In the past few months I have been busy searching my old herbal medicine text books, searching for possible cures of bird flu. I feel that once it
hits, current medications will be resistant and low availability.
I think I have found a herb that is common, easily grown and should help the chest symptoms enormously.
That pretty little white, mauve or white/mauve flower that is often found in spring gardens.
Lobelia is a Herb that is often descibed as poisonous although many old Herb Almanacs have Lobelia as a cure for Asthma and chest related illnesses.
The whole Plant is used. Most flowering plants are cultivated at the completion of flowering for herbal medicine use.
The seeds are particulary good to gather and crush with a mortar and pestle to make an alcoholic tincture. Cover seeds with ethanol in a dark jar in a
dark cupboard, shaking reg for 14 days.
The top of the plant is beneficial when made into an infusion, or Tea. For Dried herb use a third of what you would use with fresh herb.
Use the herb in conjunction with other Herbs in an infusion including catnip, elderberries, rosemary, feverfew and possibly thyme.
To dry the herb pick plants whole in the morning around 11 am to 2pm. shake out the dirt and tie the plants in bundles. hang the bundles upsidedown in
a dark cupboard or pantry. Wait a period of two to three weeks until the herb is completely dry. Cake racks are another good drying method. Quick herb
driers and dehydraters can take the goodness out of the herb being dried.
When the herb is completely dry store the bunches in dark glass jars in a dark spot. Try not to crush the dried herb until it is required for use.
That ensures the bunches hold the goodness.
When using fresh plant stock the herb may need to be steeped longer in boiling water for the infusion and more stock as previously stated needs to be
used. Sometimes a double steeping is required for fresh stock.
Give patient two cups of infusion of Lobelia and then place wet compresses or towels on the patient. Wrap patient tightly in a wool blanket. Within an
hour remove the blanket and you will find the towels are steaming hot to the touch and the patients fever and chest difficulties should abate.
Now is the time to go and plant the lobelia. In America as winter is coming you may need to grow in a glasshouse environment or under lights. If a
pandemic does not break out then you still have a lovely garden. If it does break out you have medicine. It is fast growing and prolific for seeds.
Lobelia has long been a cure for pluerisy and influenza although as previously stated many mainstream practitioners accuse the herb of being a poison.
The herb is an emetic, that is to say it induces vomiting but strangely when used in small doses can actually settle an upset stomach.
There have been fears that used on the skin, poisons can be absorbed but not enough study has been done to clear this mattrer up either way. Lobelia
is not a herb that is put forward often as an alternative cure because of those fears. Herbal practitioners disagree with the accusations of the herb
being poisonous. i have given some links below and google has many more for readers to peruse to make up their own minds on Lobelias use as a herb and
possible cure for the symptoms of Avian Bird Flu.
I have another encyclopedia on Lobelia and it's uses that i have been trying to dig up all morning with no success but I will post in this thread any
more recipes when i do lay my hands on it.