Here are some commonly used herbs, and what they do:
Elderberry: this herb is a natural antiviral and antibacterial supplement. If works wonders and has few if any side effects.
Honey: Honey has been found to be an antibacterial substance- either applied topically to a wound, or taken internally to fight bacterial infections, such as- vaginal or urinary infections, bacterial lung infections, kidney and gallbladder infections (basically, it will help with any bacterial infection- but If your doctor puts you on an antibiotic medication MAKE SURE TO TAKE IT-ALL OF IT, AS PRESCRIBED, and just add honey to augment the antibiotic you are already taking.
Astragalus: great for treating infections such as URI (Upper respiratory tract infections), common cold, flu, hepatitis- and it may also be helpful for cancer treatment when used in conjunction with the Cancer drugs your doctor is prescribing you.
Echinacea: helps build up your bodies own immune system; i take it regularly during the winter months, because it really does help me stay healthy and not get sick. My personal experience is as follows, when I take the echinacea regularly during the winter months I usually only get sick at the most, 1 time- when i don't take echinacea i get 3 or more colds or flus.
Goldenseal (AKA- Berberine): helps fight colds/flus, conjuctivitis, gastritis, mouth sores/infections, respiratory infections, ring worm, UTI's and Urine Drug tests. (Personally I use Goldenseal, Echinacea and Astragalus together, daily, during cold and flu season. These herbs work miracles as far as boosting your immune system and keeping you from getting sick!).
NOW- HERB TO HELP WITH SEASONAL ALLERGIES:
Butterbur: has a lot of clinical evidence supporting its use for treating allergies- It reduces swelling in the nasal passages, which in turn makes it easier for you to breath through your nose.
Zinc: a common mineral that is essential to good immune system function-it's been shown to shorten the length of a cold by about half.
Quercetin: This supplement is basically a natural antihistamine, without the side effects of pharmacutical antihistamines, like sleepiness, dissiness, ect... And Quercetin is also an antioxidant and has a lot of benefical effects on the body.
Echinacea, grape seed extract, pycnogenol (pine bark extract), vitamin C, EPA, honey, cat’s claw, albizzia (Albizzia lebbeck), baical skullcup (Scutellaria baicalensis),goldenseal, and spirulina- all can help relieve allergies to some extent.
MAKE SURE TO SPEAK WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL PRIOR TO STARTING AN HERBAL REGIMEND. PREFERABLY SPEAK WITH A HERBALIST, NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR, OR HOMEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN.
AND MAKE SURE TO TELL YOUR REGULAR FAMILY PHYSICIAN WHAT HERBS YOU ARE TAKING, BECAUSE HERBS CAN HAVE INTERACTIONS WITH SOME MEDICATIONS, AND OCCASIONALLY THESE REACTIONS COULD BE FATAL. ALWAY TELL YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT ALL SUPPLEMENTS YOU ARE TAKING, INCLUDING VITAMINS AND MINERALS!!!!!!!!!!!