Updated: Mar 13, 2021

The lymph system is the body's mechanism to wash tissues of toxins, passing them back into the bloodstream to be cleansed by the liver and kidneys. After exposure to inflammation from colds, allergy or deficient diet adenoids, that are lymphoid tissue at the junction of the throat and nose, may overgrow and become diseased. Mainly in children age 3 to 10.

Symptoms may include: Mouth always half open through inability to breath freely through nose, nose thin and shrunken, teeth may protrube, snoring, possible deafness from ear infection, children gritting their teeth at night.

Herbal treatment include: Clivers, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Marigold, Poke root, Queen's Delight, Sarsaparilla, Thuja, Wild Indigo.

Link to herbal treatment: The herbs recommended below are all organic and pure with nothing else added. In alternative of Clivers dried herbs there is a Clivers alcohol free tincture which makes it suitable for kids. For best result take both Clivers and Echinacea dried herbs, the first with help the lymphatic system and the second will boost the immune system. For children dosage click here.

Cleavers (Galium aparine): The parts used are leaves and stems and the active constituents are iridoids, polyphenolic acids, anthraquinones, alkanes and flavonoids, tannins and coumarins. Cleavers main action is that of a diuretic by eliminating toxins from the body via the urinary system. Effective as a lymphatic cleanser it can be used to treat swollen lymph glands. Helpful in skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. One of the iridoids acts as a mild laxative. Can be helpful to reduce blood pressure. For the nervous system it is used as a sleep tonic.

Contraindications: Do not use if you have low blood pressure.

One teaspoon (1g) of Cleavers dried herb in one cup of boiling water, infuse 5-15 minutes and take thrice daily.

For Cleavers tinctures take one teaspoon (5 ml) daily.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea/angustifolia): The parts used are root, rhizome and the active constituents are echinacoside (only in purpurea), isobutyl amides, polysaccarides, polyacetylenes, essential oil, alkaloids and flavonoids. Polysaccarides play a key role in preventing viruses from taking hold in the body's cells, stimulating the white T-cells. Alkaloids perform an antibacterial and antifungal function. Can be used as an alterative, or blood cleanser. Aids the skin, clearing boils and other complaints. Immunostimulant.

Contraindications: Consult a doctor before taking if you suffer from HIV, AIDS or any other auto-immune disease.

Boil for 15 minutes one teaspoon (1g) of Echinacea dried herb in a cup of water. Take three times a day.

Note: The herbs here recommended are to be used for their natural healing properties. If you have a chronic condition or are already following medical advice, you should seek further advice before you start any herbal treatment. There are herbs that are not safe to be used when you have a medical condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding, so pay particular attention to warnings and contraindications. Children's dosages differ from those for adults. Do not exceed the recommended dosages.

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