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Herbal Information:

Garlic:

  • Traditiopnally herbalists have used garlic for immune system function.
  • All over the world and for thousands of years, people have been using garlic to improve their health.
  • Garlic's main active constituent is allicin. Allicin is being studied right now as a natural antibiotic.
    • An article in MDD Diagnostice "April, 2002, Vol. 5, No. 4, P. 12" describes 2 studies that have had positive results using allicin from garlic as an alternative to prescription antibiotics. (Allicin Study Link 
Golden Seal:
  • Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), also known as orange root, yellow root or yellow puccoon, is a perennial herb belonging to the buttercup family.
    • We have all heard of the legendary history of Goldenseal. It has historical applications with colds, flu's rashes, ulcers, urinary tract infections and even ear aches. There is not a scientific study to prove all of those uses but there are some proven benefits.
  • Native Americans historically used goldenseal for health issues like skin diseases, ulcers, stomach issues and gonorrhea.
    • Today goldenseal is being studied for its effectiveness with health issues including; the natural treatment and prevention of colds, respiratory tract infections, allergies, eye infections, digestive issues, canker sores, vaginitis and urinary tract infections.
  • One of the major active constituents in Goldenseal is berberine. Berberine has been been proven to be antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and blood glucose–lowering. It's no wonder that Goldenseal is so popular among naturalists and western medicine stidies.
    • Goldenseal contains large quantities of berberine which may be effective in preventing bacteria from binding to urinary tract walls. (Link)
  • Research at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School has shown goldenseal's medicinal effectiveness as an immune stimulant may be due to its ability to reduce the pro-inflammatory response, which indirectly leads to the limiting of clinical symptoms during infection. (Study Link)
Echinacea Angustifolia:
  • Contains active substances called phenols. Phenols control a range of enzymes and cell receptors that protet the plant from infections and diseases.Phenols are also antioxidants.
  • Antioxidants are considered to be healthy for humans.
  • Echinacea also contains alkylamides or alkamides, as well as polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and caffeic acid derivatives.
  • Traditionally herbalists have used Echinacea as an immune system booster.
Myrrh:
  • This sap-like substance is collected from the cuts in the bark of trees from the Commiphora Trees. Some other names are Gugul and Mukul Myrrh trees.
  • For thousands of years the sap has been used as medicine. The list of traditional or historical uses range from indigestion and ulcers to colds, coughs and lung congestion. It was even used for such things as leprosy.
  • Myrrh has two classes of primary active compounds that lend to its efficacy in supporting a healthy immune response: sesquiterpenes and terpenoids. Studies show that sesquiterpenes and terpenoids support the body in soothing inflamed areas, while also protecting against cell damage and the formation of chronic disease. (Study Link)
  • Normally Schistomiasis (a parasitic infection) is treated with chemotherapy. Because the parasites became resistant to the drug, researchers tested myrrh on 204 patients with schistosomiasis to determine if it was effective at ridding the body of two different types of parasites: S. haematobium and S. mansoni.
  • The researchers reported in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that: “The drug [myrrh] was given at a dose of 10 mg/kg of body weight/day for three days, and induced a cure rate of 91.7%.
Astragalus Root:
  • Astragalus is considered to be an "Adaptogen" herb. Adaptogens are herbs that help “protect the body against physical, mental, and emotional stress" according to herbalists.
  • Astragalus is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is referred to as Huang-qi. Only the roots are harvested for medicinal purposes.
  • Today we know how and why it was so valued by the Chinese as a plant that positively affects human health. Astragalus contains three components major active constituents - saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. 
  • Saponins are known for their ability to lower cholesterol and improve the immune system.
  • Flavanoids have antioxidative qualities which control and scavenge off free radicals. They are also to help prevent heart disease, and immunodeficiency viruses.
  • Polysaccharides are known to have antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory capabilities, among other health benefits.
Reishi Mushroom:
  • The reishi mushroom, also known as LingZhi in Traditional Chinese Medicine is an edible mushroom that has been used for its healing abilities for thousands of years.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine documents Reishi mushrooms as anti-inflammatories and they are tied to longevity, better immune function and mental clarity.
  • These mushrooms are catagorized as adaptogens.
  • There are multiple studies that have been or are being conducted in Japan, China, the U.S. and the U.K. These studies indicate that reishi mushrooms are capable of offering protection against numerous diseases or illnesses, including; inflammation, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), frequent infections (urinary tract, bronchitis, respiratory infections, etc.), liver disease, digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome, skin disorders, autoimmune disorders, viruses, and many others
Mullein:
  • The herb Mullein has been cultivated in Scotland and England for centuries as a medicinal herb. Historically it was used for respiratory issues like coughs,  lung conjestion, brochitis and nasal congestion. 
  • Mullein contains a good amount of potassium and calcium phosphate.
  • These two organic salts are essential for rebuilding tissue, nervous system function, bone structure and in maintaining general health and well-being.
  • Mullein leaves and flowers are classified in traditional herbal literature as expectorants (promotes the discharge of mucus) and demulcents (soothes irritated mucous membranes). Historically, mullein has been used by herbalists as a remedy for the respiratory tract, particularly in cases of irritating coughs with bronchial congestion.
  • Mullein is an excellent herb for the respiratory system, and has been known as an astringent, which opens air passages by shrinking irritated areas, allowing air to flow more freely through the respiratory system.
  • Mullein is known by other names in other ancient cultures. The people of Rome and Ireland called it "lungwort" because they used it to cure lung disease in both humans and livestock (Muenscher, 1935; DeBray, 1978).
  • "Mullein contains approximately 3% mucilage and small amounts of saponins and tannins. The mucilaginous constituents are thought to be responsible for the soothing actions on mucous membranes. The saponins may be responsible for the expectorant actions of mullein." University of Michigan Medical Health Article
  • Mullein has a long history of traditional use for respiratory issues and is currently being studied for more information.
Bayberry:
  • The traditional uses of Bayberry are for head colds, circulatory system stimulation, as a gargle for sore throats, as an ointment for skin ulcers, Diarrhea and even nausea.
  • Bayberry contains tannins that have a drying effect on skin and membranes.
  • On classifications for Bayberry is as an astringent.
  • Bayberry contains an active flavonoid called Myricetin. It is extracted from the barks, leaves, and roots of the plant known as myrica rubrae (Bayberry). It is very well known for the biologic effect of antioxidant and radical scavenge activities.
  • During the 19th century Samuel Thomson, a New England herbalist and father of 'physiomedicalism' described Bayberry as second only to red pepper for producing 'heat' within the body. Thomson recommended it for colds, flu, diarrhoea, fever and infectious disease and most particularly as an agent to increase the 'vital force', related to the body's intrinsic ability to heal itself.

