MEDICINAL PLANTS IN CASE OF NOSE, THROAT AND EAR INDICATIONS
NIAOULI (Melaleuca viridiflora Gaertn)
Niaouli leaves come from a fragrant tree from Madagascar, an evergreen with a spongy bark and yellowish flowers. Niaouli has long been used to relieve pain, in bronchial problems and to purify water as it is highly antiseptic. The aromatic scent resembles that of eucalyptus, but is softer and more pleasant. The oil used to be known to pharmacists as Gomenol (formerly, all niaouli essential oil came from Gomen in French Indochina). Niaouli is a ‘plant antibiotic’ for the sinuses, blocked and runny noses, and throat and ear infections. The compound in the leaves is an essential oil that reduces swelling of the nasal mucous membranes and eases breathing. Infections and inflammations of the upper respiratory tract are the main indications for use of niaouli: there is no better agent in the plant world against viral ear, nose and throat infections, both for adults and children. It alleviates and heals irritated mucous membranes.
CINNAMON (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Nees)
THYME (Thymus vulgaris L.)
Thyme is a permanent asset in medical herbs from our regions. As a culinary herb, it is famous as the most important ingredient of ‘mixed herbs’ (Herbes de Provence). Thyme was already cultivated in the Middle Ages in monastery gardens to make infusions against colds, coughs and inflammations of the respiratory tract. Thyme is still one of the main aromatic plants against these disorders. It kills the bacteria that cause sinusitis and disinfects the mucous membranes of the ears, the nose and the throat. The main component is thymol, an antiseptic antioxidant. This component of essential thyme oil relieves swollen mucous membranes and, after administration, is breathed out through the lungs, which allows it to disinfect the entire respiratory tract. It loosens stuck mucous and frees the airways. Thyme increases the immunity and combats inflammation.
GREEN TEA(Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze)
A highly concentrated form of green tea is beneficial to health like no other plant. The tea plant was already described as a valuable medicinal plant in ancient China (3rd century BC). Green tea increases the resistance against infectious diseases, heart and arterial diseases and cancer. Studies have proven that green tea concentrate can kill viruses that cause colds. The most valuable component in green tea is EGCG, the strongest plant antioxidant. Taking this substance when ill is important because it can prevent a relapse and can make the cure permanent. General resistance improves and inflammations are more easily conquered.
Green tea is refreshing and invigorating and gives more strength and endurance during exhausting colds. It improves breathing and combats runny noses.
WILD CAMOMILE (Matricaria chamomilla)
Wild camomile is a very common flower in our countryside. It is extremely fragrant due to the essential oils, which contain soothing and relaxing substances. It is the ideal plant for children as it reduces stomach ache, which is usually the first symptom of illness in small children. Anxiety and insomnia disappear and the components of wild camomile also have an anti-inflammatory action. It is an antioxidant and disinfects the upper respiratory tract.
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