because it is a muscle relaxant, and a diaphoretic. It acts as a tonic for the whole body. It has a great cleansing effects on most of the body’s organs.
Verbena is used because it settles the stomach and acts as a tonic for the stomach and intestines. Verbena has some sedative properties and will help to reduce fever.
Peppermint is used in this recipe to reduce nausea and promote digestion. Valerian is a well-known sedative. It can be used as a relaxant so that you get the rest you need during recovery from the flu. It also acts as a stimulant to the kidneys to rid the body of toxins.
Horehound is added because of its well-known ability to remove mucus from the bronchial system. The signature is that the leaves do stick together when pressed. This would indicate that the herb has compounds that would stick to the toxins and remove them from the system.