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Thousands of people die due to bacteria and viruses annually, and very often, antibiotics fail to treat the issue.
On the other hand, the following 15 natural herbs will help you fight infections, repair lung damage, and improve lung health:
The leaves of sage are rich in essential oils that treat lung issues and fight respiratory ailments, coughs, and sore throats. The volatile oils it contains, such as terpene, thujone, camphor, and salvene, treat sinusitis and lung disorders.
The Native Americans used this herb for millennia, due to its natural ability to strengthen the lungs.
It removes excess mucus from the lungs and bronchial tubes, soothes the mucous membranes of the lungs, and helps in the treatment of coughs, asthma, and bronchitis. It can be used as a tincture or as tea.
The mullein leaves and flowers are used to prepare a herbal extract that supports lung health. Mullein eliminates excess mucus from the lungs, treats inflammation, and cleanses the bronchial tubes. Add a teaspoon of the dried herb to a cup of boiled water, or use it as a tincture.
This herb is native to the Rocky Mountain area and the Native Americans have used it for respiratory support. Its roots are rich in camphor and other compounds which support the lung health. It boosts the circulation to the lungs, so it eases breathing.
Elecampane removes the excess mucus from the lungs and thus improves their function. It also destroys bacteria and treats lung infections. You should add a teaspoon of this herb to a cup of boiling water, and drink this tea three times daily for a few weeks.
The Native Americans commonly used this plant as a natural way to detoxify the lungs and support the respiratory system. It is rich in antioxidants that fight irritations and NDGA which fights histamine response.
Moreover, it inhibits aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis of cancer cells and destroys harmful organisms. It can be used as a tincture extraction, and tea, which treats respiratory problems by clearing the airways of mucus.
Aborigines, Germans, and Americans have commonly used this herb to support respiratory health and treat throat irritation. It contains a beneficial compound known as cineole, due to which it is often added to cough lozenges and syrups.
Cineole provides powerful properties, so this herb soothes irritations of the sinus passages, treats coughs, and congestion, and acts as an expectorant. Moreover, its high antioxidant content strengthens the immune system in the case of illnesses.
Vaporization is an effective way to avoid the toxic breakdown of therapeutic compounds in cannabis from burning the plant, and it will mitigate the irritated oral cavity as a result of smoking.
This plant is one of the most powerful cancer-fighting plants and its active ingredients stimulate the natural immune response of the body and reduce the spread of infections. Vaporizing cannabis acts as a bronchodilator and opens up the sinuses and airways.
Licorice is a soothing herb that softens the mucous membranes of the throat, the lungs, and stomach, reduces the irritation, and fights the inflammation.
Also, it contains saponins, which loosen the phlegm in the respiratory tract so that the body can get rid of the excess mucus. This herb calms bronchial spasms and inhibits free radical cells damage, that leads to inflammation and tightening of the airways.
It has potent antibacterial and antiviral effects that destroy the viruses and bacteria that cause the infections in the lungs. Licorice is a rich source of glycyrrhizin and flavonoids which inhibit the formation of lung cancer cells.
Thyme effectively treats chest congestion, and the antiseptic essential oils it contains fight bacteria and fungi. Thyme tea is a powerful lung remedy and treats respiratory tract infections and the bacterial infection pneumonia.
This herb has been given to horses to ease their breathing, and it was also known as “asthmador” in Appalachian folk medicine. Its extracts contain lobeline, which has been found to provide positive effects in the treatment of multidrug-resistant tumor cells.
It is also high in an alkaloid known as lobeline, which breaks up congestion and thins out mucus. This herb stimulates the release of epinephrine by the adrenal glands, soothes the airways and eases breathing. Lobelia relaxes the muscles and supports the function of the respiratory system.
Peppermint and Peppermint oil contain menthol, which soothes the muscles of the respiratory tract and eases breathing.
Dried peppermint is high in menthol, menthone, menthyl acetate, methanofuran, and cineol. Methol is a potent decongestant. Peppermint oil contains numerous beneficial compounds such as limonene, pulegone, caryophyllene, and pinene.
Oregano is high in nutrients and vitamins that strengthen the immune system, but the carvacrol and rosmarinic acid it contains act as natural decongestants and histamine reducers that clear the nasal passage airflow and support respiratory health.
Additionally, oregano oil fights off the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.
Plantain leaf soothes the irritated mucous membranes and fights coughs, and its active compounds have powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antitoxic properties, so it fights lung irritations, colds, and coughs.
This tree-growing lichen is similar to the lung tissue in appearance, and since the 1600s, it has been commonly used to support lung and respiratory health and to clear congestion.
Moreover, the beneficial compounds it contains destroy harmful organisms and improve respiratory health.
Before you start using any of these herbs, consult your herbologist or naturopathic doctor for the preparation, appropriate dosages and frequency of use.
You can use them in the form of tea blends, prepared oils, and nutritional supplements, and you can grow them on your own, to ensure that they are organic and ethically harvested.