Elcampane:

  • The herb Elcampane is categorized as a diuretic, tonic, expectorant, alterative, astringent and is a gentle stimulant.

  • "The traditional uses in herbal medicine it is chiefly for coughs, consumption and other pulmonary complaints, being a favourite domestic remedy for bronchitis. It has been employed for many hundreds of years with good results in chest affections." ( A Modern Herbal Botanical )
  • An expectorant is defined as an herb that expels. 
  • An astringent is said to shrink or contract skin. Some herbalists use astringents on swollen mucous membranes.

 The studies sited above are for informational purposes only. They do not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products that contain similar materials.

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What is the Immune System?

The immune system protects the body like a guardian from harmful influences from the environment and is essential for survival. It is made up of different organs, cells and proteins and aside from the nervous system, it is the most complex system that the human body has.
Without an immune system, a human being would be exposed to harmful pathogens germs bacteria and viruses from the outside and similar issues on the inside. All of these issues would be unstopable and even fatal it the immune system was eliminated.
The body’s immune system is given the assignment of neutralizing pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi that have entered the body, and removing them from the body. It is also supposed to recognize and neutralize harmful substances from the environment and fight against the body's own cells that have changed due to an illness or a disease like cancer.
There are two different halves to the immune system. Basically the first half is referred to as the innate immune system. It provides a general defense against pathogens, so it is also called the nonspecific immune system. It works mostly at the level of immune cells like “scavenger cells” or “killer cells.” These cells mostly fight against bacterial infections. The other half of the immune system is referred to as the adaptive immune system. It looks for pathogens that have similar traits but have mutated somehow so as not to be recognized. It is adaptive and seeks out those changes in the pathogens and then defends against them.
The two halves work very closely together to make a complete immune system. When our immune system is working properly illnesses and diseases like colds, flu's and rashes can be defended against and maybe even avoided all together.


