We've linked some very helpful resources here
from known and trusted herbalists.  We hope
that you will empower yourself with this knowledge
of supportive herbs and holistic practices.  These protocols are not meant to take the place of a
doctor.  Please see a doctor and follow their instructions if you believe you have COVID-19.

Resources for Food, Medicine, and More!  

(writings by Kim Calhoun, incl. resources)

 

On yesterday's Spring Equinox I pulled together this page  full of links to local herbalists, plant medicine tips, foraging, and food access around Chatham County and beyond. Please enjoy and share these educational and inspirational mutual aid resources! During these uncertain times, our deep interconnection with each other and our Earth is illuminated and shines a path to new ways of being in resilient community, locally and globally.

A heartfelt thank you to all contributors of this information!                                            ❤️

April, 2020

Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine.  Marshall, NC

- Janet, Jen and Dave

-- Time to Grow --

 

 

 

Hello friends.
Many of you may be off work for the time being, with a bit of time on your hands. We would like to encourage you to use some of that time for gardening, whether it is in your yard, in containers on your stoop or in a window box. Why? Because gardening can meet many of our needs right now. Gardening provides immediate relief and pleasure. Putting one’s hands in dirt is grounding and calming. It brings us back into our bodies, into the present. This is a powerful antidote for the increasing amount of screen time and stress many of us are facing while living through the current pandemic. Secondly, this is a good time to learn to grow food and medicine. The future is uncertain; the more of us who have some experience with this practice, the better. Finally, growing herbs and food could potentially help your friends, family and community in the not-too-distant future. You may not have faced a shortage yet, but as people across the country are ordering herbs en masse, many of the major herb distributors are out of herbs for the time being or are taking a break to catch up on orders.  
To address the widespread need for plant medicine, we can supplement the supply of herbs by growing our own! Let us step up and help fill this need by growing herbal remedies this summer. We need to dry herbs for teas and steams. We need to make tinctures and vinegars and infused oils. We need to make extra medicine to share with our neighbors.

There is a chance that the viral pandemic may level off somewhat this summer, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. If this happens, do not let the relief or feeling of relative normalcy keep you from growing and gathering herbs. There is likely to be a resurgence of the virus in the fall and winter. The more prepared we are with remedies on hand, the more chance we will have to help our communities. I do not tell you this to scare you, but to encourage you to keep gardening and gathering herbs even if the crisis seems to be fading. Not because you are afraid, but because you want to be prepared for whatever comes next, because you want to contribute to your community.  Because we are growing more than herbal remedies this season. We are growing a network of support. We are growing community resilience for whatever crisis this world in transition throws at us. We are growing connections to plants and connections to each other as we cultivate an ethic of mutual care.
 

 

What should we grow?

The herbal community is beginning to gather enough data to make some broad recommendations for the ongoing pandemic. Generally we prefer to treat each person individually, which is the skillset we share at our school. However, we currently need a wide range of people to know some basics about viral response. A lot of sick people do not have access to an herbalist, so the more widely applicable we can gather and disperse, the better! We have compiled a list of herbs and foods that would be helpful for all of us in the present and in the future.
 
The Magnificent Mints
Mint family plants are notably easy to grow, contain high quantities of essential oils and are effective multi-purpose herbs for preventing and fighting infection. Here are a  few we recommend growing in your garden or window box: 

Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis,) Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus,) Oregano (Origanum vulgare,) Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Virtues:  All of these mint family plants are warming diaphoretics, meaning they stimulate circulation, open the pores and help the body’s innate immune response. They are also topical anti-septics. When we inhale them as a steam or put infused oil into our nose, we kill pathogens on contact. These practices also open up our bronchial tubes, supporting respiration. Simultaneously, these herbs support the parasympathetic response, easing anxiety in these stressful times.

Preparations:  Use these spices in cooking to improve overall health.
When facing respiratory infection, make an herbal steam. Use every few hours. You can also just leave a bot boiling of the tea to steam your whole house. Or put essential oil of any of these herbs in a humidifier or diffuser. 

Make an infused oil to keep on hand. When fighting infection, take a cotton swab and rub the oil inside of your nose.


Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis,) Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum,) Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa, Monarda didyma,) Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum,) Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Virtues:  these mint family plants are wonderful for supporting fevers without suppressing them. They ease tension and lift one’s spirits. They are also topical anti-septics.

