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The Willow Journal

An herbalist's recommendations for staying strong during Covid 19

An herbalist's recommendations for staying strong during Covid 19

Deb Swanson of Dancing Willow Herbs shares her proven and popular remedies for staying strong and healthy during Covid 19 and stay at home restrictions.

Reishi: Reishi mushrooms are known to protect and promote healing against a bounty of pathogens. They are strengthening to the immune system, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, stress reducing and support the nervous system, lungs, kidneys and liver. They are the ultimate adaptogen in their ability to strengthen and restore function. They are thought to offer protection against:

  • inflammation
  • fatigue and Chronic fatigue
  • frequent infections (urinary tract, bronchitis, respiratory infections, etc.)
  • liver disease
  • food allergies and asthma
  • digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome
  • tumor growth and cancer
  • skin disorders
  • autoimmune disorders
  • diabetes
  • viruses, including the flu, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis
  • heart disease, hypertension, and high cholesterol
  • sleep disorders and insomnia
  • anxiety and depression

Reishi mushrooms offer restorative hormonal balance, and regulate activity of the immune system. Most people report  improvements in their energy levels, mental focus and mood while also experiencing a reduction in aches, pains, allergies, digestive issues and infections. We are excited to offer a new formula, Reishi Vitality, that includes reishi, codonopsis, licorice and astralagus for a complete and powerful herbal supplement.

Codonopsis: Like many plants, codonopsis is known by a variety of common names, Dang Shen, Poor Man’s Ginseng, and Bonnet Bellflower. The flowers are bell-shaped, and are green in color with purple veins.

This herb, a native of China, is used as a tonic that is supportive of the body and specifically, the blood. Codonopsis is an adaptogenic herb and helps the body adapt to and defend against the effects of environmental stress. Codonopsis promotes digestion, strengthens immunity, and relieves symptoms of stress, illness, and fatigue. It is also a balancing herb that nourishes and tones the body. According to Michael Tierra, "it increases vital energy and can be used as a substitute for Ginseng and is considered safer for both sexes and in all climates.”

Codonopsis has expectorant properties that can calm mucous membranes in the respiratory tract while also clearing excessive mucous. It is used for respiratory issues including shortness of breath and asthma.

Astragalus membranaceus:  Popular in Chinese Medicine, this sweet and supportive root helps to maintain a healthy immune system, aids digestion, strengthens depleted immune and respiratory functions, and helps the body be more resilient in adapting to environmental and emotional stressors. Astragalus is especially effective when immune function is stressed by environmental or internal factors.

Licorice: This sweet and anise tasting herb has a long and enduring list of health benefits. It is strengthening to the respiratory tract and controls respiratory problems and sore throat. Licorice eases congestion and coughing by helping to loosen and thin mucus in airways; this makes a cough more "productive," bringing up phlegm and other mucus bits. Licorice also helps to relax bronchial spasms. It soothes soreness in the throat and fights viruses that cause respiratory illnesses and an overproduction of mucus, such as irritating coughs, asthma and chest infection

Licorice supports the digestive system by reducing inflammation of the mucus membranes, supporting hormones and improving the function of the adrenal glands. Our Easy Air Formula contains licorice and a host of complimentary herbs for respiratory relief.

We have been using this time to create some new formulas that speak to this unique need for super strong immune systems and deep care for our respiratory system.

We are trying to maintain our supplies and are working VERY HARD making formulas, bottling and shipping in order to meet your needs. We are taking phone orders for local pick up as well as web orders to mail out. Currently we are keeping our regular hour and will keep you updated if that should change.

Start with recommended doses to boost and fortify your systems!

Please note these corrections to video:

  • Drink 3 quarts water per day
  • Zinc 25 mgs
  • Milligrams not micro-grams
  • Dosage for vitamin D is 2000 mg for children and 5,000 mg for adults

Know that during these unprecedented times, we are forever grateful for the power of healing plants as potent allies in keeping us strong, healthy, and grounded. Our thoughts are with you all and we are staying positive and healthy... so we can be of service during this trying time!

Sending Our Love,


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