Malabar Nut is an East Indian shrub (Adhatoda Vasica) of the Acanthaceae family. Its leaves, root and seeds are used for their antipyretic and antispasmodic properties. Its Mayes, flowers, fruits and roots are extensively used for treating cold, cough, whooping cough, chronic bronchitis and asthma.
Borage is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other locales. It grows satisfactorily in gardens in the UK climate, growing from year to year by self-seeding. The mayes are edible and for that purpose the plant is grown in gardens in some parts of Europe. This plant is also commercially cultivated for borage seed oil which is extracted from the seeds. Borage leaves have been used for rheumatism, cold and bronchitis, as well as to increase lactation in women.
Jujube originated from China where they have been cultivated for more than 4,000 years and where there are over 900 cultivations. These plants traveled beyond Asia, centuries ago and today are grown to some extent in Russia, Northern Africa, Southern Europe, Middle East and South-Western United States. Jujube extract combined with certain herbs like ginger and mint soothes achy throat muscles.
Long Pepper is a climber, of South Asian origin (Deccan peninsula), cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dyed and used as a spice for seasoning. It helps in expelling out the mucus accumulated in the respiratory tract.
Marshmallow root has been used since Egyptian antiquity in a honey-sweetened confection useful for the treatment of sore throat. The plant has the ability to soothe cough, irritation of the mouth, throat and stomach.
Licorice is a legume that is native to south Europe and parts of Asia. It is not botanically related to anise, star anise, or fennel; which are sources of similar flavoring compounds. It is good for sore throat, bronchitis, cough and infections caused by bacteria or viruses.
Lesser Galangal is native to the south-east coast of China. It was being used in Europe in the Middle Ages and brought in by trade from the Far East. An infusion of Lesser Galangal can be used to alleviate painful canker sores and sore gums.
Hyssopus (Hyssop) is a genus of about 10-12 species of herbaceous or semi-woody plants, of the Lamiaceae family, from the east Mediterranean to central Asia. It is used for respiratory problems including coughs, common cold, respiratory infections, sore throat and asthma.
This herb is native to Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa, but cultivated widely in North America. It is beneficial for respiratory tract conditions; particularly dry sore throat, stuffy nose, coughs, hoarseness and bronchitis.