Lemon balm tincture is most notably used for its nervine, antidepressant and anxiolytic actions; it has the ability to calm the nervous system, relieve depressive states and lessen anxiety. Some refer to this herb as a nervous system trophorestorative, which means it can rebuild and restore the nervous system when used over time. Lemon balm has even been found in double-blind placebo-controlled studies to uplift the mood and calm nervousness. Lemon balm is also anti-viral and has been shown to be effective against multiple herpes strains as well as enteroviruses. It may also be useful in treating sleep disturbances and digestive complains, especially those related to depression and anxiety.
The tincture of Honeysuckle flowers is used widely in Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to disperse fever. It is specific to supporting the lungs and respiratory system, it has been used in many traditions for treatment of whooping cough, asthma and bronchitis. It contains antibiotic compounds that may be useful for infection and have been used in cobination with other herbs for treatment of flu in TCM. According to Herbalist Stephen Buhner, honeysuckle is effectife against SARS-group viruses and is recommended in combination with other herbs in his protocol for the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Echinacea tincture is an immune stimulant and immune system modulator most frequently used to treat the common cold. It has antibacterial as well as antiviral properties and can be used to treat a wide range of infections both internally and externally. Echinacea is anti-inflammatory for skin conditions and can be very effective at stopping a sore throat if used at the very first sign of infection. While much echinacea product on the market is made with echinacea purpurea, the angustifolia species is known amongst herbalists as the more medicinal species and is often preferred.
Usnea is a lichen that has many medicinal qualities, perhaps most notably, it antimicrobial/anti-infective actions. It is an immune system stimulant, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. It has been found to be effective against a number of viruses, parasites and even some resistant bacteria. Usnea is a drying herb and can be useful in ridding the body of excess mucous, as well as tightening up tissues that are too "damp" or lax. It has traditionally been used in upper respiratory and lung infections, its ability to clear mucous from airways is helpful in this treatment. Usnea is also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Chickweed has many medicinal actions, it is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, & expectorant. It can also help wounds to heal more quickly, soothe the mucous membranes, increase the body's ability to detoxify and support the lymphatic system. It is high in minerals and nutrients and can bolster the state of the body by nourishing many organ systems at once. Chickweed has a special affinity for the kidneys, and other organs that control the balance of water in the body. It can help get rid of excess while preserving what is necessary. Its ability to improve lymphatic function and support removal of toxins & cellular waste from the body make it an important herb for detoxification.