New member
Aug 21, 2010

Since I'm taking mms I can't use the "garlic-horseraddish-Vit C" tabs and since they don't sell it anymore without VitC.

I used to use them twice a day to control the phlegm in my lungs, you know that horrible loud clacky cough of coughing up phlegm.

What else can I use to stop this otherwise I'm going to the chemist and buying the cough medicine that helps to loosen up and phlegm.



...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
Des, here are some suggestions for herbs that help with phlegm. As with any herbs or supplements, be sure to research any side-effects, etc.

Herbs To Tonify The Lungs

Below are some of the most popular and common herbal remedies for
aliments of the lungs:

Coltsfoot Root, (Tussilago farfara) The mucilaginous property of the
root makes it useful with lung problems, coughs, and intestinal
upset. Coltsfoot is available in tincture, syrup, capsules and tea.
The active ingredients are extracted from the dried leaves, root and

Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo Biloba) has been a staple with practitioners of
traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat asthma,
allergies, and coughs. Studies have shown that ginkgo can inhibit
allergic response and scientists have isolated an active ingredient
in ginkgo that has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Horehound, (Marrubium vulgare) can be considered whenever heavy, dry,
mucus must be discharged from lungs and respiratory passages.
Horehound is the botanical herb of choice due to its long history as
a safe, reliable, and effective herbal cough remedy.

Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) contains elements helpful for
the adrenals and glands, inducing the adrenal cortex to produce more
cortisone and aldosterone. It is thought to exhibit a mucosal
protectant effect by beneficially interfering with gastric prostanoid
synthesis and increasing both mucous production and regional blood
flow. Very helpful in treating flu, colds, and lung congestion. It is
also found in popular cough remedies. Due to the adverse reaction of
licorice, many studies have been performed using the
deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) extract, which is free of
glycyrrhizin and has had no significant reported adverse effects.

Lobelia, (Lobelia inflata) is used smoking cessation and to treat
asthma and depression. The piperidine alkaloids (lobeline) are
believed to be responsible for the mechanism of action. In vitro
studies show that lobeline crosses the blood-brain barrier and has
similar activity to nicotine, and stimulates the release of dopamine
and norepinephrine. At low doses, lobelia has stimulant effects.
There are several contraindications with this herb. Lobelia is known
to cross into breast milk and should not be consumed by pregnant or
nursing mothers. Adverse reactions included nausea, vomiting,
sweating, cough, dizziness, bradycardia, hypertension, seizures,
respiratory stimulation (low doses) or depression (high doses).
Toxicity includes sinus arrhythmia, bundle branch block, diaphoresis,
cardiovascular collapse, seizures, coma. Herb-Drug Interactions
include nicotine. Lobelia may have additive effects when combined
with nicotine-containing products, resulting in toxicity.

Mullein, (Verbascum thapsus)is an antispasmodic, which is rich in
mucilage, a substance that soothes the throat. It is a good
expectorant and, in the process of clearing out congestion. It also
soothes irritation in the throat and bronchial passages. As an
antispasmodic, mullein can relieve stomach cramps and help control
diarrhea. Mullein is an age old remedy, which is specific for
bronchitis with hard cough and soreness. It is also a herb for cold
and congestion. The leaves and flowers are used to reduce mucous and
stimulate coughing up of phlegm.

Nettle (Urtica dioica)had been known to reduce allergic reactions.
Rich in iron, potassium and silicon, nettles combined with comfrey,
mullein, or horehound can be used for asthma.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac


New member
Aug 21, 2010
Original Poster
I always get during winter the cold really gets to me.

I normally get 2 throat infection per winter and always take anti-biotics to fix it. This year I have not taken any anti-botics because I have been taking Garlic & Horse raddish with Vit C.

But since I have run out about 4 weeks ago and now taking mms i can't take it because they contain vit c.

I'm not one for ordering online and I am not one that will buy stuff that I have to make up. I just want the off the shelf chemist major brand vitamins


New member
Aug 21, 2010
Original Poster
thank you kind2creatures, though I don't do fancy names, it's all kinda bla bla bla

is it in the blackmore range or another major brand like that, and I can buy it in the local chemist?

again thanks for the info


Standing at the Portal
Oct 16, 2007
I suggest that you try a product like this:

the above will boost your immune and hopefully keep you from getting sick. I have seen similar products work very well for people who get repeated illness in the winter. Similar in idea to Transfer Factor, but that is sooo expensive.

You could add:

This Allimax will give you the anti-infection properties of garlic.

You may find good stuff like this at a good health food store like whole foods or wild oats and ask a knowlegable sales person to help you find similar things.. but you will pay twice the price for brick and mortar.

For myself, I buy fresh garlic and pickle it. It is very easy to do and costs next to nothing. I take one or two cloves a day. I have two processes, in one the garlic is very hot and has the allicin benefits, in the other the garlic is lighty steamed, tastes mild and you get the sulfa compound benefits. They both have to be kept in the fridge. The longer the age the more powerful they become


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
Horehound, Mullein and Pleurisy Root

thank you kind2creatures, though I don't do fancy names, it's all kinda bla bla bla

is it in the blackmore range or another major brand like that, and I can buy it in the local chemist?
You're welcome! I don't know what's available in your local area stores or pharmacies, I take it that you're in Australia because you mention Blackmores.

Herbs are available at many companies online, and here in the USA, in many local vitamin/drug stores.

Horehound and Mullein should be easy for you to buy. Pleurisy Root is another herb that helps clear the lungs of phlegm. The ideal way to buy it is the liquid tincture.