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.
Marshmallow root is an ingredient in many lung preparations and cough syrups, as well as preparations for urinary tract problems, stomach ailments, and wound healing.
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.
Burdock improves the elimination of metabolic wastes through the liver, lymph, large intestines, lungs, kidneys, and skin.
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.