Mullein and Hyssop Respiratory Herbs
Host: Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live”
This week on The Herbal Prepper Live, we’re going to discuss two of my favorite respiratory herbs: mullein (Verbascum thapus) and hyssop (Hyssop officinalis).
Cold and flu season seems far away right now. The Summer Solstice just passed officially signaling the beginning of summer. Independence Day is around the corner, and we have months before Autumn and it’s respiratory infections begin. However, this is the time of year to begin growing or wildcrafting the important remedies that you will need for your Fall and Winter herbal medicines.
Beyond just treating your own cold and flu symptoms, there are several concerning respiratory illnesses of which preppers need to remain aware. The MERS epidemic has not gone away,even if it is out of the news. Due to the similarity of MERS to SARS, along with the antiviral herbs known to fight SARS, herbs that relieve severe respiratory symptoms are the other half of that herbal equation.
Additionally, there are cases of tuberculosis on the rise here in the US, and several strains are showing resistance to antibiotic drugs. Tuberculosis would requires a long convalescence of several months Along with herbal antibiotics, expectorant herbs, such as mullein and hyssop, would be helpful additions to any herbal protocol for tuberculosis.
Mullein is an herb that grows prolifically in my region, and it is very easy to wildcraft in abundance. I gather mullein flowers, as they make the absolute best ear ache remedy. The leaves, on the other hand, are excellent for the lungs. They are both mucilaginous and expectorant, soothing the lungs while making coughs easier and more productive.
Hyssop is the primary ingredient in my “Herbal Tussin” tea blend. This is not to be confused with “anise hyssop” which is an entirely different plant. Hyssop is a stimulating herb that is a potent antiviral remedy. It is also an expectorant, making it a top choice for any respiratory complaint.
Be sure to tune in live, join in the chat, or even call into The Herbal Prepper Live this Sunday 7pm/EST (4pm/PST) on PrepperBroadcasting.com to learn how to make simple and effective herbal remedies to tackle the common cold, a nasty flu, or even serious respiratory infections with mullein and hyssop.
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