At St. Francis Herb Farm we are passionate about using effective and natural ingredients to create amazing products. We're proud of our Stop It Cold® Cough Syrup — we blended certified organic ingredients to bring two great tasting and effective cough syrups into your home.
In 2016, Health Canada reminded parents not to give cold and cough medications to children 6 years old or younger. The products “have not been shown to be effective” and further, have the potential for “serious harm." If they don’t work in young children, these OTC drug products probably don’t work in older children or adults either.
A 2007 clinical trial found that the popular active ingredient dextromethorphan (DM – a drug commonplace in cough medicines like Dimetapp, Benylin DM, Robitussin, Nyquil, etc.) was no more effective than placebo. In fact it was inferior to honey, which was found to be significantly effective for coughs! Stop It Cold® Cough Syrup contains honey in addition to the medicinal ingredients listed below.
Elderberry Juice Concentrate
Elderberry is antiviral and antibacterial, having mucous membrane soothing and immune-enhancing qualities. A clinical trial conducted in Norway in 2000 investigated the effectiveness of elderberry extract in 60 patients. The results of the trial found that influenza symptoms disappeared four days earlier (in two days vs. six in the placebo group) and the need for symptomatic medications like Tylenol or Advil was significantly less in those receiving Elderberry compared to the placebo.
Wild Cherry Bark
According to Native American ethnobotanist, Daniel Moerman, wild cherry bark was a favourite remedy of numerous native American tribes, with uses chronicled as follow: Coughs, colds, fevers - Cherokee Cholera and tuberculosis - Chippewa Diarrhea, coughs, and as a tonic for general debility - Delaware Fevers, headaches, bronchitis, lung inflammation, sore throats, blood purification - Iroquois.”
Eclectic physician and author John William Fyfe describes the properties of wild cherry bark as effective for respiratory membrane irritations due to the alleviation of cough and also the fact that it lowers fevers, while improving both strength and appetite.
Echinacea is antiviral, antibacterial, and immune enhancing. Its effectiveness as an antiviral measure for preventing and treating colds is well-known.
Marshmallow is considered to be one most effective herbs in reducing inflammation — that class of herb known to contain mucilage, a soothing component for mucous surfaces. In his famous Herbal of the 17th Century, Nicholas Culpeper comments that marshmallow “... doth marvelously help excoriation, the phythisic, pleurisy, and other diseases of the chest and lungs.”
Lobelia was discovered by Samuel Thomson, the progenitor of the Thomsonian movement in the US in the early 19th century. It is known to calm spasmodic coughs.
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Nature has given us medicine to soothe and heal. We are excited to bring soothing cough relief into your home through Stop It Cold® Cough Syrup.
Stop It Cold® Kids Cough Syrup
Probably the most popular and most widely known of herbal remedies, echinacea is a drought-tolerant perennial plant that can grow up to four feet in height. With immunological properties, it is native to the United States and a member of the daisy family. Its name comes from the Greek that means "hedgehog"--a reference to its spiky central disk. The medicinal compounds in the purpurea species known as alkamides are more bioavailable when in the presence of those from the angustifolia species. This is the rationale behind our EchinAce formula.
Now naturalized in North America, marshmallow is a perennial original to Europe and grows, as its name indicates, in damp, marshy places. With roots that are rich in soothing mucilage, it has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb.