Whether you suffer from asthma or are easily irritated by air pollution—keeping lungs healthy and airways clear doesn’t always have to be approached with a cocktail of pharmaceuticals.
Improper function of the lungs or an infection in them can lead to various medical conditions such as coughing, labored breathing, wheezing, mucus congestion spasms, inflammation and irritated air passages.
These symptoms ultimately lead to lung diseases like asthma, bronchitis , pneumonia, emphysema and COPD. Herbs can be used in the effective cleansing of lungs as well as for treating various diseases related to them.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Lungs
The plantain leaf has been used for hundreds of years to ease cough and soothe irritated mucous membranes. Clinical trials have found it favorable against cough, cold, and lung irritation. Plantain leaf has an added bonus in that it may help relieve a dry cough by spawning mucus production in the lungs.
Angelica is an herb that is also a natural expectorant and therefore results in mild bouts of coughing that helps in the expulsion of mucous lining the walls of the lungs. During ancient times the herb was used for treating asthma as well as bronchitis. Angelica herbal teas are sold in many online herbal stores and drinking 3-4 cups of the tea daily will get rid of any irritant irritating the lungs.
Like angelica, coltsfoot is another expectorant that is used for soothing the irritated airways of the lungs as well as the bronchial passages. Studies have revealed that use of coltsfoot during dry cough can help treat the condition. Herbal syrups containing coltsfoot are sold in all drug stores and 3-4 teaspoons of the herbal concoction will greatly relieve lung irritation.
Not many people know that this aromatic herb is useful for treating various lung diseases and for keeping the lungs healthy. This spicy herb has a warming effect on the body thereby melting the mucus congesting the chest. It successfully helps in the elimination of the mucus from the lungs thereby treating congestion. Steep a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of very hot water for 10 minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink the concoction 3-4 times a day to clear the lungs.
Peppermint contains menthol—an ingredient common in modern over-the-counter breathing remedies. As Prevent Disease reports, menthol is able to smooth the muscles of the respiratory tract and make breathing easier.
We all know the excellent effect that ginger has on the mucus accumulated in the chest and the lungs. Ginger too has warming effect on the body like cinnamon and helps expel the mucus by successfully breaking it down causing it to thin out. Boil two teaspoons of grated or chopped ginger in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Strain the mix and add a teaspoon of honey before drinking. 4-5 cups of ginger water will not only treat the chest congestion but also aid digestion.
Rosemary leaf is considered an excellent herb for cleansing the lungs and for improving blood circulation through the body. The herb is a rich source of vitamins A and C along with minerals like magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium and zinc. This makes it excellent for strengthening the immune system and eliminating any form of infection from the lungs. Drink three cups of rosemary tea every day to keep the lungs in a perfectly healthy condition.
Eucalyptus is known for containing volatile oils with antimicrobial properties that have proven beneficial in the treatment of various forms of infections. The oils present in eucalyptus also remove the excessive mucus lining the walls of the lung and improve blood circulation to all parts of the body. The herb is a major component of medications used for clearing lungs and the rub containing eucalyptus oils is generally used for clearing chest congestion. Herbal cough syrups and teas containing eucalyptus are popularly used during cold winter months to ward off lung infections.