Without healthy lungs your quality of life would be nothing, because your respiratory system is constantly working. This is a hard task considering the pollutants, mold, irritants, harmful organisms, dust, fungus and other toxins that you are coming in contact with every day. Fortunately, nature has the solution! Herbs are very beneficial for your respiratory system. They act as an expectorant helping to expel and break up mucus. They are soothing for the nasal passageways. They help to relax the muscles near the upper respiratory system. And, they are a great source of antioxidants that help to reduce oxidative redness and damage.
- Osha Root
This root is native to the rocky mountain area and has been used by the Native Americans for many years for respiratory support. The root contains camphor that makes it one of the very best products for lung support in the United States of America.
Thyme is very powerful in the fight against chest congestion. It produces powerful antiseptic essential oils that are classified as naturally anti – fungal and antibiotic. Thyme tea has the power to eliminate and chase away viruses and bacteria so whether your infection is based on either; it will work. Thyme has been used as a lung remedy consumed since antiquity and is used extensively today to treat and prevent bacterial infection pneumonia and respiratory tract infections.
- Licorice Root
One of the more widely consumed herbs in the world is Licorice. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it occurs in more formulas than any other single herb because it is thought to harmonize the action of all other herbs.
Sage’s textured leaves give off a heady aroma, which comes from sage’s essential oils. These oils are the source of the many benefits of sage tea for common respiratory and lung ailments. Sage tea is a traditional treatment for coughs and sore throats. The rich aromatic properties arising from sage’s volatile oils of camphor, thujone, salvene and terpene can be put to use by inhaling sage tea’s vapors to dispel sinusitis and lung disorders. Alternatively, brew a strong pot of sage tea and place it into a vaporizer or a bowl. 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.
Lungwort is a tree – growing lichen that resembles lung tissue in appearance. Lungwort has been used since the early 1600’s to clear congestion and promote respiratory and lung health.
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 natural histamine reducers and decongestants that have positive, direct benefits on the nasal passage airflow and respiratory tract. Oil of oregano fights off the dangerous bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, better than the most common antibiotic treatments.
Peppermint oil and Peppermint contain menthol, a soothing ingredient known to promote free breathing and relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract. Dried peppermint typically contains menthone, menthol, menthyl acetate, cineol and menthofuran. Peppermint oil also contains small amounts of many additional compounds including caryophyllene, limonene, pulegone and pinene. Menthol is a fantastic decongestant when paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint.
Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in cough syrups and lozenges, and its effectiveness is due to a compound called cineole. Cineole has numerous benefits – fights congestion, soothes irritated sinus passages, it’s an expectorant and can ease a cough. Even more, it supports the immune system during a cold or other illness, because eucalyptus contains antioxidants.