Kick the ick faster with these herbal cold & flu fighters

herbal cold & flu fighters

Author: Lily Mazzarella
With folks streaming into Farmacopia, there’s no question that sick season has arrived. From swollen throats to blocked sinuses, coughs and congested chests, here’s what Farmacopia owner & lead herbalist, Lily Mazzarella, recommends to her clients to help ease their symptoms & speed recovery. 


Sometimes despite our most valiant efforts, those opportunistic germs still find their way in. Enter: Got Sick. Got Sick is Farmacopia’s tried-and-true weapon for rapid immune response. Chief herbs Andrographis, Echinacea, and Elderberry acutely support immune system health at onset. Not sick quite yet? Try our Not Sick Immune Defense Drops to keep sickness at bay.


Aching throat? If you get sick frequently, and it always starts in your throat, Defend! is for you. Heavy hitter herbs like Osha, Usnea, Echinacea, Red Root and Spilanthes encourage local immune activity and drainage in the throat’s lymphatic tissue. Sweet Ginger and Licorice Root bring great flavor and soothing comfort. Start spraying at first sign of throat soreness and inflammation. A must for travelers!


Stuffy & congested? The most gentle of all eucalyptus species, Eucalyptus radiata has a long tradition for use in respiratory health. Reach for this cooling and decongesting oil to support deep and clear breathing throughout the chest, lung and nasal passages. Perfect for uplifting tired and overworked bodies. Add a few drops to some coconut oil and rub all over your throat and chest to replace your conventional Vicks-like vapor rubs.


Immediate sinus relief! Non-drowsy SinuCare provides natural sinus, bronchial, and lung support. Encapsulated Eucalyptus & Lemon Myrtle oils cut through congestion and Eucalyptus oil’s main component, 1,8-cineole has been well-researched for its antimicrobial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties; it appears to stimulate cell-mediated immunity, AND relax smooth muscle in airways. Note: You may get a little eucalyptus burp, which most people find refreshing.


Clear phlegm in lung and chest with Health Concerns’ Clear Air. Traditional Chinese herbs target chronic cough with phlegm, wheezing and chest pain associated with bronchitis and asthma.

Want more? Check out our 15-minute self-care ritual for staying well this season.

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