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Respiratory Herbs 11
Iceland moss
Gumplant, Grindelia
Lobelia, Indian tobacco
White horehound
Wild cherry bark
Verbascum thapsus
Verbascum thapsus Uses 8
URTI- sinusitis, nose problems- any dryness, or too many secretions, hayfever, tonsillitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, common cold, influenza
2. LRTI- cough, asthma, croup, bronchitis, emphysema, TB, cough with hoarseness.
3. Affinity for glands, lymph and testes.
4. Neuralgia, trigeminal 5th cranial nerve.
5. Soothes gastro-intestinal tract, diarrhoea, dysentery, haemorrhoids, piles (creams)
6. Soothes urinary tract, cystitis, urethritis, enuresis.
7. Skin/ Bone ulcers, wounds, burns, speeds healing of fractures.
8. Sleep – has narcotic action.
Tones mucous membranes, reducing inflammation and mucus formation, increases expectoration of phlegm, reducing soreness, pleurisy, whooping cough, influenzal cold with respiratory catarrh.
Verbascum thapsus Chemistry 3
Mucilage. Saponins. Flavanoids – hesperidin, rutin
Verbascum thapsus Actions
expectorant, antispasmodic, anti-tussive, demulcent, astringent,
23, 13, 7, 18, 14
Tussilago farfara
Tussilago farfara Actions 8
anti-tussive, expectorant, anti-catarrhal, astringent, nutritive, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, demulcent.
7, 8, 10,13, 14, 23, 18
Tussilago farfara Uses 7
COUGH - dry, or loosens hard phlegm, bronchitis, pertussis, mild asthma, laryngitis, skin ulcers, eczema
Tussilago farfara Chemistry 2
Rich in flavonoids – rutin, hyperoside and isoquercetin, triterpenoid saponins.
Rich in mucilage – 8% made from polysaccharides
Leaves - rich in Vit C, zinc, inulin.
Inula helenium
Inula helenium Actions
Expectorant, anti-tussive, anti spasmodic, diaphoretic, demulcent, astringent
antimicrobial, hepatic
Inula helenium Uses
Asthma, chronic bronchitis, cough, pulmonary TB.

1. Specific for irritating bronchial coughs, whenever copious clear catarrah is present.
2. Antibacterial against a number of well known bacteria including Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
3. Good especially for children and chronic coughs in the elderly.
Inula helenium Chemistry
Volatile oils 1 - 4%
Sesquiterpene lactones
Bitter principle
Allium sativum
Allium sativum Chemistry
Volatile oils – about 0.2% of which have sulphur-containing compounds such as allicin
Vitamins B and C, iodine, selenium, sulphur and other minerals.
Allium sativum Uses
Hypertension, hyperglycaemia, hyperlipidaemia, indigestion, skin abscess, bronchitis, whooping cough, influenza, respiratory catarrh, candida, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, mucous colitis, vaginal trichomoniasis.

