In case I needed a little more confirmation of the success of the Alder/Beebalm tincture combo in treating infection, I just got it. I recently gave a bottle to a client with a mild sinus infection and she was quite happy when it cleared up in a few days. She then passed it on to a friend with a tooth infection, which it also cleared up in a few days. She in turn, passed it off to her teenage daughter, who had a persistent sinus infection, and again, all was better in a few days. I’ve also seen it recently clear up some incredibly persistent infections of all sorts, from UTIs to cellulitis to infected wounds to a bad gut infection. I know I’ve gone on (and on) about this before, but it’s rather rare that any works so consistently for infections like this. I don’t know that it will work on everything, I just know that it’s worked on every single infection I’ve tried it on so far. I’ve had far more bacterial infection cases than fungal infections though, and I’m interested to see how it will work there.
I’m mostly using a 50/50 mix of fresh Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa var. menthaefolia) flower with freshly dried Alder (Alnus oblongifolia) twigs, catkins and cones. If there’s a case where constitutional coldness is a big factor, I add in some Yerba Mansa or Garlic. If there’s excessive heat, then maybe Honeysuckle flowers. If the lymph is super congested then I’ll try some Redroot or perhaps a tiny bit of Poke, though Alder is enough of a lymphatic to do an impressive job on its own in many cases. Anyhow, you get the idea – take the basic formula and adjust as needed. And sometimes I just use the Alder or Beebalm by itself depending on the situation (yeast infections and acute UTIs for example, will often respond to Beebalm alone). I am not in any way advocating the approach of “this herb for that disease” in general, but I am suggesting that my experience indicates that these two herbs provide an excellent starting point for both chronic and acute infections.
These two herbs also form 2/3 of the basis of one of my most dependable salve recipes, a simple combo of Beebalm leaves, Alder leaves and Mugwort leaves warm infused into the organic leaf lard. Good stuff, takes and redness and ouch out of most cuts and abrasions. Beebalm tincture or tea is also a GREAT burn treatment (better than Lavender in most cases, really, it is). Alder leaves are a potent treatment for many bites and stings of many venomous insects. Magic plants, these two. I don’t leave home without them.
Ok, I’ve gotten a bit behind on some of my series, but I promise a new Terms of the Trade post very soon!