Quoting: Druantia Celt Quoting: Goofy for God
Elderberry for respiratory illnesses. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25254305
and white pine but nothing stopping my cough
How about some Munuka honey in hot water every night.
Might help, don't forget to take big doses of Vitamin C.
A lot of people may not know what you mean Druantia Celt. I believe you're referring to Manuka(the Maori word for tea tree) honey, a variety of honey that's created by bees foraging upon the tea tree plant.
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Tea tree oil is well know to possess powerful phytochemicals which kill practically any pathogens which we test with it. As such it is an excellent cleanser and has healing properties. Because it contains many phytochemicals, there's little chance that any pathogen can develop resistance to it, and hence it could serve as a powerful medicine.
Antibiotics and antiviral and antifungals all can work, but the pathogens do develop resistance in time.
Because honey is also a powerful killer of many pathogens (not all for botulism can be spread by the ingestion of honey, particularly in infants), then the thought is that the combination wrought by the bees production would be an ideal healing substance.
In medicine, one of the bad side effects of antibacterials is that it kills all bacteria. As a result, a patient could get secondary bacterial infections. Why? Some bacteria is beneficial and NEEDED to control the bad anaerobic (doesn't need oxygen) bacteria of the gut. Should this happen, a very dangerous bacteria called Clostidium dificile can colonize the gut once the antibiotics wear off.
It's possible that Manuka honey could actually be worse. We don't know. We need to test it. That requires repeated experiments to see if it produces the same result numerous times, then analyze the data, then offer it up for peer-review.
We also would study, what dosage would give the maximal amount of benefit? When is the best time to absorb it? These also would have their own studies and process.
Of course anything ingested could harm a human being, and so since the Hippocratic oath is "To do no harm" then one cannot simple prescribe it.
All herbals, not matter how beneficial, have a potential for causing side effects based upon normal or impaired biochemistry or in combination with other medicinals.
In herbalism, one of the central aspects is availability to be gathered. Manuka honey is really only grown in limited places. Most herbs are like that, and so the indigenous people of those cultures use what they had locally to heal.
A person in Kentucky like myself might enjoy using it as long as things are stable, but due to the instability of the world, as well as pandemics which directly affect the supply chain, then of course it has less impact on herbal medicines unless I have a cache of it.
In herbalism of local harvests, one looks at the season of harvesting, and tries to find alternatives, for a pest or a blight or a drought or flood, or anything like overharvesting could limit how much I can collect.
As such, a healer tries to find other herbs which could be used, but may be harvested at other times.
In a pandemic, teaching people to harvest locally is a good strategy for helping the most people, and especially if they're taught many kinds of herbs.