15 Herbs That Will Help You Enhance Your Respiratory System

Every year, a huge number of people suffer bacterial and viral infections with symptoms that take a long time to heal.

However, the conventional treatments of antibiotics and other drugs could do more harm than good since they actually don’t activate the body’s own healing and recovery potential and can contribute to developing resistance to antibiotics.

So, although antibiotics are necessary in many situations, they are often improperly used or overused and they destroy bacteria but are of no use against viruses.

On the other hand, traditional folk remedies use herbs which are extremely effective when it comes to lung health, and we list the best herbs for healing infections, improving lung health and general wellbeing:

  • Eucalyptus

This diverse genus of flowering trees is native to Australia and is known for being the food of Koalas.  Eucalyptus contains cineole, a mucolytic agent that is a common ingredient in cough syrups and lozenges.  It calms irritated sinus passages, fights congestion and relieves coughs.  It is also rich in antioxidants that boost immunity.

  • Thyme

Thyme has long been used as a natural remedy to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia and infections of the respiratory tract.  It has potent antibiotic, antifungal and antiseptic properties so thyme tea is great for treating virus and bacteria-based infections.

  • Peppermint

The menthol that is contained in peppermint and peppermint oil relaxes the muscles of the respiratory tract and facilitates breathing.  Dried peppermint is high in menthol, cineol, menthyl acetate, methanofuran, and menthone and smaller amounts of limonene, pinene, pulegone, and caryophyllene.

In combination with the antioxidant and antihistamine properties of peppermint, menthol is a powerful decongestant which is why the inhalants and chest balms containing it can break up congestion and fight dangerous organisms effectively.

  • Licorice Root

In traditional Chinese medicine, this herb is used to harmonize the synergy of all other herbs.  It treats throat irritation, softens the mucous membranes of the stomach, lungs and throat, cleans inflamed mucous membranes and acts as an expectorant.

Licorice root contains saponins, which slacken phlegm in the respiratory tract and thus help eliminate the mucus, as well as other compounds that ease bronchial spasms and prevent free radicals that stretch airways and aggravate inflammation.

In addition to its potent antiviral and antibacterial properties, the flavonoids and glycyrrhizin prevent formation of cancer cells.

  • Oregano

Oregano has two main ingredients, carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, but is also rich in other nutrients that are beneficial for overall health and wellbeing.

The two main ingredients are natural decongestants and potent histamine reducers, which makes them beneficial for the nasal passages and respiratory tract in general.  Oregano oil can destroy bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus even more effectively than antibiotics.

  • Cannabis

When this herb is vaporized (burned), it eliminates all the toxic breaking down of therapeutic elements, whilst extracting and then inhaling the essential oils from an unprocessed plant can dramatically relieve the irritation in the oral cavity that comes from smoking.

It’s anti-invasive cannabinoid properties have been shown in numerous studies, in addition to its ability to stimulate receptor activators in certain genes, all of which make it one of the most powerful enemies of cancer.

Vaporizing cannabis boosts the ability of active ingredients to improve the body’s own natural response and thus lower risk of infection.  This wonderful plant is great for treating asthma because it opens up sinuses and air paths.

  • Lobelia

Lobelia has long been used to treat asthma in Appalachian folk medicine.  The alkaloid Lobeline, which is an extract from the plant, effectively thins mucus, thus breaking up congestion.

Studies have also shown its beneficial effects in treating tumor cells resistant to multiple drugs and furthermore, it stimulates adrenal glands to release epinephrine, which soothes airways and facilitates breathing.

Lobelia is a muscle relaxant and is helpful for cases of coughs and colds.

  • Sage

Sage is a traditional remedy for soothing coughs and sore throats.  Inhalation of its vapors can alleviate lung afflictions as well as sinusitis.  You could also brew a pot of undiluted tea to put in a vaporizer or a bowl.

Sage contains essential oils salvene, thujone, terpene and camphor, which are effective in treating common problems associated with lung and respiratory conditions.

  • Plantain Leaf

Plantain leaf has many active compounds with potent anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-toxic properties which can quickly relieve coughs and calm mucous-irritated membranes, as well as stimulate mucus production in dry coughs.

  • Osha root

The plant grows in the Rocky Mountains and has long been used by Native Americans to support respiratory system health.  Its roots contain camphor and various beneficial elements which can soothe irritations of the respiratory system and sinuses, ease breathing and boost lung circulation.

  • Mullein

An extract which is produced by the leaves and flowers of mullein supports lung health and it is used by herbal practitioners to soothe inflammation in the respiratory tract, clear the bronchial tubes and eliminate excess mucus.  Mullein tea is prepared by adding one teaspoon of the herb to one cup of water.

  • Elecampane

The herb was used by Native Americans for eliminating excess mucus that impairs the function of the lungs, and its anti-bacterial properties lower the risk of infections, especially in individuals susceptible to bronchitis.

This herb was used by the Native Americans to eliminate excess mucus and enable proper functioning of the lungs.  It also has anti-bacterial properties which lower risk of infections, especially in those individuals who are susceptible to bronchitis.

Simply put one teaspoon of elecampane into a cup of boiling water and drink the tea 3 times a day for a period of a couple of weeks.

  • Lungwort

This is a lichen which grows on trees and has powerful elements that help fight pain-inflicting organisms that have a negative effect on respiratory health.  It has been used for more than five centuries to boost lung health and as a decongestant.

  • Chaparral

This is a plant native to southwest regions of the U.S. and it is commonly used by Native Americans to detox lungs and improve healthy functioning of the respiratory tract.

It contains antioxidants that act to prevent irritation as well as NDGA, which acts to impede histamine response and prevent aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis of cancerous cells.  It can be used as a tea or as a tincture.

  • Coltsfoot

Coltsfoot is a herb that Native Americans have traditionally used to boost lung health.  It soothes the mucus membranes of lungs and relieves coughs, bronchitis, asthma, etc.  It can be used as a tea, dry, or as a tincture (an extract in alcohol).

All of these herbs are great for maintaining lung health and prevention and treatment of various respiratory problems, so use them as teas, tea blends, tinctures, prepared oils or nutritional supplements.  For best results, try growing them at home to ensure that you are using 100% organic herbs.

Sources: health-and-love-page.comHealthy Holistic Living | Every Green Herb |The Good News Newspaper

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