Recently Mike had another bout with a nagging cough. I am not sure what brought it on, and he had no other symptoms. After listening to him cough for about a week, I decided to get involved. :) I put him on Vitamin C. Unfortunately it's kinda hard to keep track of him (he is so busy!), so he wasn't taking it as often as I would have liked. Nevertheless I persisted. Then I started giving him a thyme tincture that I made last summer. After several days of this with little progress, I switched to my Elder flower tincture, hoping to boost his immune system. The cough persisted for another week. Frustrated, I went back to my books.
Finally I found a remedy that worked - Wild Cherry Bark! This native American tree was made known to the colonist by the Indian healers. In the early days of our country is was one of the most popular and widely used medicinal herbs. Now you know why most cough syrups come in a cherry flavor. :) (now artificial flavored of course!)
|Wild Cherry Bark|
|Wild Cherry Bark infusion|
I buy most of the herbs that I don't grow myself from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have very high quality herbs and great customer service. You can get a 1 lb. bag of Wild Cherry Bark for $8.00, and it will last you for a long time. If you want to work towards taking care of yourself and your family without prescription medications, I would recommend you keep this on hand. Here's the link to Wild Cherry Bark
One more thought about coughs...I was able to keep Mike's cough under control at night by combining shea butter (You could use any carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil.) and Eucalyptus essential oil. I rubbed this on his feet and chest. This works great for a cough that is preventing sleep! The feet have the largest pores in the body, so that is why you want to make sure you put the oil on the feet.