Are there steps that can be taken to improve my immune system?

The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony amongst all of the working parts. There are healthy and unhealthy contributors to the immune system's overall performance. Sleeping habits, eating habits and stress loads all contribute to the immune system's capabilities.
The bottom line is that, as always, a healthy lifestyle contributes to a healthy immune system. To increase your immune system's health your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and healthy-living strategies such as these are just the ticket to bouy up your immune response to a nasty pathogen who's only goal to to sicken the host that it is about to attack.
  • Don't smoke.
    • Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health. It introdices carcinogens into your body that make your immune system have to perform tasks that aren't necessary. Smoking also blocks life supporting oxegen from being able to run free throughout your body and give support to the immune system. Smoking is definitely a double threat problem.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
    • A healthy diet that keeps your body full of nutrition and contains enough fiber to keep everything that you consume moving through and being expelled from your body is essential to overall health.
  • Exercise regularly.
    • Diet and exercise! We hear it all of the time Exercise is just as important to overall health as diet. It doesn't take much but some exercise 3 to 5 times per week will do wonders for your immune system and its ability to defend you against the onslaught od disease that we come in contact with on a daily basis.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
    • When referring to a healthy weight everyuone assumes that the only condition that we're refferring to is obesity, WRONG! A healthy weight is a healthy weight. A person can be under weight or over weight. Adjusting your diet and exercise routines to maintain a HEALTHY weight will definitely assist the efficasy of your immune system.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
    • There are some reports that claim that a glass of wine every day has some health benefits. While that may be true drinking copious amounts of alcahol on a consistant basis is hard on your nervous system, your liver, your digestive tract and in many cases your cognative capabilities. Drinking occasionally may not have much of an effect but drinking daily increases the chances that your immune system won't be performing at its peak when you need it most.
  • Get adequate sleep.
    • While you are asleep your body gets a well needed break from all of the stresses, both physical and psychological, and strains of the hours spent awake. It is a time for refreshing, resetting and rejuvenating. The strength of your immune system depends on the rest of the body being well rested to be able to work properly. Getting enough sleep is absolutely key to a healthy immune system.
  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
    • Mother alwys taught us to wash our hands. It has been scientifically proven that something as simple as washing your hands can eliminte a good percentage of the viral and bacterial threats your immune system might have to defend against.
  • Try to minimize stress.
    • If you think back on your life a cold or a flu always seems to come when everything else seems to be blowing up and stress is at its peak.

Health Information

Are You Prepared for the Cold Weather Season?

We all associate the coming of cold weather with certain aliments. Namely the Common cold and the flu. Some people make an annual trek to their local health clinic for a vaccination just to hedge the bet a little against getting the flu. The way that the flu vaccine works is to inject a weakened version of the flu into your bloodstream. This causes antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. In other words the flu vaccine is actually the flu being placed in your body. Then your immune system develops the antibodies needed to defend you from that particular flu. The key on a personal level is to have a strong immune system!

Colds are another disease that comes with the onset of cold weather. Colds are much harder to fight since they are a viral disease not a bacterial disease. Colds are very communicable. They are passed from person to person by touch and through the air. If someone coughs or sneezes near you, there is a chance that you have been infected with that virus. When someone with a cold wipes their nose or sneezes into their hands shakes your hand or touches something just before you do, may cause you to be infected with that virus. The best defense against the cold is the same as the best defense against the flu... HAVE A STRONG HEALTH IMMUNE SYSTEM!

Have you ever noticed that there are people who breeze through the cold and flu season without doing anything special and yet never seem to get sick? Have you noticed that there are people that take every precaution and no matter how careful they are they catch everything? The difference between either of these two scenarios is the strength of the immune system. The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. There is still much that researchers don't know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. That doesn't mean that there aren't some core principals to follow that help maintain your immune system. Follow these instructions to give yourself the best chance to have a healthy immune system.