Preparations:  Drink as a tea to support overall health, to fight infections and to lift mood.
Make an oxymel. This preparation has the benefit of adding the medicinal qualities of honey and vinegar to the actions of the herbs. COVID 19 often heats up the respiratory mucosa, so we need to be careful when taking in warming herbs. Vinegar and honey help balance the warming qualities of warming herbs. Sweet Basil, Holy Basil, Lemon Balm and Anise Hyssop are less heating than many Mint family plants. Monarda fistulosa is more akin to the first list of mints in its level of heat and should be taken with caution in acute hot infections.

Tincture of these herbs is a good way to give your medicine more shelf life. You can tincture them fresh by chopping them finely, filling a jar and covering with high proof alcohol. You can also make a hot glycerite extraction of these herbs, or tincture them in vinegar.

 

Bee Balm, Mondarda didyma

 
Demulcents

Demulcents are herbs that sooth and moisten dry, hot tissues. The infection we are facing tends to dry out the mucosa in the upper respiratory tract. This precedes the movement of the infection into the lungs which is much more dangerous. We can help protect our respiratory systems from drying out by taking demulcent herbs.

Violet (Viola sp.,) Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis, ) Hollyhock (Alcea sp.)

Preparations: Dry leaves of all three for tea. Chop and dry roots of Marshmallow for cold infusion.

Violet (Viola, sp.,) Plantain (Plantago major, Plantago lanceolata,) Chickweed (Stellaria media, Stellaria puberia)

These herbs are generally considered weeds, but are excellent demulcents. As you care for you garden, thin these herbs and dry the Violet and Plantain leaves for tea. Chickweed makes an excellent juice and pesto. You can freeze these for using later in the year.

 

Violet

Specific Medicinal Herbs

 

Respiratory Support:
 

Mullein(Verbascum thaspus) – relaxing expectorant, dry leaves for tea.
Elecampane (Inula helenium) – stimulating expectorant, not for use during acute phase of hot infection. Dry roots for tea and infused honey, tincture fresh or dried root.
Angelica (Angelica archangelica) – supports respiratory function, eases allergic asthma, supports recovery after illness. Not for use during acute hot infection. Dry root for tea or infused honey. Tincture root dry or fresh.
Butterfly Weed , aka Pleurisy Root (Asclepius tuberosa) – relaxing expectorant. Excellent remedy for lungs that are tight, dry and constricted. This one is good for acute hot infections. You will need to grow a few of them to have some root to harvest eventually. Not a good quick fix from the garden since you use the root, but definitely one we should all be growing.
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) - relaxes tension in the lungs. Especially helpful for asthma as a pre-condition. Dry flowers for tea or tincture flowers fresh.

 

Cool Immune Stimulants:
 

These herbs are also called lymphatic decongestants. They support the lymph system as it removes waste from the tissues, including the detritus formed from the immune response. They also support acquired immunity, helping the white blood cells respond more efficiently and effectively.
Sochan, aka Cut-leaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) – stimulates immune response. Improves elimination through kidneys and skin. Harvest root in fall by dividing roots and re-planting some. Good as preventative, when there has been exposure and during infections. Dry root for tea or make fresh root tincture.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) – stimulates immune response and body’s clean-up process. Harvest flowers for tea or tincture them fresh. Good for when one has been exposed to an infection and for ongoing infection.
 
Relaxing Diaphoretics:

These herbs bring circulation to the surface, supporting innate immune response, without heat. These are excellent remedies for hot respiratory infections.

Yarrow (Achillea milefolium) – effective remedy for aiding feverish conditions. Supports respiratory tract during infection. Dry leaves and flowers for tea, or tincture fresh.
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) – eases achey pain that accompanies fever. Specific for fevers with chills, or alternating hot/cold feverish spells. Dry herb in flower for tea and/or tincture fresh.
Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) – aids fever that won’t come to a head. Good for fever with tension and aches. Dry herb in flower for tea or tincture fresh.

Gentle Lymphatics:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) - supports lymphatic flow and liver function. Dry flowers for tea.
Cleavers (Gallium aperine) - supports lymphatic flow and nourishes tissues. Juice and preserve with alcohol or freeze.


 

Blue Vervain

- Good for You, Good for the Ecosystem -


While compiling this list, I was struck by how many of these plant are favorites of pollinators, from wild bees and honey bees to countless species of butterflies and moths. When you plant these herbs in your garden, you will not only be cultivating your own apothecary, but strengthening the fragmented ecosystem in your area. When we grow pollinator friendly gardens, we provide more opportunity for nourishment for these invaluable creatures. So as we grow our network of care, we reach beyond our human network to care for the more-than-human world as well.

