Australian herbalist Robert McDowell's favorite treatment for tracheobronchitis is a blend of rosehips, garlic (Allium sativum), fenugreek (Trigonella fornum), marshmallow, elecampane
, coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), kelp (Laminaria digitata), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and mullein (Verbascum thapsus), which he makes in a base of apple cider vinegar.
You might also try topping the jars with cotton, or absorbent leaves of mullein, elecampane
, or similar fuzzy species.
The rhizome and root of sunny Elecampane
(Inula belenium) stimulates a productive cough and soothes the respiratory system with its relaxing mucilage.
Examining the garden plot that the Oysterman proudly shows his visitors, Thoreau finds not only the common, everyday "cabbage, broccoli, and parsley," but also "Yellow-Dock, Lemon Balm, Hyssop, Gill-go-over-the-ground, Mouse-ear, Chick-weed, Roman Wormwood, Elecampane
, and other plants" springing in abundant variety from the deceivingly barren facade that covers the Cape (78).
Among the more unusual, we have liquorice, white horehound, elecampane
, vervain and betony.
These combine well with Mullein, Elecampane
, Coltsfoot and Licorice to counteract the side effects of smoking.
It contains a mixture of calendula (anti-inflammatory), echinacea (boosts immunity), elecampane
(cough and lung remedy), feverfew (may prevent migraines), motherwort (reduces irregular heartbeat), wood betony (headache and general pain remedy), and yarrow (antiseptic and anti-inflammatory).
Their ``sore throat-cold'' pot uses one purple sage, one hyssop and three lemon thyme plants from a garden center, plus one elecampane
(Inula helenium) and one ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) from an herb specialty nursery.
For example, he meticulously lists the wild plants discovered by Nathan in a field: "There are evening primrose, senna, asters, verbena, elecampane
, gay feather, spiderflower, goldenrod, cone flowers, bottle gentian, ironweed, queen-of-the-meadow, boneset, yarrow, cornflowers, false foxglove, turtleheads, and sunflowers" (182).