Mint relaxes the peripheral blood vessels, calms smooth muscle spasms, dries dampness, expels phlegm, and clears the head. It is regarded as an excellent remedy for stomach cramps due to its ability to reduce hypercontractability of the intestinal muscles. It is often added to formulas using laxative herbs, such as cascara sagrada, to prevent intestinal gripe. Peppermint is considered the strongest mint medicinally, though the other mints have medicinal benefit as well. Peppermint has activity against a wide range of pathogens including streptococcus, staphylococcus, and candida.
Native Americans used this herb externally for burns, swelling of the lymph nodes, and insect bites. Internally, it was used for pain associated with headaches and stomachaches, measles, coughs, and gonorrhea. It was also used for rattlesnake bites. Today, the herb is used for prophylaxis and treatment of flu, sepsis, and mild to moderate cold infections.
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.
Cloves may protect the liver, reduce inflammation of the mouth and pharynx, and help with dental pain when used as a topical anesthetic. In ayurvedic medicine it is used for halitosis, eye disease, toothache, flatulence, colic, and anorexia.
Olive leaves lower blood pressure and helps to improve the function of the circulatory system. They are also mildly diuretic and may be used to treat conditions such as cystitis. Possessing some ability to lower blood sugar levels, the leaves have been taken for diabetes.
A classically bitter and tonic herb, Andrographis exerts a wide range of protective effects on the body - mostly through its ability to stimulate the immune system, especially macrophages, and to protect the liver from damage, whether by infection or poisoning.