Beneficial Botanicals' Gold Label tinctures are made from fresh plants, not dried and re-hydrated to tincture at a later date. An organic bounty is ready and waiting in a remote and pristine area, where plants are harvested at peak season in the U.S. No need to hope for the best when you can get the best!

Plant of the Month

Sambucus (black elderberry) Elderberry has proven to have strong antiviral effects that protect the cells from Influenza A (H1N1, H2N2, H3N2) as well as Influenza B. It is recommended during the cold and flu season to create an "armour" of defense but can also be used at the onset of flu to lessen the duration of infection.

How it Works
Black elderberry proteins actually prevent the virus from invading the cell. The influenza virus invades cells by puncturing the cell wall with the tiny spikes of hemaglutinin that cover its surface. The active ingredient in the elderberry disarms these the spikes, binds to them, thus stopping them from piercing the cell membrane. Evidence also showed that elderberry proteins fight the influenza virus in another way, too. The viral spikes are covered with the enzyme, neuraminidase, which helps break down the healthy cell wall. The elderberry inhibits the action of the enzyme. -- Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu (world-renowned Israeli virologist)

Why is a Tincture better than Syrup?
Both can be very potent if made with fresh berries and not commercially grown. But if you don't want to spend a lot of money and most of your day drinking the syrup, then the concentrated convenience of a tincture is much more practical. And they are longer lasting. Tinctures preserve the berries well and will last from year to year (up to 7 years) if kept in a cool dark location, unlike syrups or juices that only last in the refrigerator about 3 months at most.

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A Staple for Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Ligusticum porteri is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial agent that should be one of the staples in the herbal medicine cabinet for respiratory infections. Its anti-inflammatory actions work to alleviate mucous membrane inflammation, opening bronchial airways to ease breathing. Among its many benefits include the ability to clear mucus from the sinuses and lungs, relieving congestion and making breathing much easier, increasing oxygenation within the body. Osha root has the ability to cut through even the thickest phlegm, and provides so many benefits for infection relief that it comes highly recommended for common colds, flu viruses and coughs. One notable action of Osha root is its numbing effect, to soothe a sore throat. Available here: Osha Root Tincture

Bulk Dried Lomatium Root

Lomatium dissectum dried and ground root is now available from Beneficial Botanicals. Make your own capsules or use as a tea to treat influenza A virus.

Don't want to make capsules but need the benefits right now? Buy it in liquid form here: Lomatium Root Tincture

Lomatium is one of the most potent M2 inhibitors known, stronger than the pharmaceutical amantadine. Use of the M2 channel is necessary for the influenza A virus to penetrate cells, which is why the development of blockers for it was considered crucial. Unfortunately, the extensive us of chemical M2 inhibitors such as amantadine in poultry farms has now created nearly complete resistance to them in all influenza A strains. Lomatium dissectum offers us a chance to "fool" the virus with a different blocker than what the virus has "learned" to resist. : referenced from Herbal Antivirals, Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections by author Stephen Harrod Buhner 2013

A Likeable Lichen

Usnea lapponcia is a wispy little lichen that doesn't look like much but in the medical lab, it has demonstrated its strength!

Usnic acid, the main constituent of Usnea, has been extensively studied as an antibiotic that inhibits 16 known gram-positive bacteria (both the resistant and non-resistant strains) including streptococcus, staphylococcus, and mycobacteria. Usnea is used for acute and chronic lung infections, such as pneumonia, colds and flu, and as an adjunct to tuberculosis (TB) treatment. Usnea appears to kill bacteria by disrupting their metabolic function, cutting off energy supply to the cells. Unlike bacterial cells, human cells are less permeable to usnic acid and are not adversely affected. So let's give Usnea the top shelf rating it deserves!

photo credit: Botanical Blessings Organization

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Noteworthy: Usnea is sensitive to air pollution, especially sulfur dioxide, a by-product from combustion of petroleum and coal. The Usnea harvested for this tincture is from a pristine area, at an altitude of 5,000 feet, isolated from sulfur dioxide pollution.

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