In Traditional Chinese Medicine licorice root is part of many formulas than any other herb because it is believed to harmonize the action of all other herbs.
Licorice has soothing effects and softens the mucous membranes of the throat and especially the lungs and stomach. At the same time it cleanses any inflamed mucous membrane that needs the support of the immune system. Also, it decreases the irritation in the throat.
Compounds in licorice help relieve bronchial spasms and block the free radical cells that produce the inflammation and tightening of the air passages.
Additionally, its compounds have antibacterial and antiviral properties which help fight viral and bacterial strains in the body that can lead to lung infections. Glycrrhizins and flavonoids can even prevent lung cancer.
Native Americans traditionally used coltsfoot for thousands of years in order to strengthen the lungs. This plant eliminates excess mucus from the lungs and bronchial tubes.
Also, it soothes the mucus membranes in the lungs, and aids with asthma, coughs, bronchitis, and other lung ailments. You can find this plant in dried form, which you can use to prepare tea, or as an alcohol extract known as a tincture.
Cannabis is one of the most effective anti-cancer plants in the world.
Vaporizing cannabis allows its active ingredients to stimulate the body’s immune system and significantly lowers the ability of infections to develop. Vaporizing cannabis opens up airways and sinuses, acting as a bronchodilator. Also it can treat and reverse asthma.
4. Osha root
Osha is an herb that had been used by the Native Americans for respiratory support. This plant’s roots contain camphor and other compounds which make it one of the best lung-support herbs in America.
Osha root helps increase circulation to the lungs, which aids you take deep breaths.
This plant is very powerful in fighting against chest congestion. Thyme produces powerful antiseptic essential oils which are naturally antibiotic and anti-fungal.
Thyme tea can eliminate bacteria and viruses. The plant has been used as a lung remedy for centuries to prevent and treat respiratory tract infections and bacterial infection pneumonia.
This spice includes the vitamins and nutrients required by the immune system. However, its best benefits are owed to its carvacrol and rosmarinic acid content. These two compounds are natural decongestants and histamine reducers that have direct and positive benefits on the respiratory tract and nasal passage airflow.
Oregano oil combats against dangerous bacteria Staphylococcus aureus more effectively than most antibiotic treatments.
Extracts of Lobelia contain lobeline, which has positive effects in the treatment of multidrug-resistant tumor cells. Lobeline, which thins mucus, breaks up congestion.
Moreover, lobelia stimulates the adrenal glands to release epinephrine, which relaxes the airways and allows you breathe easily. Also, lobelia is included in many cough and cold remedies.
Elecampane has been used by Native Americans to remove excess mucus that damages lung function. It is a famous natural antibacterial agent for the lungs, which helps ease infection for people who deal with lung infections like bronchitis.
Herbal practitioners recommend one teaspoon of the herb in a cup of boiling water. You need to drink it three times a day for two to three weeks. Also, elecampane is available in tincture format for ease.
Although it is native to Australia, Aborigines, Germans, and Americans have all used the refreshing aroma of eucalyptus to boost respiratory health and soothe throat irritation.
Eucalyptus is a often found in cough lozenges and syrups and it is beneficial due to a compound called cineole. Cineole is an expectorant, can ease a cough, fights congestion, and soothes irritated sinus passages.
Additionally, eucalyptus includes antioxidants, it supports the immune system during a cold or an illness.
Mullein’s flowers and leaves are used to make an herbal extract that strengthens the lungs.
It is used by herbal practitioners to get rid of excess mucus from the lungs, cleanse the bronchial tubes, and decrease inflammation in the respiratory tract.
You can prepare a tea from one teaspoon of dried mullein to one cup of boiled water. Also, you can take a tincture form of this herb.
Since 1600s, lungwort has been used to support lung and respiratory health and clear congestion.
Lungwort also includes compounds that are potent and effective against harmful organisms that influence respiratory health.
Chaparral is a plant from the southwest and has been used and adored by the Native Americans for detoxification of the lungs and respiratory support. Chaparral has powerful antioxidants that combat irritation and NDGA which is known to fight histamine response.
Also, this herb fights harmful organisms.
This herb’s benefits are most available in a tincture extraction but chaparral tea may help you with respiratory problems by clearing airways of mucus.
Sage’s essential oils are the source of its many benefits for lung problems and respiratory diseases.
A tea prepared from sage is a traditional cure for sore throats and coughs. Sage’s rich aromatic characteristics come from the oils of thujone, camphor, terpene and salvene, which can be used by inhaling sage tea’s vapors to drive out lung disorders and sinusitis.
Also, you can make a sage tea and place it into a bowl or a vaporizer.
Menthol, the soothing ingredient that relaxes and soothes the muscles of the respiratory tract and boosts free breathing, is included in peppermint and peppermint oil. Dried peppermint includes menthol, menthone, menthyl acetate, menthofuran and cineol.
Also, peppermint oil contains many other compounds including limonene, pulegone, caryophyllene and pinene.
Therapeutic chest balms and other inhalants that have menthol are used by many people to break up congestion. Moreover, peppermint is an antioxidant and combats harmful organisms.
15. Plantain leaf
This fruit looks like a banana and has been used for centuries to fight cough and soothe irritated mucous membranes. Its active ingredients have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as being anti-inflammatory and antitoxic.
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.
You need to talk to a herbologist or Naturopathic Doctor on how to prepare the remedies and to know the appropriate dosage that suits your condition.
All the mentioned herbs are available as nutritional supplements, tea blends and prepared oils. Also, you can grow your own herbs as well to ensure your herbs are organic.