15 Herbs to Combat Your Respiratory Health Issues
Whether you have respiratory health issues or not, it is important to take care of your lungs. Your lungs work constantly every day, and irritants such as pollutants, dust, and other microbial particles enter and irritate the respiratory system. Combat these common issues naturally with the following herbs:
Eucalyptus can benefit the respiratory in both leaf and oil form. It is commonly found in cough syrups and lozenges, and you can apply the oil to the skin (in a diluted form only) to relieve inflammation and pain of the respiratory tract. WebMD warns eucalyptus oil also should never be taken orally.
Often used for horses, this powerful herb contains the powerful alkaloid lobeline which breaks congestion in the lungs. It also reduces coughs by relaxing the muscles. Lobelia can be taken in tea, capsule,fluid extract or in tincture form. Your lobelia dosage should never surpass 20mg; consumption of over 500mg could result in death.
The antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties make oregano a natural histamine and congestion eliminator. Diluted oregano oil rubbed on the chest opens bronchial and lung passages along with adding a healthy amount to a vaporizer for continued relief.
The peppermint herb naturally contains menthol which promotes easier breathing by opening up the respiratory tract. Peppermint can be taken in tea form, created into an oil and rubbed into the chest for a soothing decongestant effect and the leaves can even be eaten plainly.
The plantain leaf contains aucubin, tannins, and mucilage to reduce upper respiratory health issues and infections. Create plantain tea from leaves (fresh or dried) to allow its antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties to relieve inflammation and infection in the lungs.
6. Osha Root
Osha root contains a large amount of camphor to increase lung circulation and reduce inflammation caused by allergies, asthma and airborne pollutants. Osha root is often found in lozenges and cough drops to reduce cold and flu symptoms, licor and its numbing properties are especially effective for sore throats. This herb is also available in tea, capsule and tincture form. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take osha root.
Chaparral contains NDGA and antioxidants to fight respiratory tract irritation and histamine reactions. This herb is most effective in tea form for the respiratory system, and it also available in a tincture extraction form.