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Calm allergies, colds, and sinus troubles with cowslip

EXORCIZE sinus troubles with this ‘saintly’ spring flower

Sometimes it feels like you can’t catch a break.

If it’s not an upper respiratory infection that’s clinging onto the final few days of winter…

It’s the sniffling, sneezing, and coughing that comes as soon as spring hits!

With all those trees and flowers starting bloom, you’re in the crosshairs for seasonal allergies.

But there’s a way you can ease those stuffed sinus cavities… and that cough and congestion

And it comes from a flower that blooms right at the start of spring!

Medieval cow flower a sacred springtime cure

Known as the first flower of Spring, cowslip (a.k.a. Primula veris) is an early-blooming wildflower in the primrose family.

It commonly grows in the unlikeliest of places — cow pastures – and has for thousands of years.

Celtic druids treasured cowslip for its pharmaceutical benefits… as well as its spiritual significance.

But they weren’t the only ancient religious leaders to acknowledge the value of cowslip.

In Medieval times, they called this plant “Herb Peter” after Saint Peter, whose emblem is a bunch of cowslip flowers – an icon thought to resemble the keys to heaven’s gate.

The apothecaries of Florence also sought after this sacred “key flower” for its healing powers…

And when it comes to ailments of the upper respiratory tract, it’s just as precious today as it was in the Middle Ages.

Cowslip contains considerable amounts of expectorant compounds known as triterpene saponins , which thin and loosen mucus.

And its main constituents – flavonoids – take on a double duty.

First, they inhibit the release of histamine – the culprit behind a lot of the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

And second, they’re powerful anti-inflammatories – which is a GODSEND for your inflamed sinuses and nasal passages!

Cowslip could relieve the swollen and painful sinuses associated with sinusitis – especially when combined with other herbs such as gentian root, European elderflower, verbena, and sorrel.

And since sinusitis is usually caused by a virus… and can’t be cured with antibiotics… you’ll want as much herbal power on your side as possible to clear it up!

Cowslip is also an antispasmodic — hence its nicknames “Palsy Wort” and “Herba paralysis.”

Don’t worry, it won’t paralyze YOU – just the muscles that are tightening your chest and keeping you from breathing freely.

The polysaccharides (a.k.a. complex sugars) in cowslip have antitussive power – that is, the ability to calm a cough.

An herbal extract of cowslip is available as a tincture or powder. It sometimes goes by the name Primula officinalis.

Cowslip is also one of the cough-combating ingredients you’ll find in Ricola  herbal lozenges.

To unlocking a sinus cure,

Melissa Young