Top 5 medicinal plants against cold

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For cough, whooping cough, bronchitis help our top 5 medicinal plants for colds and flu symptoms


True thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

This medicinal plant, also known as a spice, is a time-honored remedy for respiratory diseases and was already recommended by St. Hildegard of Bingen as a drink for coughs and for daily well-being. Thyme is especially effective against influenza bronchitis, whooping cough and severe bronchial congestion. Thyme has an expectorant, antispasmodic and expectorant effect. In case of danger of pneumonia, the fresh tea of thyme, drunk in sips every hour, is very effective.
The substance thymol contained in thyme is a real all-rounder: it has a disinfecting, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and immunomodulating effect.

Tea preparation:
2 teaspoons of herb or mixture (with, for example, lime blossom or ribwort) pour ¼ liter of boiling water, infuse for 10 min. and drink three to five cups daily.


Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

This medicinal plant contains glycoside aucubin, which has antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and soothing effect, flavonoids, silicic acid (silicon) and vitamin C. Ribwort is used against all diseases of the respiratory organs, but especially in dry cough, when the secretion is poorly dissolved, hoarseness and severe mucus. Ribwort plantain complements particularly well with coltsfoot leaves.

Tea preparation:
1 teaspoon of leaves pour ¼ liter of boiling water, infuse for 5 min. Sweetened with honey, drink up to three cups of tea a day, preferably hot.


Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

The tea from coltsfoot leaves has both antispasmodic and secretory effects and relieves all types of cough, including whooping cough and a spastic bronchitis, hoarseness and laryngitis. The leaves contain flavonoids (antioxidants), tannins and inulin (vegetable fiber that promotes healthy intestinal flora). Its healing properties are enhanced - mixed in equal parts - by thyme, lemon balm, ribwort and - in case of fever - linden flowers.

Tea preparation:

2 teaspoons of leaves or mixture pour ¼ liter of boiling water and infuse for 10 min. Sweeten with honey and drink three to five cups a day, preferably hot.

For fever and flu


Lime blossoms

The tea from flowers of the linden tree (Tilia) is the best tea for all febrile diseases. It stimulates the metabolism, promotes sweating and thus drives out the disease. Linden blossom tea is also excellent as a preventive against colds, especially for children prone to infections, as a daily tea or as part of a tea blend.
It is especially effective when drunk very hot, which can increase the fever. Therefore, if the body temperature is already very high, the linden blossom tea should be drunk only lukewarm and in smaller quantities.

Preparation and application:
Brew 1 teaspoon of flowers with ¼ liter of water, infuse for 5 minutes and drink a cup three to five times a day.



After lime blossom tea, black elderberry tea is the second best choice for colds and flu. Elderberry flowers contain flavonoids (antioxidants), some tannins, vitamin C and folic acid. These ingredients have a diaphoretic and tonic effect and increase bronchial secretion.

Brew 1 teaspoon of flowers with ¼ liter of water, infuse for 10 minutes and drink one cup three to five times a day

With all these medicinal herbs there are no side effects, they can not be overdosed and their use is completely safe and very effective even in small children.

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Maria Treben, Gesundheit aus der Apotheke Gottes, Vienna, 1980, pp. 24, 49-51.
Dr. Johannes Gottfried Mayer, Dr. med. Bernhard Uehleke, Father Kilian Saum OSB, Handbuch der Klosterheilkunde, Munich 2003, pp. 93, 96-97, 129, 172-173.
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