The herbs listed below are some of the classic herbs used to soothe and protect the respiratory airways, as well as help thin and disperse any excess reactive mucus production. These ingredients are the perfect combination to make up an all-natural, Ayurvedic herbal cough syrup, called Cough Kicker.*
Suggested Use: Take a ½ teaspoon every 2-4 hours, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Bottle Contains: 47 servings, 2.5ml each
Ingredients: Wild Cherry Bark*, Osha Root*, Organic Thyme Herb, Grindelia Herb*, Slippery Elm Bark*, Organic Peppermint Leaf, White Pine Bark*, Yerba Santa Leaf*, Organic Ginger Root, Horehound Herb*, Menthol Crystals
(*)Ethically Wild Harvested
Other Ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin, Deionized Water, Organic Honey
Does not contain: Yeast, gluten, corn, soy, milk, fish, animal products, binders, fillers, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners, colors, or flavors.
Kosher Certified: No animal derivatives
Winter is nature’s cold and dry season, which often manifests in the body as dry skin, dry sinuses and a dry or scratchy throat.
Thankfully, nature has a plan to protect our delicate respiratory mucous membranes during the harsh winter months. The plan presents itself in the form of a harvest consisting of warming, high-fat and high-protein foods, and ample amounts of slimy, soluble fiber like chia, flax, and grains.
Not only that, organically-grown foods harvested in late fall/early winter attract a different kind of microbe from the soil than they would in the summer. These fall-winter microbes help ignite digestion, boost internal heat and strengthen the immunity that we desperately need each winter.
Unfortunately, not many of us eat the foods that provide the winter insulation, moisture and seasonal microbes and, inevitably, we miss out on the digestive boost and immune protection that nature intended for us to have. The result: our airways dry out!
The more we breathe the dry winter air, the drier the immune-activating small cilia (sweeping projections) in the airways become. The dryness irritates the mucous membranes which signals them to make more mucus and, in short order, the nose begins to run. Cue the sniffles.
The thin, reactive mucus of the sinuses often drips quietly down the back of the sinuses, mouth and throat, and funnels into the bronchioles. The dripping mucus can tickle the back of the throat and bronchioles and trigger an attempt to expel it out.
Often, the cough is dry because the mucus is too thin to actually muster up a productive cough of any kind. This is a good sign, as all that is typically needed at this stage is lubrication of the nasal sinuses upstream—and this can be accomplished naturally with herbs!
Herbs that lubricate the sinuses will drip into the back of the throat, lubricating and soothing the throat. This can help to prevent thin, reactive mucus from irritating and congesting the bronchioles.
Ayurvedic Herbal Cough Syrup Ingredients
Wild Cherry Bark
According to A Modern Herbal by M. Grieve, Wild Cherry Bark (Prunus serotine) is an astringent tonic that helps dry up the mucous membranes. It also relaxes the airways, so the bronchioles are less likely to be triggered into a cough. It has been used to support the health of the bronchioles and lung tissue. (1)
Osha root (Ligusticum porteri) is a perennial herb that was used by Native Americans as a sacred herb to calm coughs, congestion and a variety of respiratory concerns. Perhaps its most active constituent is the camphor found in the root, which helps open the airways as well as support natural sterols that help the body muster the energy needed to support the respiratory process.
According to the Herbal Materia Medica, thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has been used for thousands of years to support the respiratory airways. (2) In one study, thyme was compared to a placebo with folks with a cough. During a 7-9 day period, coughing fits were reduced by a whopping 68%. (3)
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a classic Ayurvedic herb used worldwide as a natural lubricant for the respiratory airways. Licorice naturally lubricates and soothes the sinuses and airways, which quells the production of reactive mucus. In one study, licorice helped protect the lungs from reactive irritation while also supporting deeper and healthier breathing. (4)
According to the Herbal Materia Medica, Grindelia robusta or gumweed was a traditional medicine of California’s Native Chumash Indians. It naturally opens the airways and supports respiratory health. (5)
Slippery Elm Bark
Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus rubra) ) is perhaps one of the most effective herbs for the respiratory tract. When the bark is cooked down, it becomes more viscous, allowing it to adhere to the mucous membranes and offer lasting support for the sinuses, throat, and bronchioles. Many Ayurvedic formulas for respiratory health are built around the effectiveness of Slippery Elm Bark. (6, 7)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is naturally rich in airway-opening menthols. These menthols help to thin any reactive mucus and, in one animal study, peppermint was shown to reduce sneezing, nasal rubbing, and nasal leakage. (8)
White Pine Bark
White Pine Bark (Pinus albicaulis) is a natural supportive herb for the respiratory tract. It contains natural calming constituents that can help relax the airways, supporting healthy deep breathing. (9)
Yerba Santa Leaf
Yerba Santa Leaf (Eriodictyon glutinosum) is an evergreen that supports healthy bronchial, pulmonary and respiratory function. It has been used traditionally alongside Grindelia robusta. (10)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known in Ayurveda as the “Universal Spice” because it has so many health properties. For coughs, it can thin excess mucus and boost immunity. In one study, fresh ginger was effective at supporting immunity against undesirable microbes in the respiratory tract. (11)
Horehound (Marrubium globosum) is found in almost every herbal formula used to support healthy bronchial, respiratory and pulmonary function. Naturally rich in menthols, horehound supports opening airways for deeper and more efficient respiration.
Naturally found in many plants like peppermint and horehound, menthol has been studied to help reduce nasal sensitivity, resulting in decreased reactive mucus production and a subjective sense of easier breathing. (12)
Warning: Do not take during pregnancy or while nursing. Keep out of reach of children.
Important Note: When a cough becomes productive (green or yellow), the sniffles have accumulated enough to become a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses to live. It is best to see your medical doctor whenever a cough becomes productive, chronic or persistent.