Did you know that there is a wave of bacterial and viral infections that is rushing and sweeping through the Northern Hemisphere, causing people to be sick for a longer time by slowing down the healing process from the array of symptoms within the respiratory system?
If you are trying to get rid of these infections with conventional medicine by taking antibiotics, you are not only piling up the problems associated with antibiotic resistance, but you’re also not helping the healing mechanisms within your body to address the cause.
These herbal remedies not only heal infections and even repair lung damage, but they can boost lung health. Here are 10 of the best herbs to boost lung health.
Peppermint oil and peppermint, contains menthol, a soothing ingredient known to promote free breathing and relaxes the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract.
Dried peppermint typically contains menthyl acetate, cineol, menthol, menthoneand menthofuran. Peppermint oil also contains small amounts of many additional compounds including caryophyllene, limonene, pulegoneand pinene.
Menthol is a fantastic decongestant when combined with the antihistamine effect of peppermint.
Lungwort is a tree-growing lichen that actually resembles lung tissue in appearance. However, this natural remedy doesn’t just look the part. All the way since 1600s, lungwort has been used to clear congestion and promote respiratory and lung health.
Eucalyptus isn’t just for Koala bears,even though it is native to Australia! Americans,Aborigines and Germans have all used the refreshing aroma of eucalyptus to soothe throat irritation and promote respiratory health.
Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in syrups and cough lozenges and it is effective because of its compound called cineole. Cineole has numerous benefits — fights congestion,it’s an expectorant, soothes irritated sinus passagesand it can ease a cough. Even more, eucalyptus supports the immune system during a cold or other illness, because it contains antioxidants.
One of the more widely consumed herbs in the world is licorice. It occurs in more formulas than any other single herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, because it is thought to harmonize the action of all other herbs.
Licorice is very soothing and softens the mucous membranes of the throat and especially the stomach and lungs and at the same time cleanses any inflamed mucous membrane that needs immune system support.
Native Americans have been traditionally using Coltsfoot for thousands of years to strengthen the lungs. It clears out excess mucus from the bronchial tubes and lungs. It has been shown in recent researches to assist with bronchitis,coughs,soothes the mucus membranes in the lungs, asthmaand helps with other lung ailments. Coltsfoot is available as an alcohol extract known as a tincture or in dried form for tea.
In the fight against chest congestion thyme is especially very powerful. It produces powerful antiseptic essential oils which are classified as anti-fungal and naturally antibiotic. Thyme tea has the power to chase away and eliminate viruses and bacteria so it doesn’t matter on what is your infection based on, it will do its job. Thyme has been used as a lung remedy consumed since antiquity and is used extensively to day to treat and prevent bacterial infection pneumonia and respiratory tract infections.
Although oregano contains the nutrients and vitamins required by the immune system, its primary benefits are owed to its rosmarinic and carvacrol acid content. Both compounds are histamine reducers and natural decongestants that have direct, positive benefits on the nasal passage airflow and respiratory tract. Better than the most common antibiotic treatments, the oil of oregano fights off the dangerous bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.
Plantain leaf has been used for hundreds of years to soothe irritated mucous membranes and ease cough. Many of its active constituents show antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, as well as being antitoxic and anti-inflammatory.
Clinical trials have found it favorable against lung irritation, cold and cough. Plantain leaf can even help relieve a dry cough by spawning mucus production in the lungs.
Sage’s textured leaves give off a heady aroma, which is created from sage’s essential oils. These oils are the main source of the many benefits of sage tea for common respiratory ailments and lung problems. Sage tea is a traditional treatment for coughs and sore throats. The rich aromatic properties arising from sage’s volatile oils of thujone, terpene and salvene,camphorcan be put to use by inhaling sage tea’s vapors to dispel sinusitis and lung disorders. Alternatively, make a strong pot of sage tea and place it into a bowl or a vaporizer, and with a towel cover your head over it and inhale the steam.
Chaparral is just another herb that the Native Americans used for respiratory support, which contains powerful irritation relieving antioxidants. It also contains NDGA which inhibits the energy-producing ability in cancer cells and acts as an antihistamine. The best benefits can be felt if consumed as a tincture, while the tea works as an expectorant.