After a few weeks of reading about how this viral infection is manifesting in patients, it became clear to me that we need to not only focus on anti-virals, but also supporting the lymphatic system, the nervous system, and keeping the body in a state that is least prone to this particular infection. “Deamp heat” is the TCM term being used to describe the infection, and we are also seeing that the initial viral infection may be paving the way for secondary bacterial infections to take over, leading to pneumonia. Many people are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms first, even before the respiratory symptoms manifest, leading some to believe this infection starts in the gut. All of these factors have been taken into account in the development of this particular elixir.
Lemon balm extract help to soothe and restore our nervous system, helping it more efficiently control all other body systems. It also calms anxiety and has been studied for its mood uplifting effects, which we could all use right now. Lemon balm is also antiviral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. The addition of a strong bee balm infusion helps to protect against respiratory infection and keep lungs clear of phlegm, while it additionally aids in the treatment of nausea, constipation and diarrhea. It is also a relaxing nervine herb and a natural expectorant. Usnea is perhaps the most strongly antimicrobial herb in this blend, its extracts have been studied for their ability to fight pathogenic & antibiotic resistant bacteria. Usnea is also used to treat cough, stimulate the immune system, reduce phlegm, cleanse the lungs, and soothe inflammation of the mucous membranes. Yarrow’s strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infective properties make it a no-brainer for preventing infection. It can also help keep phlem from sticking in the lungs, tones & strengthens body tissues, keeping too much moisture from sticking around, and is anti-inflammatory, pain relieving & promotes digestive health. Cleavers extract is the star of the show for lymphatic support, keeping stagnation from occurring in lymph or blood, cleansing the blood, and assisting in the efficient removal of toxins from the body. Every one of these additional herbs also helps to balance the energetics of this viral infection with their cooling and drying properties.