Before we start with this article, we want to say a few words about the lungs! According to the experts, the lungs are certainly one of the hardest-working organs in the body. And, in average, a person inhales and exhales between 12 and 20 times per minute, to bring new oxygen into the body and to breathe out carbon dioxide together with other waste products. And while the body can survive for a while without food or water, it cannot go more than a few minutes without air. So, it is crucial to the health of the whole body to have a set of lungs that are healthy and in good shape.
And, you should also know that there are many things that can cause issues for our breathing organs, such as: allergies, asthma, harmful organisms, and inhalation of various pollutants. These are the most common symptoms of respiratory problems: chest congestion, difficulty breathing and irritated nasal or throat passages. If you, or someone you’re close to, has experienced these symptoms, you know they can be very disruptive.
Ladies and gentlemen, keep in mind– herbal therapy is one way to ensure this. Read on to discover more about the herbs which are best for cleansing the lungs and supporting the respiratory system. And, one more thing– these herbs are naturally rich in carvacrol, flavonoids, and terpenes; all which are natural decongestants and antihistamines.
Oregano is amazing! How this works– well, when pollen, dust, mold, chemicals, fungi, and bacteria are invading your body, it releases a chemical called histamine which causes a reaction much like allergies– nasal blockage, increased mucous production, and sneezing. Histamine reducing herbs like oregano aid in counteracting histamine and may help in reducing these reactions. Oregano also contains rosmarinic acid.
A recent study, carried out by group of scientists, has found that rosmarinic acid reduces fluid accumulation as well as swelling during an allergy attack, making it a natural histamine-reducing compound. And, you should also know that oregano contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamins A and C, and niacin. Although these components don’t directly impact upper respiratory problems, all them are needed by the systems within the body, including the immune system. Adequate vitamin and mineral intake is paramount for keeping a healthy body that can fight problems, such as upper respiratory issues, before they start.
All of us know about the health benefits of eucalyptus oil. The eucalyptus oil has effective anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, stimulating, and other medical properties. Eucalyptus essential oil works for treating a number of respiratory issues including cold, cough, runny nose, aching throat, asthma, nasal blockage, bronchitis and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature, which makes it a great ingredient in many medications that treat respiratory issues. A recent study reveals its effectiveness in treating non-bacterial sinus problems. And yes, another thing– gargles of eucalyptus oil combined with warm water are consistently efficient in treating sore throats.
First of all, you must know that lungwort has 2 broad areas of use. The one that provides its name is its use in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis, especially where associated with upper respiratory catarrh. For lung conditions, this herb might be used with White Horehound, Coltsfoot or Lobelia. The advised dose:
- Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 -minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.
- Tincture: take 1-4ml of the tincture 3 times a day.