Throat Infections and effective herbal treatments - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

In our species it is normal to contract respiratory system infections in the first few years of our lives. When we are born, we have fully developed resistance to things that we may ingest or which may infect us through damage to our skin...

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However we don’t take our first breath until we leave the womb, and although piggy backing on our mothers’ immunity through breast milk initially protects us, this only lasts for 6 months. At this time this protection switches off and we are left to develop our own immunity to the multitude of bugs that we are exposed to with every breath.

This is all as it should be and the experience that parents have of their children getting lots of infections during their early teething is also how is should be.

We were provided with the caring instincts and herbs that we were meant to use to help our babies over these first few years while their own immune system develops to maturity. Properly encouraged and supported, by the age of around 7 years, our children should be able to throw off even a pretty severe respiratory infection after a fever and illness of 2 or 3 days maximum.

We used to give rosehips syrup, hot lemon drinks and all sorts of gargles and poultices made from herbs to help our systems fight the infections and emerge stronger with each exposure.

Needless to say, because of intervention in every infection with antibiotics and every fever with aspirin, we have subverted this normal process and many of our children never strongly develop their own immunity and can be prone to such infections all their lives.

Some folk seem to be more prone to sinus and ear infections, others to throat and chest infections and there are many simple home remedies that we can use to assist in general. Lemon, garlic, rosehips, fenugreek and thyme cover the whole range of possible weaknesses pretty well and all should be included in children’s diets.

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In particular, to treat a case of a patient whose weakness seems to be more in the throat area, maybe involving the tonsils in a younger person or the throat generally in an older person. I provide specific support for these cases by making up a herbal combination of: Yarrow, Garlic, Rosehips, Ginger, Thyme Cayenne, Liquorice and Nettle with the Bach Flower Remedies: Olive, Agrimony and Chestnut Bud.

This mixture, given three times daily in a hot rosehips and lemon drink will quickly clear a throat infection and, if continued for 3 or 4 weeks after the symptoms have gone, will build up the immunity in the area dramatically.

For an adult with a more chronic case, I recommend also that they take a 1/4-teaspoon of dried thyme and make a tea with boiling water. This tea when cooled to a comfortable temperature may be gargled morning and evening to provide additional protection against reinfection.

This sort of course may be repeated as frequently as you need until your own, or your child’s immunity is fully strong.

It is as simple as that.

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