--> Resources <--

Gardening and medicine making tips:

Mountain Gardens youtube channel.
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine blog.
Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine youtube channel.

Books:
Making Plant Medicine by Richo Sech
The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook by James Green
Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Foret

Seeds and Plants:
Fedco Seeds has an amazing selection of seeds and plants for food and medicine.
Strictly Medicinals carries high quality medicinal seeds and plants.
Mountain Gardens has a wonderful variety of useful plants and seeds.

Look in your area for nurseries or farmers who are still selling native plants and garden starts.


Inspiration:
Paradise Gardening by Joe Hollis

Infection Response:
Larken Bunce of VCIH keeps updating this incredible resource.
 
Dave Meesters of Terra Sylva has added some important updates to his protocol.

 

 

We will try to send out newsletters that provide useful information in these trying times when possible as our busy season gets underway.. We are grateful to have you in our network of mutual care.
                                   - Janet, Jen and Dave

Hi friends,

I am making these suggestions available after many requests for an accessible herbal protocol to be of help in a season of viral respiratory infection. They are intended to help folks who are familiar with herbal remedies and use them already. They can be used to inform self-care, community care, and herbalists who will be attending to others. Some of the possibilities mentioned here are best done under the guidance of a trained herbalist or other qualified practitioner. I have noted where I believe this to be the case.

The protocol given here is an inclusive one generally useful for viral respiratory sickness, including flu. Since COVID-19 is the infection that we're all concerned about currently, I've tried to make this especially relevant for COVID by highlighting its common presentations (like dry mucous membranes) and what we can do about them.

I will update this document regularly as more COVID (and presumed COVID) cases come in and my experience and understanding grows.

Notes that specifically relate to COVID-19 will be colored in red.

What is presented here is an entry-point only, and most of the recommendations are general and foundational. Every pathogen and strain has its own quirks and signature presentations, and this document does not attempt to address the finer points of a serious or relapsing illness. Medical care should be sought if available for those seriously ill.

I am trying to get this out quickly, so unfortunately I have to make compromises about how it’s presented: 

  • Most of the recommendations will be in abbreviated outline form.

  • I’m not going to repeat what public health officials and the CDC are saying about preventive measures, hand washing, social distancing, etc.

  • I would love to have the time to write something eloquent about slowing down, breathing deeply, about getting sick, and about the power of community care, but I can’t do it all here. Know that I love you all and I am so impressed by how you are working to be helpful to your communities right now.

**** None of these suggestions are meant to take the place of medical attention by a licensed health care practitioner. I urge you to follow all public health recommendations, and when in doubt, seek guidance and care through the established channels. None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA, and they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Another disclaimer: As herbalists we are hesitant to make any recommendations that are not specific to a person, because everybody is different and everybody who is sick not only presents differently, but presents differently throughout the course of the illness. Herbal support is tailored to the individual and to the moment. Please keep this in mind when reading these suggestions. The herbs suggested here are what come to my mind today and are some of the more accessible herbs I can think of. There are many more that could be added. Each herb has its own unique actions and personality and a well-stocked herbalist will choose the herb or herbs best-indicated from the ones suggested here or others.  If you know herbs then trust yourself to make additions, adaptations and substitutions as your knowledge and intuition move you. And when in doubt, seek the guidance of a mentor or a more knowledgeable practitioner in your network, with respect, as these folks might be overwhelmed right now.

 

PREVENTION.

[Note: COVID19 often presents with a low-grade fever, in many cases before any other symptoms. For early detection it’s a good idea to know what your baseline “normal” temperature is, because everyone’s is different. Once you establish baseline, you can monitor temperature for a possible early indication of infection. This document from Paul Bergner of the North American Institute for Medical Herbalism has more info.]

  • Baseline support for vitality and immunity include:

    • A nutrient-rich diet and avoidance of inflammatory foods.

    • Appropriate activity. Walks outdoors, sunshine, fresh air. Get your lymph moving.

    • Managing stress levels with all of your tools.

    • Abundant restful sleep if possible.

    • Drink plenty of water.

    • Eat edible wild spring greens if available. Chickweed, Violet, Wild mustards, young Plantain leaves, etc.

