Whenever you fall ill, the drugs we initially seek in nature, or drink various teas, medicines based on natural base. Not always and not all plants are medicinal. Various plants, miscellaneous affect the organism. Some plants if not used in the prescribed dose can be harmful to your health. Much of the time, pharmaceutical drugs attempt to mimic a compound that occurs naturally in nature (herbs) but often bring the risk of side effects.1
According to stats released by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, no death cases have been reported due to the use and consumption of herbs. Perhaps there is no danger of herbal medicines unlike pharmaceutical drugs, but there are a number of deaths. Is it the fault of the doctors or the action of drug? It is safe to say that the use of herbal medicines is much safer than pharmaceutical drugs.
Pharmaceutical drugs are made by pharmacists to fight against a number of viral infections. However, plants are those that can be most effective in the treatment of infections, but only if used correctly. No moderation leads to a number of errors, and even death of the patient.
Because skepticism of people that should not be used if is not natural, many pharmaceutical drugs are not sold. Just because the un-popularity of herbs in western culture is due to scrutinization that comes from pharmaceutical companies and those who can benefit from the sale of pharmaceutical drugs.
Seek out the assistance of a naturopathic doctor, traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, herbologist or ayurveda practitioner before you use herbs. Like anything, each illness can have different root causes and it’s always important to understand them before relying on any treatment to solve the entire problem.
In addition we show you the list of herbs that can help in certain diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, thanks to a nutritionist, herbalist and homeopathic doctor John Summerly.
1. Licorice Root – Glycyrrhiza Glabra
Licorice is an herb that is most widely used in medicine. It can be found in various formulas or in traditional Chinese medicine. Licorice is a very useful herb that protects the lining of the throat which is very important to maintain the immune system. Most are used to rebuild the lining of the lungs and stomach. We can say that this herb has the same effect as detergents. Licorice softens mucus in the airways and has easier phasing of the mucus. The compound contained in this herb has the job to ease bronchial spasms and also to prevent the bacteria that causes various infections. Glycrrhizins and flavonoids can even help prevent lung cancer cells from forming which means they can even prevent lung cancer. For people with high blood pressure this should be taken with caution.
2. Coltsfoot – Tussilago Farfara
Coltsfoot is an herb which is used before thousands of years by Native Americans. It can be found as dry matter for tea or like extract known as alcohol tincture. Coltsfoot used to strengthen the lungs and bronchi. The mitigation of the membranes in the lungs, studies have shown that the Coltsfoot is useful in treating asthma, cough, bronchitis.
Cannabis is perhaps one of the most effective anti-cancer plants worldwide shown in study after study to stimulate the activation of cannabinoid receptor in specific genes. Through inhalation and extraction of essential oils from cannabis, allowing a Vaporizing cannabis with very high amounts of cannabinoids opens airways and sinuses, acting as bronchodilator. It has even proven method for the treatment of asthma and vice versa. Significant reduction in irritation and cleaning the oral cavity caused by smoking.
4. Osha Root – Ligusticum porteri
From the large variety of herbs Indians are familiar with OSHA. OSHA is an herb that has a major role to increase the circulation of the lungs and makes it easier to take a breath. The root of this plant contains camphor and just because it is one of the best remedies for the lungs. Also, when seasonal sensitivities flare up your sinuses, osha root, which is not an actual antihistamine, does produce a similar effect and may be help calm respiratory irritation.
5. Thyme – Thymus
Thyme is used as a cure for the lungs consumed since ancient times and is widely used today for the prevention and treatment of respiratory tract infection and bacterial pneumonia. Thyme helps in killing the acne on the body much better than most the creams and cosmetics. It has the ability to calm your pains in the chest, eliminates bacteria and viruses, whether your infection is based on one of these, it destroys it.
