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Breathe Easy! Herbal Support for Cold & Flu

Cold and flu season arrives along with cooler, drier air – a pairing that makes us all more vulnerable to lung and bronchial issues. Deep rattling chest congestion, dry hacking coughs, and heaviness in the chest are all sure signs of respiratory irritation or infection – that can range from mildly irritating to keeping you awake at night!

We can take steps to protect ourselves from respiratory issues settling in, but when they do – responding with targeted plant medicines can make a significant difference in soothing symptoms and recovering faster!

Many herbs offer profound benefits in treating and healing lung and respiratory tract tissue – and often complement the actions of one another. We created 2 synergistic, holistic lung-supportive formulas to help fight infection, ease nagging coughs, and clear mucus congestion so you can breathe easy!

Respirafect®  is formulated specifically to alleviate lung and bronchial infections, offering relief to those suffering with cold and flu symptoms such as excess mucus that can harbour infection, and deep, uncomfortable “wet” coughs that accompany lung and bronchial conditions

This formula features effective herbal antibacterial and antiviral properties in a tincture specifically geared to deeper bronchial infections. It works to soothe and heal irritated tissue, reduce respiratory inflammation, and acts as an expectorant – helping the lungs expel sticky, glutinous mucus. 

Respirafect®  contains our proprietary blend of two species of echinacea: Echinacea angustifolia root and Echinacea purpurea –  a synergistic combination with immune-enhancing properties that help get to the root of the issue. Plus, lung-supportive herbs in the formula including usnea, mullein and elecampane work to clear mucus, reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Breathe Easy! Herbal Support for cold & flu with Respiracleanse and Respirafect

RespiraCleanse®  contains natural “anti-tussive” (cough suppressive) herbs – providing relief from every type of cough, both chronic and acute, especially dry, persistent, irritating coughs and upper respiratory complaints. In cold and flu season, it does double duty, providing cough relief and helping to clear the respiratory airways!

The formula centers on mullein, a herb with antiseptic properties long valued as a cough remedy due to its soothing compounds and is complemented by horehound and plantain – both tradition cough-suppressants that help soothe tissue in the respiratory tract.

When to use Respirafect® or RespiraCleanse®


Use Respirafect® for fighting respiratory infection – Where infections are simply associated with loose, easily expectorated mucus, Respirafect® can be used on its own.

Use RespiraCleanse® — for easing chronic and acute coughs – This formula be used as a liquid “cough drop formula” to soothe the throat and dry, persistent coughs from cold or flu and upper respiratory tract irritation.

Use together — for infections accompanied by more harsh, dry and irritating coughs or with difficult to expectorate mucus, where RespiraCleanse®’s soothing action complements Respirafect®’s infection fighting properties.

When taking both products – we recommend taking these two products alternately – on the hour at the outset of a bout of respiratory illness (or less frequently if appropriate).

Respirafect® AND RespiraCleanse® are both non-GMO, organic & wildcrafted, gluten-free, and soy-free.

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CategoriesCold + Flu Immunity

Part 2 of Our Complete Immune Strategy

React – and Fight Back Against Infection

You’ve eaten well, always get a good’s night sleep, taken immune-supporting supplements and are careful to wash your hands several times a day – but now you feel that familiar tickle at the back of your throat. There’s no doubt about it, a cold is coming on – so now what?

Even those of us who take every precaution to stay healthy can still catch the latest cold or flu floating around, and it’s important to have the herbal support your body needs to fight back when infection sets in. That’s why Part 2 of our Complete Immune Strategy is all about taking an effective reactive approach.

Using herbs to stimulate the body to fight off infection is about strengthening the reactive or “selective” immune system. This type of immunity develops throughout our lives, generating antibodies when sickness strikes, so it can effectively activate the next time.

“Strengthening this system helps limit the impact of cold and flu related illnesses, shortening their duration and impact” says Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, Naturopathic Doctor, and registered Herbalist. “There are specific herbs that are used if you’re feeling general symptoms, specific symptoms, or to relieve discomfort.”

While these herbs can equip your body to react with extra defences, it’s key to act quickly! It’s vital that as soon as you feel signs of sickness… you take action to nip it in the bud! Having the right herbal formulas on hand to treat and relieve symptoms means you’re prepared to fight back against infection.


1. For General Symptoms

Immune stimulating formulas are important to take at the first sign of illness like a tender throat, fever, or general malaise.

EchinaSeal® – a top selling cold & flu formula made with our proprietary echinacea blend (EchinAce®) PLUS goldenseal –  a potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herb – as well as wild indigo, propolis and cayenne. Together, these therapeutic ingredients make up the ultimate herbal infection-fighter to boost the immune system’s antibodies production for combating upper respiratory tract and throat infections.

For children, teens and pregnant or breastfeeding women:

EchinAce®a proprietary of Echinacea angustifolia root and Echinacea purpurea root and tops – two species that work together in synergy to help shorten the intensity and duration of a cold or flu.

St Francis Herb Farm EchinAce and Echinaseal

2. For Specific Symptoms

Once you experience specific symptoms* like cough, sore throat, chest congestion, and sinus pressure specific herbs can help to treat and get relief.**

Treat with herbs that get to the root cause or site of infection. These formulas contain echinacea, to stimulate the immune response to the specific area of infection, along with herbs that target the source instead of simply suppressing symptoms. These can safely be taken alongside herbs for relieving symptoms (below).

Relieve symptoms with herbal formulas that provide more immediate relief from discomfort you may be feeling.

Sinus - Related


  • Sinafect® With antihistamine, antibacterial, antiviral properties for treating the common cold, as well as acute and chronic sinusitis.




  • Respirafect® combats respiratory infection, offering soothing action that reduces inflammation and wet coughs – helping the lungs expel sticky, glutinous mucus.
  • RespiraCleanse® eases dry persistent cough and upper respiratory complaints.


  • Chest Rub BalmA topical formula anchored on essential oils that offers effective topical relief of colds and cough. Penetrates the surface of the skin and soothes respiratory passages with deep healing power.
  • Stop it Cold® Throat Spray – immediate relief from dry, sore throats associated with colds, flu, or infections like tonsillitis. Diminishes the intensity and duration of colds, flu, and throat infections with antibacterial sage and analgesic propolis.
  • Elderberry Cough Syrup – or Great-tasting relief from symptoms of colds and flu, including runny nose and nasal congestion, sore throat, headache and fever, pains, chills, and sneezing.
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Acute Cold and Flu


  • Virafect®– A formulation based on Andrographis – and herb valued as one of the foremost immune-stimulants and infection fighters – that is also a strong bitter, that works in the digestive system to fight off microbes.
  • An effective antiviral and antibacterial immune enhancer that shortens duration of colds and flu (without specific chest and/or sinus issues)

Cold and flus may strike, but you can get well sooner when you’re prepared with these targeted plant medicine formulas. You can learn more about the herbal remedies you need in our Ultimate Immunity Herbal Medicine Cabinet Guide

* If you suspect any of your symptoms are COVID-19 related, contact your doctor and/or refer to the online COVID-19 assessment tools.

**Important: The herbs recommended at this stage are based on their ability to kick our selective immune system into high gear which means it’s ideal to use them for short spurts, as needed. They are generally not recommended for daily, pro-active measures as the level of stimulation they provide could be stressful to our bodies if used ongoing. Check with your healthcare provider with knowledge of botanical medicine if these herbs are right for you.

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