Annotated Medical Bibliography
By Dr. Alan Inglis, MD

Here we have an artfully assembled combination of herbs designed to support the body when it’s under siege from the common cold or flu. All of these are time honored botanicals with healing properties that have been used by centuries by various cultures. As we see here, there is an abundance of research from around the world to support their use for these purposes. The following is just a select sampling of some of those I found most interesting. 

-- Dr. Alan Inglis


Univ of MD Medical Center; Medical Reference Guide; Astragalus

Smart Medicine for Healthier Living: Practical A-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Adults by Janet Zand, LAc, OMD, Allan N. Spreed, MD, CNC, James B. LaValle, RPh, ND

The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs by Robert S. McCaleb, Evelyn Leigh, and Krista Morien

The Green Pharmacy Anti-Aging Prescriptions: Herbs, Foods, and Natural Formulas to Keep You Young by James A. Duke, Ph.D.

Melaina Juntti The Cold Remedy That Actually Works

Pizzorno and Murray, Immune Support, Textbook of Natural Medicine, Third Edition, Churchill and Livingston 2006 Vol I Page 652



German Commission E, Herbal Monographs Elder flower, Sambuci flos, Holunderblten Published March 13, 1986 “Colds.”

Univ of MD Medical Center; Medical Reference Guide, Elderberry

Sierra Lupe, Sue and Hunter Candace, Elderberry, THE PRACTICAL HERBALIST ,
October 17, 2008



Christopher, John R Dr. Christopher’s, “The School of Natural Healing”, Nutri books, January 1996

German Commission E, Herbal Monograph, Ginger root, Zingiberis rhizoma, Ingwerwurzelstock
Published May 5, 1988; Revised March 13, 1990, and September 9, 1990

Univ of MD Medical Center; Medical Reference Guide; Ginger

Weil, Andrew; Vitamins-Supplements-Herbs; Ginger

Jo Young, Cathy The Benefits Of The Use Of Ginger In Herbal Preparations



Univ of MD Medical Center; Medical Reference Guide; Lemon Balm

German Commission E; Herbal Monograph; Lemon Balm/Melissae folium/Melissenbltter
Published December 5, 1984; Revised March 13, 1990

Weil, Andrew; Vitamin Advisor; Lemon Balm

Lindsay Wolsey LEMON BALM March 2005 - Herbal Legacy Newsletter



Bisignano et al In vitro antibacterial activity of some aliphatic aldehydes from Olea europaea L. FEMS Volume 198, Issue 1, April 2001 Pages 9–13

Dach, Jeffrey MD The Amazing Olive Leaf, History of the Olive Tree and Leaf

Duek L et al n vitro antimicrobial activity of olive leaves. Source Department of Microbiology, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Mycoses. 2003 Apr;46(3-4):132-6.

Hansen, Michael N.D. Verity, Andrew N.D.
Olive Leaf Extract Potent Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal Agent, Australia 2002

Karakaya S. Olive tree (Olea europaea) leaves: potential beneficial effects on human health. Nutr Rev. 2009 Nov;67(11):632-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009

Lee OH1, Lee BY. Bioresour Technol. 2010 May;101(10):3751-4. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2009.12.052. Epub 2010 Jan 27. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of individual and combined phenolics in Olea europaea leaf extract.

Pereira, Ana Paula Ferreira, Isabel C.F.R. Marcelino, F. Valentão, P. Andrade, P.B. Seabra, R.M. Estevinho, Leticia M. Bento, Albino Pereira, J.A. Phenolic compounds and antimicrobial activity of olive (Olea europaea L. Cv. Cobrancosa) leaves. Issue Date: 2007 Publisher: MDPI International Citation: Molecules. ISSN 1420-3049. 12 (2007) p. 1153-1162. 2009

Sudjana AN, D’Orazio C, Ryan V, Rasool N, Ng J, Islam N, Riley TV, Hammer KA. Int J
Discipline of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia. Antimicrobial activity of commercial Olea europaea (olive) leaf extract. Antimicrob Agents. 2009 May;33(5):461-3.

Walker, Morton Olive Leaf Extract as a Main Therapy in the Antimicrobial Supermarket
Townsend Letter May 2001



Rosemary leaf, Rosmarini folium, Rosmarinbltter
Published November 30, 1985; Revised November 28, 1986, and March 13, 1990
Dyspeptic complaints.  

Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckmann J. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000:326-329.

University of Maryland Medical Center. Rosemary.



Axe, Joshua Dr. Axe Food Is Medicine, Thyme Oil Kills Infections... https://draxe.com/thyme-oil/

German Commission E, Herbal Monograph, Thyme, Thymi herba, Thymiankraut
Published December 5, 1984; Revised March 13, 1990, and December 2, 1992
“Symptoms of bronchitis and whooping cough. Catarrhs of the upper respiratory tracts. Bronchoantispasmodic, Expectorant, Antibacterial”

Hilham, Chris ; Prevention Jan 31, 2014