  • Get plenty of sleep. The first and most important rule. A tired body is a sure way to become susceptable to disease.
  • Don't smoke!!! That means anything. The toxins that come from smoke and enter the bloodstream through the lungs have to be eliminated. The immune system can be taxed during this process.
  • Eat a healthy diet. All of the nutrition consumed in a healthy diet contributed to the health and strength of your immune system.
  • Exercise regularly. This keeps all of the "juices" flowing. Increased heart rate and blood flow isn't just for your cardio-vascular health. It also aids in making sure that all of your systems are being fed and oxygenated.
  • Be vigilant at being clean and sanitary. Wash you hands consistantly. Makje sure that you are using best practices when handling and cooking the food you eat.
  • When you feel that you are getting extra exposure find supplements that boost your immune system or at least fortify the vitamins, minerals and amino's that are connected to a healthy immune system.

Ingredients

  • Grandma's Herbs Nature's Biotic
    • Garlic (herb), Goldenseal (root), Echinacea Angustifolia (root), Myrrh (gum), Plantain (leaves), Propolis (herb)
  • Grandma's Herbs Immune Enhancer
    • Echinacea Angustifolia (root), Astragalus (root), Siberian Ginseng (root), Pau D' Arco (bark), Suma (root), Goldenseal (root), Kelp (herb), Bladder Pod (herb), Plantain (leaf), Reishi (herb), Cayenne Pepper (40,000 HU)
  • Grandma's Herbs Respiratory Relief
    • Mullein (leaf), Bayberry (bark), Horehound (leaf), Bladder Pod (herb), Heal All (herb), Elecampane (root), Yerba Santa (herb), Plantain (herb), Nettle (leaf), Coltsfoot (flower), Cayenne (fruit 40 HU), Lungwort (herb)

Instructions

  • Grandma's Herbs Nature's Biotic
    • 4 Capsules 4 or 5 times a day for 5 to 6 days as needed. You can take with Immune Enhancer and Respiratory Relief for a synergistic effect.
  • Grandma's Herbs Immune Enhancer
    • Take 1 to 2 Capsules once or twice a day. Works well in conjunction with NATURE''S BIOTIC and RESPIRATORY RELIEF.
  • Grandma's Herbs Respiratory Relief
    • 2 Capsules 3 times a day 1/2 hour before meals when possible. May use more as needed.

What's included

  • 1 Bottle of Nature's Biotic* - Herbal Remedy. - 100 Capsules - 451 mg.
  • 1 Bottle of Immune Enhancer* - An Herbal Remedy for a Healthy Immune System - 100 Capsules - 454 mg.
  • 1 Bottle of Respiratory Relief* - Herbal Remedy for Minor Respiratory Congestion Issues - 100 Capsules - 448 mg.

Features

  • Grandma's Herbs Nature's Biotic:
    • Valuable Herbal Formula during the Spring and Fall.
    • This formula also features Garlic, Golden Seal and Echinacea.
    • Formula for promoting a healthy immune system function.
  • Grandma's Herbs Immune Enhancer:
    • Guards and strengthens a healthy immune system.
    • Formulated with a combination of herbs that promote healthy immune system function.
    • Best if used in the months of September, October, March and April.
    • This product contains Eccinacea, Golden Seal and Astragalus. Historically these herbs were used to keep people healthy!
  • Grandma's Herbs Respiratory Relief:
    • This all natural formula is designed to promote healthy respiatory function.
    • Mullein has been cultivated in Scotland and also in England for centuries, Traditionally it is used as an herb that naturally adresses respiratory issues.
    • Elcampane is traditionally used to expel mucus. It is in the expectorant herbal category.
    • This has been a great formula for use in the cold months of winter!
    • Contains herbs in the expectorant astringent and stimulant herbal categories.

Reviews

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Really Works

A friend told me about this package. She said that she uses it every year. Our family tried it this year and we won't ever go without it.
We missed the whole get a cold from the kids at school thing this year. We took them as a family and for the first time EVER we didn't get sick.
Thanks Grandma don't ever stop making these products.
Reviewed by famgould
10/16/2018 - 05:58:56 PM

Best Ever

Every year my whole family deals with coughs and scratchy throats. I think that it's because my kids bring it home from their schools. This is the first year that we made it through the fall break without being sick. The only thing that we did different is to use this package of awesome products.
Reviewed by jdstmic
10/12/2018 - 06:06:54 PM