1.Strong affinity for URTI , bronchitis, cough, whooping cough, flu, hay fever, catarrh
2.Strong anti-microbial in digestive tract, amoebic dysentery, food poisoning
3.Skin diseases -all fungal (including thrush) infections.
4.Cardiovascular – artherosclerosis, artheroma, intermittent claudication, heart strengthener, raises HDL.
Allium sativum Actions
warming expectorant, anti-catarrhal, stimulant, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, anti-carcinogenic, anthelmintic, anti-coagulant, hypotensive, hypoglycaemic, hypocholesterolaemic, diaphoretic, rubefacient, tonic, non-sedating antihistamine.
23, 8, 34,4,5,6,29
Drosera rotundifolia
Drosera rotundifolia Chemistry 2
Naphthaquinones – plumbagin (antibacterial action)
Drosera rotundifolia Actions 5
Anti-tussive, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, anti-bacterial, demulcent
7, 23, 13, 18,6
Drosera rotundifolia Uses
cough, asthma, whooping cough, pertussis, gastritis, gastric ulceration
Pulmonaria officinalis
Pulmonaria officinalis Actions 5
Demulcent- expectorant, astringent, mild antibiotic and orexigenic (Bartrum)
18, 23, 14, 7
Pulmonaria officinalis Chemistry 3
Vit C
Pulmonaria officinalis Uses
1. Coughs, Bronchitis, URTIs, asthma, laryngitis, sore throat, whooping cough, catarrh, T.B.
2. Diarrhoea especially children
3. Haemorrhoids
4. Cuts, wounds (kills bacteria, promotes healing), haemoptysis
Cetraria islandica
Iceland Moss
Cetraria islandica Actions 7
demulcent, expectorant, nutritive, Yin tonic, antitussive, pectoral, anti-emetic
18, 23,7
Cetraria islandica Uses
cough, bronchitis- esp.chronic, malnutrition, cachexia, gastritis, nausea, vomiting, wasting, lassitude, terminal disease, viral infections, side effects of NSAIDs, poor nutrition, catarrh, blocked sinuses.
Cetraria islandica Chemistry
Polysaccharides - make up 50% of this plant - mucilage and & nutritative
Lichen acids - antibiotic
Grindelia camporum
Grindelia camporum Actions 7
expectorant, antispasmodic, anti-wheeze
hypotensive, sedative, diuretic

Calms respiratory system/ cardiac system- tachycardia in asthma, difficulty breathing particularly when patient lies down.
Grindelia camporum Uses
1. Calms the nervous system
2. Calms respiratory system/ cardiac system- tachycardia in asthma, difficulty breathing particularly when patient lies down. Spasmodic bronchial irritation, cough, bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, emphysema. Has some antimicrobial properties (due to resins?)
3. Asthma specific herb good for children, bronchitis, whooping cough, upper respiratory tract catarrh.
Grindelia camporum chemistry 2
Diterpenes – grindelic acid, Flavonoids – acacetin, quercetin
Lobelia inflata -Schedule 3 Herb
Lobelia inflata Actions
Respiratory stimulant / relaxant, anti-asthmatic, bronchodilator, anti-spasmodic, stimulating expectorant, emetic, sedative, amphoteric
34 -13, 23, 21, 32
Lobelia inflata Uses
bronchitis, asthma, croup, convulsions, otitis media (use 1-2 drops tincture or oil).
Depressive effect on CNS and ANS. Stimulating expectorant- opens respiratory passages in asthma, bronchial spasm. Counteracts nicotine addiction
Lobelia inflata Chemistry
Alkaloids - piperdine alkaloids, lobeline
Marrubium vulgare
White whorehound
Marrubium vulgare Actions
expectorant, anti-spasmodic,pectoral,
hepatic, bitter digestive, stomachic, cholagogue, aperiant
vulnerary, anthelmintic
Marrubium vulgare Chemistry
Volatile Oils
Bitter principles
Potassium, Vit C
Marrubium vulgare Uses
Marrubium relaxes smooth muscles of bronchus while increasing mucus production and encouraging expectoration.

1. Bronchitis, coughs, whooping cough, non productive cough, asthma.
2. Colds, influenza, produces sweating, helps bring up mucus.
3. Anthelmintic- can be used for intestinal worms.
4. Promotes bile flow and stimulates the appetite.Can be useful in disorders of the gall bladder and stomach, and acts as a stomach tonic. Liver imbalance, appetite loss, catarrhal dyspepsia, digestive problems, bloating, jaundice. It’s laxative in large doses.
5. Vulnerary – externally to heal wounds or cuts.
Prunus serotina
Wild cherry bark
Prunus serotina Actions 7
Anti-tussive, astringent, expectorant, mild sedative, stomachic, digestive stimulant
7, 14, 23, -32,
Prunus serotina Uses
1-in respiratory problems- calms cough due to irritated respiratory nerves, whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma. For barking, persistent cough.
2- for digestive problems, like nervous dyspepsia, chronic diarrhoea, dysentery
3- Sedative properties traditionally employed for labour pains.
Also used for fevers, colds, and inner bark for sore throats.
Prunus serotina Chemistry
Cyanogenic glycosides