    • VITAMIN D. I haven’t seen enough people talking about this. Vitamin D, a steroid “vitamin” produced via skin exposure to the summertime sun, is necessary for immune competence in the upper respiratory tract. Seasonal colds and flus are more common in the season when Vitamin D is naturally low due to low wintertime sun, and where people lack Vitamin D due to indoor confinement (nursing homes, prisons, etc.). In North America we have not begun to produce Vitamin D yet (soon!). Supplementing Vitamin D is a baseline protective measure between Fall equinox and Spring equinox. A good Vitamin D level (by blood test) is 50-60 ng/ml. If you live in North America then supplementing 5,000 iu/day Vitamin D between the equinoxes is a safe moderate dose for most people. If you have not been supplementing then taking a higher dose (10-30,000 iu/day) for a week or two is a good strategy to get your levels up.

  • Possible additional measures to support immunity:

    • Immune-supporting herbal preparations:  Decoction or other appropriate preparation of Astragalus, Reishi, and other immune-supporting medicinal mushrooms. Add moistening herbs (licorice, marshmallow) or warming herbs (Ginger, warming spices) appropriate to your constitution.

    • Mucous is your protective barrier! Take care of your mucous membranes. Avoid dryness of the mucosa. If your house or workplace is excessively dry, consider running a humidifier. Or simply put a pot of water uncovered on the stove, wood heater, or radiator. Put aromatic antiseptic herbs (pungent kitchen spices, Rosemary, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Conifer leaves) in the water to stimulate surface defenses and add their cleansing antimicrobial power.

    • Nourishing broths with aromatic spices.

    • Drink chai (caffeine not required). Add moistening herbs if called for.

  • If sickness is in your environment, if exposed to sick people or likely to be exposed, consider adding one or more of (some of these measures could go in the previous section):

    • Elderberry syrup, Echinacea (if well tolerated; don’t overdo it), Sochan (root or flower bud), Usnea, other immune stimulants you might normally rely on.

    • Fire cider.

    • Up the aromatic steam! Spend time over the steam pot with aromatic herbs (Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Clove, Oregano, Garlic, Eucalyptus, Conifer needles, etc etc). Make a steamy tent with a towel over your head, inhale through your nose, for several minutes. Follow this link for procedure and more herbs to considerAlso this video is helpful.

    • Apply carrier oil infused with aromatic herbs (or infused with a couple drops of essential oil) to the inside of your nostrils several times a day with well-washed hands. Don’t apply undiluted essential oil to your nostrils!  Infused oil only.

    • Lozenges are not a bad idea here, especially if throat is dry, tickly, or starting to get sore. Zinc lozenges, herbal lozenges, even herbal cough drops like Ricola.

  • At signs of illness (fatigue, body ache, sore throat, dry cough, etc.) increase the above and consider adding:

    • Frequent aromatic steam inhalation. 

    • Don’t dry out! Especially if nose, sinuses or lungs are dry, use demulcent herbs. Cold (preferred) infusion of Marshmallow (or other Mallows), Flax Seed, Chia Seed (pour room temperature water over the herbs and allow to sit several hours until water becomes viscous; consume in divided doses). Also Fenugreek seed, Licorice root (hot infusion or decoction). Okra. Oatmeal gruel. Traditional Medicinals "Throat Coat" tea bags. Slippery elm if you have it on hand already (*at-risk plant: use other herbs if possible). Gelatinous bone broths, honey, fats & oils, and dairy products (if tolerated) are all moistening to the mucosa in varying degrees.

[COVID-19 Note: Dry respiratory mucosa may be the single biggest challenge in the less-severe stages of COVID-19. Therefore keeping these tissues moist through the use of moistening demulcents, humidifying the air, and drinking plenty of water, is our most important line of defense. The warming diaphoretic herbs (kitchen spices) below should be avoided if acute dryness is present (dry cough, shortness of breath, dry tongue, dry lips). They are still fine in an aromatic steam inhalation. Counteracting dryness should be the first goal.]

    • Infusions of warming diaphoretic herbs: Ginger, Cayenne (with care), Thyme, Hyssop, Oregano, Rosemary, Garlic, Sage, Black Pepper (with care), and most pungent kitchen spices. Yarrow (less warm and dry, good choice for COVID) and Lemon Balm are also good here. Use more than a culinary dose! Make a strong-tasting hot tea and drink while hot! If using herbs from tinctures put tincture into hot water and drink while hot. These herbs drive blood circulation toward the skin and mucous membranes and empower our surface defenses. These teas may be quite drying so see “Don’t dry out!” above and drink water.

