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Here is a selection of herbs that will help with nose and throat complaints. Each one comes with a brief description - click on the herb for more information about the medical uses, other uses and dosage.

Aloe Vera

Aloe has an antioxidant effect that benefits your skin and slows aging, while in cold remedies it can clear your sinuses and ease headaches.
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Angelica is a herb that featured heavily in medieval medicine, used in the treatment of ailments ranging from insomnia to headaches. Today, it is used primarily in the relief of stomach problems and coughs or sore throats.
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Cayenne has long been a popular cure for gastro-intestinal problems, including cramps gas and ulcers. Further up the body, gargling with a Cayenne solution will relieve the pain of a sore throat.
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Chinese Ephedra

Ephedra is only available in the US in other forms now – as an asthma, cold or allergy remedy. It is also available in traditional Chinese remedies, mainly focusing on lung problems and flu. Despite this, it remains hugely popular around the world and is cultivated on a large scale in China for both domestic use and export markets.
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Damiana has a long history of use as an aphrodisiac, with the first users widely thought to have been the Aztecs and Mayans in Central America. It has actually been used for a variety of sexual-related conditions, from menopause to male infertility.
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Evening Primrose

Also known as "Kings Cure-all", Evening Primrose has a long history of medicinal use in the Western world. After being used for some time by Native Americans, it crossed the Atlantic in the early 17th century and was categorised by one of the first significant European botanists, the Englishman John Goodyer.
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Garlic is a powerful preventative medicine. By lowering cholesterol levels, regulating blood sugar, lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system, garlic helps to build up your body and restore its defences against both age and disease.
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These days, Ginger is used by many herbologists to cure digestive problems, but it has also had success in treating the common cold, motion sickness and arthritis.
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A favorite of herbologists in ancient times, licorice was an important part of Egyptian culture. Although now more familiar throughout the world as a candy, it still has several uses in modern medicine, especially for colds and respiratory problems. More on Licorice and respiratory problems..

Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery Elm bark is very effective in soothing sore throats, coughs and respiratory problems such as bronchitis and pleurisy. Unlike many other herbs which are still under testing, Slippery Elm Bark is already currently recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as a safe and effective nonprescription.
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