Living in a world where we come in contact with pollutants, mold, irritants, harmful organisms, dust, fungus and other toxins on a daily basis, it is a hard task to maintain the health of our lungs. Since our respiratory system constantly works, a life without healthy lungs has too poor quality. Fortunately, nature has the solution, again!
Herbs provide numerous benefits for your respiratory system. They are soothing for the nasal passageways, act as an expectorant helping to expel and break up mucus, 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.
Peppermint and Peppermint oil contain menthol, a soothing ingredient known to promote free breathing and relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract. Menthol is a fantastic decongestant when paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint.
Dried peppermint typically contains menthone, menthyl acetate menthol, cineol and menthofuran. Peppermint oil also contains small amounts of many additional compounds including pulegone, caryophyllene, limonene, and pinene.
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.
The effectiveness of the eucalyptus 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, since eucalyptus contains antioxidants. Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in cough syrups and lozenges.
Licorice is one of the more widely consumed herbs in the world. It occurs in more formulas than any other single herb in the 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. At the same time, it cleanses any inflamed mucous membrane that needs immune system support.
Thyme has been used as a lung remedy since antiquity and is still used extensively today to treat and prevent bacterial infection, pneumonia and respiratory tract infections.
It is very powerful in the fight against chest congestion, because 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 no matter what the basis of the infection is, thyme is the cure.
Sage tea is a traditional treatment for coughs and sore throats. Its 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.
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.
Lungwort has been used since the early 17th century to maintain respiratory and lung health and to clear congestion. It is a tree – growing lichen that is similar to the lung tissue in appearance.
The primary benefits of oregano are due to its rosmarinic and carvacrol acid content, even though it contains the nutrients and vitamins required by the immune system.
Both compounds are natural histamine reducers and decongestants that have positive, direct benefits on the nasal passage airflow and respiratory tract. The oregano oil is more beneficial in the struggle against the dangerous bacteria Staphylococcus aureus than the most common antibiotic treatments.