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Medicinal plants and herbs

Refer also to Crataegus and Essential oils.
To help to expectorate / cough up tough phlegm/mucus, there are various plants and herbs that are very useful. When taken in tea form, one has not only the medicinal effect but also thereby increases the fluid intake, which of itself is beneficial, in that it makes the phlegm less thick of viscid and loosens it.

The action of the drug on the lungs:

  • spasmolytic
  • secretolytic
  • expectorant
  • antitussive
Although it suppresses the coughing it is not a barrier to getting rid of mucus. The mucus should be got rid by autogenic drainage and not by unproductive, or irritant, coughing. It makes sense to combine some of the above mentioned effects. Many medicinal plants do so. So, have fun as well as therapy and creat some lovely teas.

The following provides a short general idea:

Expectorant effect

  • aniseeds (Fructus Anisi)
  • fennel seeds (Fructus Foeniculi)
  • mullein blossoms (Flores Verbasci)
  • cowslip / primrose (Radix Primulae)
  • thyme herb (Herba Thymi)

Antitussive / irritating-cough relief

  • mallow blossoms (Folia Malvae)
  • ribwort (plantain) (Herba plantaginis)
  • lime-blossom (Flores Tiliae)
  • lungwort (Herba Pulmonariae).


  • ivy (Folia Hederae), only use extract of ivy
Every drug can lead to unpleasant side-effects if consumed for too long on in high doses, so vary regularly.

A lower doses should be taken of the saponine-drugs as they can irritate the skin or mucus-membranes;

Cowslip / primrose max. teaspoon finely chopped. Mullein max. 1 teaspoon finely chopped 3x per day

* If congestion of the heart present, consult your GP re fluid intake.

Volker Fintelmann: Phytotherapie Manual, Hippokrates Verlag.
Etwas anspruchsvoller: H. Braun, D. Frohne: Heilpflanzenlexikon, Gustav Fischer Verlag.

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