CC-A with Yerba Santa

blowing-nose-web.jpgWhen cold viruses and flu bugs are running rampant, CC-A with Yerba Santa just might be your way to recovery. This liquid herbal formula has been carefully created to help clear lung congestion, help decrease coughs, and get rid of nasal stuffiness. It even helps prevent viruses from reproducing inside the body. Several of the herbs have mild anti-inflammatory properties, important actions during the onset and duration of respiratory symptoms. Here are the herbs included in this formula:

Rose hips are used in herbalism as a great source of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Both of these compounds can help strengthen capillaries and connective tissue, important roles in toning the lungs and the sinus membranes.

Chamomile flowers have so many actions that it’s impossible to list all of them here. This flowering herb can help relax the jitters common at the beginning of colds and flu. It has anti-inflammatory actions in the respiratory system. Chamomile’s anti-spasmodic activity can help decrease irritable coughing and can help dispel gastric distress.

mullein-3-web.jpgMullein is one of the best herbs specifically for the lungs and throat. It has mild sedative actions on the lungs, helping to decrease the tendency to cough. It is especially useful in the initial stages of respiratory infection when there is a mild fever, scratchiness in the throat, and a hot dry feeling in the chest. Mullein helps liquefy mucus in the lungs so it can be expelled by coughing.

Yarrow has been used successfully for alleviating fevers because of its ability to stimulate sweating by helping the pores in the skin to open. This type of mild sweating helps cool the body and reduce fevers. This action is increased when Yarrow is used in combination with Peppermint herb. Yarrow also has a mild astringent property that helps shrink swollen sinus tissues.

Yerba Santa is known as the Holy Herb by Hispanic natives who have used it since ancient times. It is an expectorant, meaning that it helps the lungs release thick mucus so it can be coughed out. Yerba Santa has the ability to help the air sacs in the lungs to open and more easily release their secretions. It can also help decrease bronchial spasms, thereby relieving spasmodic coughing.

Goldenseal seems to stimulate the healthy functioning of mucous membranes in the body. It increases the numbers of antibodies in the nasal passages and lungs that help fight infection. This herb can help us fight bacteria and viruses. It also helps tone the tissues of the lungs and sinuses that aid in clearing both chest and nasal congestion.

Myrrh gum contains fragrant natural essential oils that have the ability to help decrease inflammation in the throat. This action can soothe sore throat pain. It also helps decrease nasal congestion due to the common cold and flu. When Myrrh is swallowed, it provides antiseptic action upon contact with the mucous membranes of the throat.

peppermint2.jpgPeppermint leaf contains an aromatic oil known as menthol that is helpful for sinus congestion. This herb can also relieve nausea common during the onset of colds and flu. Combined with Yarrow, it helps decrease fevers by improving the body’s ability to rid itself of excess heat through mild sweating.

Sage has been used for millennia by many cultures worldwide for bacterial and viral infections. Laboratory studies have verified Sage’s antimicrobial activity. This herb also helps dry up mucus discharge from the nose, throat and lungs.

Astragalus has been used as an exceptional immune-enhancing herb. Studies have shown that it actually enhances the ability of our body’s natural killer cells, our “soldiers,” to do their job of destroying viruses and bacteria. This is certainly one of the top herbs to use to both prevent and relieve colds and flu.

Slippery elm bark has what is known as a “demulcent” quality. This means that the gelatinous property helps relieve irritable, irritated or inflamed mucous membranes in the body. It also helps relieve dryness in the throat which is common during sore throats and colds. Slippery elm can help alleviate coughs as well.

Lemon grass is well known as a remedy for cramps, headaches, dizziness, colds and fevers. In addition, this herb may be used to reduce the discharge of mucus in respiratory conditions and provide relief to people suffering from stress or anxiety.

Capsicum, also known as Cayenne pepper, acts as a mild stimulant to the circulatory system. This property helps disperse the other herbs in the formula so they can go to work to get rid of symptoms. It has also been used in low-grade fevers and inflammation. It sometimes helps with body chills that occur during colds and flu.

Suggested Use

At the first symptoms of a cold or flu, take  to  teaspoon with plenty of water every hour. If you don’t have a cold or flu, but want to provide support to your immune system during cold and flu season, you can take  to  teaspoon three times per day.

Selected References

Herbal Medicine by Mark Blumenthal (editor)
Herbal Antibiotics
by Stephen Harrod Buhne
Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West
by Michael Moore
Delmar’s Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses
by Martha Libster, RN
The Eclectic Materia Medica
by Harvey Wickes Felter, MD