Oregano as herb has many more health benefits from a number of bottles filled with organic oil of oregano, which we all have. Oregano contains the vitamins and nutrients required by the immune system, its primary benefits are owed to its carvacrol and rosmarinic acid content. Both compounds are natural decongestants and histamine reducers that have direct, positive benefits on the respiratory tract and nasal passage airflow. Oil of oregano is much more useful in combating dangerous bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, and much better than a number of antibacterial therapies.
7. Lobelia Inflata
Did you know that horses given lobelia are able to breathe more deeply?
Lobelia Inflata is considered one of the most valuable herbal medicines. It is used as a “asthmador” in Appalachian folk medicine. Parts of Lobelia Inflata shown that it can be used in the treatments involved in anti-tumor treatment. lobelia stimulates the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, that relaxes the airways and makes breathing easier. Because the smooth airways used as cold cure cough. It should always be part of the treatments that are used to support the respiratory tract.
*Use with caution as too much can cause side effects.
8. Elecampane – Inula Helenium
Indians proved that they were the best doctors at the past, a number of their drugs are used today. Elecampane is a natural antibacterial agent for helping to lessen the lung infections like bronchitis. Clears the mucus that disrupts the daily work of the lungs.Herbal practitioners often recommend one teaspoon of the herb per cup of boiling water, three times daily for two to three weeks. Elecampane is also available in tincture format for ease.
9. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus Globulus
Native to Australia, eucalyptus is not just about koala bears! Aborigines, Germans and Americans also used it as a refreshing aroma. Eucalyptus helps to soothe the irritation in the throat and cough. Because of its compound – cineol, Eucalyptus is part of a range of tablets and syrups. Cineole has many benefits – it is expectorant which calms cough, sinus. As an added bonus, as eucalyptus contain antioxidants, supports the immune system during a cold or other disease.
10. Mullein – Verbascum Thapsus
Lopen is also used for cleaning of excess mucus from the lungs and reduces inflammation in the respiratory tract. A tea can be made from one teaspoon of dried herbs in a beaker of boiling water. Mullein leaves and flowers can be used to make the plant extracts against infections. Alternatively, you can take a tincture form of this herb.
Lungwort – Pulmonaria officinalis
Back in 1600, lungwort used to relieve infections of the lungs and airways and chest discomfort. Pulmonaria selections come in all types, so they are looking for direction herbalist. Lungwort also contains compounds that are powerful against various infections affecting the respiratory health.
Another herb that has been used by the Indians, a native plant in the southwest. Chaparral contains powerful antioxidants that are resistant to irritation and NDGA. NDGA inhibits aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis (the energy resolution) of the cancer cells. Chaparral can be served as a tea to combat harmful organisms in the respiratory tract. But in some cases Chaparral supports respiratory problems by stimulating expectorant action to clear the airways of mucus.
13. Sage – Salvia Officinalis
Sage is also a very good natural remedy. The leaves of sage are used to make drugs for narcotic odor. Sage tea is a traditional treatment for a sore throat and cough. The rich aromatic properties derived from essential oils of sage thujone, camphor, terpene and salvene can be put to use by inhaling steam sage tea to dispel lung disease and sinusitis. How to use? Alternatively, a strong mixture of tea of sage should be inhaled through steaming odors.
14. Peppermint – Mentha × Piperita
Peppermint oil and mint are good remedies for relaxation of muscles of the airways and allow free breathing. Dried peppermint typically contains menthol, menthone, menthyl acetate, menthofuran and cineol. Peppermint oil also contains small amounts of many additional compounds including limonene, pulegone, caryophyllene and pinene. Paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint, menthol is a fantastic decongestant. Many people use salves and other inhalants containing peppermint to relieve discomfort in the chest.
15. Plantain herb – Plantago major and P. lanceolata
Pastry sheet is used to facilitate cough and soothing inflamed mucosa. Many of the active ingredients showed antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and anti-inflammatory and anti-toxic. Clinical trials have shown favorable to cough, cold, and irritation of the lungs