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Like many of you, I'm sure, I have succumbed to the recent lurgy. 10 days of coughing, building to a crescendo of a fever. I was flying back from Spain to be in UK for the New Year and flying was the last thing I wanted to do. I arrived back with deafness in one ear, coughing, and feeling like a sad sack!

Coughing isn't so bad if the expectoration is loose but when it's that tough kind that sticks to the bronchi walls and results in a repeated non productive hacking cough, that can be very frustrating not to mention exhausting.

As a good homeopath I tried a number of remedies: Silica, Drosera, Bacillinum, Pulsatilla. I was also taking a branded natural cough syrup I bought in Spain called GrinTuss. That seemed to be the most helpful thing, and the main ingredient was GRINDELIA. That resonated.

  1. Botanical Overview: Grindelia is part of the Asteraceae family, which includes daisies and sunflowers. It's known for its distinctive yellow flowers and resinous buds.

  2. Species Diversity: There are about 50 species of Grindelia, primarily found in North and South America. Each species has its unique adaptations and characteristics.

  3. Historical Uses: Historically, Native American tribes used Grindelia for medicinal purposes. They utilized it to treat a range of ailments from bronchial issues to skin irritations.

  4. Modern Medicinal Uses: Today, Grindelia is used in herbal medicine for its expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties. It's often used in remedies for respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis.

  5. Cultivation and Habitat: Grindelia thrives in poor, sandy soils and is often found in disturbed areas. Its resilience makes it an interesting study for botanists and gardeners alike.

  6. Resin Production: One of the notable features of Grindelia is the sticky resin produced by its flowers and leaves. This resin is integral to its medicinal properties.Grindelia is often used for congested lungs in the elderly, where the expectoration is viscid and difficult to expel.

But in homeopathy it is also known as a sleep apnoea remedy and was successfully used in the Covid pandemic. Being a member of the Asteraceae family its dispositional themes include great independence and a need to 'prove oneself' to one's family (see:

I took a dose of 30c and shortly I was feeling more human, the fever went pretty quickly. The coughing became less and easier. A day later I'm in the home strait. I was able to go shopping for food and can hold a decent conversation. Still a bit tired in that post- flu way.But I'm getting there, thanks to a little herb called GRINDELIA.

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