Pneumonia often starts with a bad cold but spreads to the lungs, where it causes infection. You may have a mucous cough and may have difficulty taking a deep breath. Severe pneumonia often requires a hospital stay. Mild pneumonia may be treated with herbal remedies, especially if you are prone to this type of condition. Always have your condition checked by a doctor to ensure that it does not progress in severity.
_ Echinacea – This immune boosting herb is often effective by helping the body fight off infections. This is available in capsule form as well as in a tea or tincture.
_ Goldenseal – This herb helps fight bacteria and can also help stimulate the body’s immune system. You can take this in capsule form or as a tea or tincture. In capsule form, take up to 1,000-milligrams three times per day.
_ Mullein – This herb is known to help the respiratory tract and can help fight inflammation. It also eases coughs, helping the body get needed rest.
Usually used as a tea, steep the dried root in hot water for 10 minutes
Remove the herbs and drink the tea. You may drink up to 3 cups of tea per day
Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
Allergic reactions to poison ivy and poison oak range from mild to severe Reactions start with red and itching skin followed by blisters and oozing. If exposed, rinse the effected area as soon as possible with water. For severe reactions you should seek medical attention by a doctor. Mild reactions, however, are often easily helped with herbal remedies.
_ Jewelweed – This plant is known to help skin rashes caused by poison ivy, oak and sumac. Use the fresh, crushed leaves in a compress and hold on the effected skin. You can also apply a tea rinse to the skin. Mix a strong tea and apply to the skin with a clean cloth.
_ Aloe – The juice from the aloe plant helps heal wounds and acts as an anti-inflammatory. You can use it right off the plant by breaking off a small piece and applying the gel directly to the skin. Aloe lotion is available commercially. Look for gel that is 100% aloe.
_ Witch Hazel – This herb is cooling, soothing and drying, three things that will help heal rashes quickly. Readily available at drug stores, apply topically to the skin as often as needed. You can soak a cloth with witch hazel and lay over the effected skin area.
_ Cucumber – Cucumber acts as a coolant and helps calm inflamed skin
You can use a fresh cucumber applied directly to the skin. You may also mash the cucumber and use by placing small amounts on the skin.