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My Favourite Herbs For A Common Cold

My Favourite Herbs For A Common Cold

Echinacea / Echinacea angustifolia and purpurea

Actions: Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, diaphoretic, immunomodulator, vasodilator, lymphatic.

Indicated for all infections, immune deficiency, and post-viral syndrome.

Andrographis /Andrographis paniculata

Actions: Adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, anti antioxidant, bitter digestive, immunomodulator, hepatic.

Indications: Acute onset of a common cold, immune deficiency, gastrointestinal and liver infections.

Manuka / Leptospermum scoparium

Traditionally found in the form of honey, this New Zealand native herb is effective against a broad range of pathogens, and is a wonderful mucous membrane tonic.

Actions: Antiseptic and astringent and has widespread applications both systemically and topically, which relate strongly to these actions.

Indications: Infections including fungal overgrowth.

Olive Leaf/ Olea europaea

Actions: Antioxidant properties that help protect the body from the continuous activity of free radical damage caused by pollution, poor diets, stress and exposure to toxins and benefits the immune system.

Indications: Colds, flu, and infections.

Elderberry / Sambucus nigra

Actions: Anti catarrhal and diaphoretic. Rich in Vitamin C, pleasant in flavour. Excellent for kids. We create family size bottles of elderberry for the kids to take.

Indications: Coughs, colds, flu, fever, sinus, and excess mucous.

Peppermint / Mentha x piperita

Actions: Antibacterial, antiseptic, diaphoretic, cooling, carminative

Indications: Colds, flu, fever, digestive upset.


We can prescribe a herbal tonic for you if you are an existing patient of mine. Please call our clinic 9380 7863.

Bioceuticals Armaforce (blue label Bioceuticals) and Immune Force (white label Bioceuticals - our favourite) are our go-to supplements if you don't like taking herbal tonics. To purchase Immune Force you must be a patient of mine as it is practitioner prescribed only.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on any medication or supplements, please seek advice from your health care professional such as a herbalist or naturopath who is qualified in herbal medicine.