    • Better yet, do the full Warming Diaphoretic Hydrotherapy Protocol:

      • Take a hot shower.

      • After getting out of the shower, have a Warming Diaphoretic Infusion ready, see above (you may want to prepare this before you shower and keep it hot with a lid on it).

      • While still hot from the shower, get in the bed or on the couch covered in blankets and sip your hot Diaphoretic tea. Sweat.

      • Rest. Nod off. Don’t get up. Sleep if you can.

      • This is an excellent therapy. Don’t use if you have a high temperature (fever) or feel weak. I still recommend this diaphoretic/hydrotherapy protocol at first signs of illness / first appearance of fever with COVID-19.

    • In case of incipient fever with chills, or even low-grade fever w/o chills, do the Diaphoretic Hydrotherapy Protocol above. If you have chills at this stage, the body is trying to warm itself up. Help your body warm up!

    • Keep channels of elimination open. Sweat, urine, bowels. Use herbs as needed. Drink water and/or replace electrolytes as needed (see below).

    • More Advanced technique, assumes extra skill or materials:

      • Infused oils inhaled into the nose

        • These infections get much worse once the lungs become infected after the initial infection in the upper respiratory tract. This often happens when infected mucous drips down into the lungs.

        • A carrier oil (olive, sesame, etc.) infused with astringent, decongestant, stimulating, and antimicrobial herbs is applied into each nostril, with your head tilted back, and inhaled into the sinuses, one nostril at a time. It can be applied with a tincture dropper, a special squeeze bottle, or even dripped in (with help) from an open container. Any discharge that drips down into the mouth should be spit out rather than swallowed.

        • In Ayurveda this technique is called Nasya. This post from Todd Caldecott has more info, an example formulation (Bayberry, Neem, Mullein, Ginger, Licorice) and a method for making the oil preparation quickly. Adapt herbs with similar actions as needed.

  • If sickness proceeds to severity, especially with fever, discontinue Elderberry, Echinacea, and any other immune stimulants. 

 

FROM HERE DOWN, I SUGGEST THE ATTENTION OF A TRAINED PRACTITIONER.

[IMPORTANT: For COVID19 it looks like low-grade fever is common, and the higher fevers are more indicative of the severe cases that require hospitalization. Managing acute fevers in a home setting will probably not be common.]

  • Fever

    • Fever is a powerful defense mechanism against infection, increasing the body’s metabolism to allow for urgent manufacture of immune cells and antibodies, increased elimination of waste products, and increased circulation to surface defenses.

    • Fever should be monitored but in most cases is a normal healthy response to infection. Automatically suppressing fever with over-the-counter medications runs counter to the body’s healing immune response. This practice has been shown to prolong recovery from illness and to make sick folks more contagious. Follow link here for more info.

    • A fever up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit is usually just fine, great even, as long as it doesn’t last for more than a couple days. 103-104 may still be safe, but a caregiver should monitor closely (not the sick person!). If fever spikes, consider acetaminophen to lower the fever if high fevers are out of your comfortable scope of practice. Seek guidance and/or medical attention.

    • Stay in bed. Eat lightly if at all. Drink broth.

    • Dehydration is a major possibility with fever (also diarrhea). Learn early signs of dehydration.

      • Replace electrolytes

        • Emergen-C powder

        • Water with sugar, salt, and citrus juice added (citrus = potassium)

        • Official electrolyte powder

        • Pedialyte and its generic forms (available at drug stores)

        • Find recipes on the internet

    • Consider relaxing diaphoretics if fever persists, especially if sick one complains of heat, seems tense and/or agitated, shallow breath.

      • Catnip, Pleurisy root, Elder flower, Blue Vervain, Boneset, Yarrow

 

Many more herbs and therapies are possible, depending on presentation and the nature of the infecting pathogen. This should be enough to get most people started. Remember that none of these recommendations are to replace medical care!

