Herbal Remedies for the Flu and Winter Colds

Reader Contribution by Toby Grotz
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Medicinal Herbs contain organic compounds that have been used to heal dis-”ease” conditions for as long as we have walked the Earth.  Below I will present two formulas my family has used during cold and flu season with great results.

First off, let me advise you that nothing of what I will say below is sanctioned by the medical establishment.  These compounds may not be appropriate for some individuals depending on their circumstances and constitution.  The user is advised to research the herbs and exercise caution.  Many medical professionals today are open to what we call “alternative medicine” and will work with you and advise you when you step outside the pharmaceutical model. 

I’ve used the HEMP formula for 25 years and seen it work on my son at age four when he was diagnosed with strep throat. The fever and white spots in the throat were gone in two days and he was back to normal.  It is called HEMP by using the first letter of the Latin nomenclature for each plant.

HEMP Formula

Mix equal parts of herbal extract. 

One dropper (30 drops) 3 times a day for flu and colds

• Hydrastis canadensis – Golden Seal
• Echinacea angustifolia – Cone-flower
• Myrrh – Commiphora Myrrha
• Phytolacca americana – Poke Root

Do not use if pregnant.

The 100-Mile Diet Leads to a Reformulation. One day I heard about the 100 Mile Diet.  It’s a green, sustainability thing, whereby one tries to source all the food eaten within 100 miles of where you eat.  Well, if things go south, as I have predicted here, where am I going to get a medicinal plant that comes from the Mediterranean?  I decided that I could trade with tribes living in the mountains to the East of West of me and could substitute Osha for the Myrrh.  So the HEMP formula became the HOPE formula.

The HOPE Formula for Flu and Winter Colds

Mix equal parts of herbal extract. 

One dropper (30 drops) 3 times a day for flu and colds   

• Hydrastis canadensis – Golden Seal
• Osha – Lingusticum Pote
• Phytolacca americana – Poke Root  
• Echinacea angustifolia – Cone-flower 

Do not use if pregnant.

Making Herbal Extracts

Herbal extracts are covered here in a Mother Earth News post by Corina Wood. Once you learn how to extract, you can get your herbal medicine for pennies on the dollar compared to buying at a retail outlet. Information about the herbs is presented below.

Hydrastis Canadensis – Golden Seal

Tonifies mucous membranes
Anti microbial
Improves catarrahal conditions especially of the sinuses
Digestive problems from colitis to peptic ulcers

Echinacea – Echinacea Purpurea

Known as Purple Cone Flower

Boosts Immunity
Helps prevent colds
Shortens the duration of colds and flu and other viral and bacterial infections
Sore throats (gargle)
Cold sores

Myrrh – Commiphora Myrrha

Golden Seal

Myrrh has antimicrobial properties and is used internally to stimulate macrophage action in the blood stream.  It is used as a broad-spectrum antiseptic to treat various ailments like conjunctivitis (pinkeye), cold sores and canker sores. 

Osha – Lingusticum porteri

Member of Parsley family, grows at 9,000 ft. and above.

Upper Respiratory infections
Genitourinary tract
Gargle for sore throat
Enhances immune system
Topical application as antiseptic 

Phytolacca Americana – Poke Root

Upper Respiratory infections
swollen glands
Cleans the lymphatic system
Can cause vomiting in large doses – not available commercially.

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Americana poke root

Toby Grotz is an electrical engineer who has been involved on both sides of the energy equation: exploring for oil and gas and geothermal resources and in the utility industry working in coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants. He has been a community garden advocate and organizer ever since. Recent projects include lecturing for the Food Not Lawns classes sponsored by the University of Missouri, Kansas City Communiversity. He is a member of the Sierra Club and past officer of the Kanza Group. Read all of Toby’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.

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