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Echinacea and marshmallow

By Karen Morris

Heading toward a change of season is a great time to ensure you have access to good quality, herbal therapeutic remedies to help treat sore throats, coughs, colds and other respiratory issues that can arise when the weather and temperature becomes changeable.

Two popular, safe and reliable herbs that may assist when the ills of the cooler months begin to strike are Echinacea and Marshmallow. They work well together to stimulate the immune system and provide a soothing, antimicrobial combination that is generally suitable for the whole family.

In a glycetract form these herbs present in a non-alcoholic, pleasant tasting glycerine based liquid, offering ideal application to affected respiratory passages and making compliance easier in children, or those with a sweet tooth.

Preparations of Echinacea Root (Echinacea purpurea and angustifolia) are well- known and respected for their antibacterial, antiviral and immune enhancing properties, a valuable herb for prevention and treatment of upper respiratory tract infection. The specific use of Echinacea Root makes it more suitable for use by allergy sufferers.

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) another brilliant herb, has a long history of use internally for digestive, respiratory and urinary system complaints, also makes for conditions of the mouth, throat and skin. It contains substances including appropriate vitamins and minerals that are very soothing and healing on contact with tissue and also works via the central nervous system to soothe irritated membranes and coughs in respiratory conditions.