Appendix (may be helpful depending on situation)

  • Mustard plaster, topical for lung congestion, or another aromatic chest rub (tiger balm, vicks) -- check the internet for instructions

  • Moistening expectorants for dry lung, dry cough:

    • Marshmallow (+Hollyhock, Rose of Sharon), Mullein, Plantain, Chickweed, Violet, Licorice

  • Warming expectorants that thin fluids:

    • Elecampane, Ginger, Garlic, Horseradish, Angelica, Thyme, Prickly Ash

  • Astringent aromatics to check secretions:

    • Sage leaf (culinary sage), Bayberry

  • Relaxing cough remedies:

    • Cherry bark, Mullein, Pleurisy root, Lobelia

Onion Syrup (a.k.a. "Honion"):  decongestant to lungs. Breaks up and moves mucous. May be important for shortness of breath with stuck phlegm.

Ingredients (can be scaled up):

  • 1 - 2 onions

  • up to 1 pint honey 

Directions:

  • Chop onion finely and place into pint jar. 

  • Fill jar to the rim with honey.

  • Stir around edges to release any air that is stuck in the jar and then fill up the rest of the way with honey.

  • Let sit for 3 - 5 days, stirring everyday. Check daily to make sure that it is not beginning to ferment. 

  • The onion will release a lot of water into the honey and make it much thinner than it originally was.

  • You can strain the onion out or leave in and eat the honeyed onion chunks.

  • Store in fridge. Should last about 3 months. 

  • Consume liberally as needed.

 

We are in some challenging times -- ones that make us slow down, reach out to our networks, dig deeper on older ways of knowing and healing. I wanted to share some resources here that I have found really helpful. There is no sense in recreating the wheel with another article/more info as there is already really reputable info out there on herbal supports and prevention. If in doubt - ask a trusted source! I'm all ears and happy to keep connecting people to resources and share what I know/share herbal remedies at reduced costs if needed. Stay tuned to my instagram and Oakmoss Attic's instagram as well for more. And as always, we are not here to treat or diagnose, check with your trusted healthcare providers (and give great thanks to them).

Before jumping into the resources - here are some basics to perhaps think through when you are looking at COVID-19 and thinking about how herbs can be applied. And, if you need to familiarize yourself more with the virus — don’t hesitate to get on the CDC’s website.

In general - get outside (it’s free, it’s already an antibacterial space), breathe deeply (it tells your heart to tell your mind to slow the f down), pet your furry friends if you have them, facetime with friends and family… this is good medicine.

Other practices I’m trying to implement personally - nourishing teas and broths daily, shake it up so you don’t get bored with recipes. And / or - there is zero shame in using a combo of yogi or traditional medicinals tea bags. Ease my friends, ease. Implement steams (for your face or just your space) daily with antibacterial herbs like rosemary and thyme (again, cheap, many of you probably have this growing or have a neighbor that would love to share). Put those herbs in a bath with epsom salts - again, deeply calming, antibacterial, cleansing. Double your impact by burning some antibacterial herbs at the same time - cedar, rosemary, artemisia. Stretch or shake out your hands and feet - I’m not talking high impact exercise, I’m talking move stagnant energy, reset your body every now and then, our fear can get stuck in our physical bodies. I’m writing this because I need to hear it.

 

As many of these resources below will tell you - the categories of herbs to be looking into include nervines (support for the nervous system in times of stress, think milky oats, skullcap, passionflower, linden, chamomile), immune tonics and immunoregulators (to support optimal functioning of your immune system - think mushrooms like reishi/turkey tail/shiitake, garlic, ashwagandha, astragalus, licorice, holy basil, baikal skullcap), and then if you are needing immune stimulants (once you feel you may be sick and need to kick it into high gear - think andrographis, spilanthes, echinacea (at first sign of illness), boneset), and, I think especially helpful to know - herbs that are antibacterial/antiviral and safe for kids (elderberry, lemon balm, oregano, thyme). 

Also, should you start feeling symptomatic - and we know the virus likely gets into the lungs and causes fevers - look at the herbs for lungs (different herbs fit different people but mullein, thyme and elecampane are excellent starting places) and for fevers (again there are different types of fevers and what you use for those and for kids vs adults will be different, do your research… however yarrow, peppermint, and elderflower are some good places to start).

 

Recommended Resources (many of which go into the plants mentioned above in more detail):

This page is still
under construction

COVID 19 and

herbal resources

Poppy Sol  (Pittsboro, NC)

~Hannah Popish

An Herbalist’s Protocol for Attending to Viral   Respiratory Infections 

Dave Meesters (Terra Sylva School of  Botanical Medicine. Marshall, NC)       

david.meesters@gmail.com           

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