Horehound mildly stimulates cardiopulmonary activity, encourages the body to expel phlegm, clears heat and toxins, and deters infection. The essential oils in horehound help dilate the arteries and relieve lung congestion.
Since the days of Hippocrates, peony has been recommended as a remedy for epilepsy. Peony root helps clear heat, increases circulation, and helps improve blood flow to the uterus.
Cayenne is a powerful warming stimulant acting on the circulation, the digestion and is used on a wide range of complaints from arthritis and chilblains to colic and diarrhoea.
Rehmannia tonifies the blood and helps with deficiencies, working as a blood tonic. It helps strengthen the bones and tissue and can enhance fertility. Chinese doctors have used it with licorice for the treatment of hepatitis, and in reducing the effects of rheumatoid arthritis.
St. John’s wort’s ability to fight depression makes it useful in treating fatigue, and its ability to relieve pain makes it helpful for treating vocal pain and laryngitis associated with fibromyalgia.
Cinnamon has been traditionally taken as a warming herb for “cold” conditions, often in combination with ginger. The herb stimulates the circulation, especially to the fingers and toes. Cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for digestive problems, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, as well as for aching muscles and other symptoms of viral conditions such as colds.