After my husband had surgery to remove a colon cancer, he was left with a very heavy chest, which caused tremendous coughs to wrack his body with pain. I blended three tinctures together to make him a remedy for this congestion, which was likely caused by the anesthetic.
2 parts Echinacea - great for viral and bacterial infections in the respiratory system
1 part Osha Root - has an affinity for the digestive, respiratory, and immune systems. It can be used as a liniment for sore muscles and is indicated for colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, and sore throats. Its main action is anti-microbial.
2 parts Usnea lichen - is useful for chest infections and respiratory complaints. It is anti-microbial and antifungal. It is a hardy immune system ally.
1/4 part Glycerin - used as a sweetener
According to a book I have here, each of these herbs are dosed at 3-7.5 ml/2-3 x a day. I always go with 'less is more' and trust Spirit to do the rest. In light of the information given to him, he has decided on 3 ml twice a day and it is working for him. As well, he is recieving a lot of energy work and taking another formula I made for him to support his liver/kidneys and he is taking Essiac Formula - four herb blend. I am simply sharing our experience of what has worked for us. Please do your own research and trust your own instincts. There are a lot of herbs out there that do similar actions and will work well in a synergistic formula. Be well; be at peace.