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Herbal Remedies With Aine Marie Reilly

Tuesday, 31 January 2006


To avoid colds and flu's you must see its weaknesses, and avoid its attacks. The additional line of defense is to maintain a strong immune system. Aine Marie Reilly, medical herbalist, joins us today with herbal remedies to attack and prevent those nasty colds and flu's!

Colds and flu's are caused by viruses. They tend to enter our bodies through our noses and eyes. Usually we infect ourselves by placing our own virus contaminated hands in our eyes or up to our nose. Or we can catch them form airborne sources. Many people are suffering with colds and flues at the moment so let's go through a few good remedies to help and prevent the dreaded cold and flu!

Herb 1 - Thyme
This herb is highly antiseptic for chest infections and stomach bugs. It is a natural expectorant which soothes coughing and wheezing. It can be taken as an infusion, tincture or used in a steam inhalation form.

. Infuse Thyme in a bowl of hot water.
. Place a towel over the head while inhaling the steam which clears and disinfects congested nasal passages.

Herb 2 - Elderflower
Elderflower will improve the immune system and has a specific antiviral action which helps to prevent colds, flu and other viral illnesses.  A hot infusion of elderflowers promotes sweating which can help to rid the body of toxins and break a fever. Elderflowers also can reduce the production of mucus which is useful for a runny nose or congestion.
This herb is good for winter chills, it is a anti-inflammatory for inflamed respiratory passages. And will also help stomach bugs.
Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is high in vitamin C which will support the immune system, and prevent viruses. Diluted lemon juice can be used as a gargle for sore throats and tonsillitis or added to herbal infusions, i.e. Eldelflower.
Honey is antibacterial, soothing and is healing for coughs and sore throats.

(Tea made with elderflower, ginger, lemon juice and honey.)
. Make an infusion of Elderflowers and ginger
. Add fresh lemon juice and honey.

Herb 3 - Echinacea
This herb supports the immune system and helps the body to fight off infections, including coughs colds, flu, and stomach bugs. It can be taken during illness or used as a preventative throughout the winter months. Echinacea has been shown to reduce the frequency of infections, and where infections do occur they are less severe. Echinacea can be used as a tincture or as an extract in Glycerine for children.

Herb 4 - Linseed Poultice.
This herb is a traditional remedy for coughs.

. Place ground linseeds in a muslin bag.
. Sit the bag in boiling water until the seeds swell.
. When the poultice is cool enough to place on the skin.

Herb 5 - Elderberries
These are rich in vitamins A and C and bioflavonoid. Elderberries improve the functioning of the immune system, and have a specific antiviral action which helps to prevent colds, flu and other viral illnesses.

All of the above herbs are available nationwide and over the counter. Prices and the way the herbs are prepared may vary from chemist to chemist.

Contact Information:

Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists
Lismore Clinic of Herbal Medicine,
Ferry Lane,
Co. Waterford.

Phone: 058 53200 / 087 934 5910 or

If you would like to talk with Aine Maire Reilly the number to call is  1850 71 71 11 or if you would prefer to text us a query, text  the word STUDIO followed by your question to 53555.