Prickly Pears, Mulberries and Peaches are cooling and moistening. The prickly pears and mulberries are added support to the kidneys and blood sugar imbalances(though this being a syrup makes that use questionable). Thankfully, Kiva rose had already written up some ideas for supporting the lungs after wildfires, since she had experienced some recently where she lives in New Mexico. After looking at her post here http://bearmedicineherbals.com/smoke.html I got some more ideas for my own remedy.
Cordyceps, a mushroom(ish) extract, was added in because it also strengthens the kidneys and lungs. It is gently tonifying and nourishes your vital essence, oftentimes it has been used therapeutically as an endurance remedy.
Mullein is one of my first go to’s for lung support. It enlivens the lungs yet relaxes them at the same time. Mullein is soothing and gently astringent. I use it in lung remedies to make sure and direct other herbs. As soon as I take it, I can feel it center in on the lungs. It is a specific for dry coughs, especially when used in syrup form.
Gumweed, I added this in to complement Mullein and add in some extra “oomph” so that any particulates from the wildfires could be more easily expelled. Grindelia can relax the respiratory tract, lessening coughs, and also create a situation where when you do cough us is more productive.
Bee Balm is an herb that quells the fire. It does so by drawing the fire out to the surface and allowing it to burn itself out more quickly. For sore throats, there is no plant I can think of I would rather use. As much as Mullein centers on the lungs, I feel Bee Balm centers on the throat.
All in all you’ve got a nice seasonal, bioregional blend of herbs and berries. Want some? We’ll be at the Hope Farmers Market in East Austin or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org