Our lungs, the cone-shaped organs located in the chest cavity, work all the time. When we’re awake, when we’re asleep, when we’re working, when we’re resting – they’re constantly working. To make things easier for our lungs, we should breathe the fresh, crisp air, visit steam rooms from time to time, and of course, stay far away from cigarettes.
Unfortunately, most of us are not able to live in a bubble – our modern lives have us and our lungs exposed to pollutants, various toxins, dust, mold and smoke every day. And if you’re an ex-smoker? You got it even worse.
To help your lungs recover and support their health and function, it’s good to go back to nature – literally and metaphorically. Go for brisk walks in nature whenever you can and use natural remedies such as herbs to boost your lung health.
Here are top 5 herbs that can help your respiratory system. The easiest way to use them all is to inhale the herb’s vapors.
This lung-resembling herb has been used for centuries for promoting lung and respiratory health. Lungwort is also expectorant, meaning it can help break down the congestion.
Besides being a great immunity-booster, oregano is excellent for lung health as well. This herb is rich in rosmarinic and carvacrol acid which act as natural decongestant agents and histamine reducers.
Eucalyptus has been used since ancient times for its refreshing aroma and its medicinal properties. You may have noticed that many cough syrups contain eucalyptus – this is because this herb contains cineole which has anti-inflammatory properties and helps support respiratory health.
Menthol, found in abundance in peppermint, is a natural decongestant and histamine reducer. Peppermint can quite literally help you breathe better by relaxing the muscles of the respiratory tract. Peppermint is also rich in antioxidants so it can help fight harmful organisms.
Thanks to its essential oils, sage gives off a wonderful aroma that benefits the lungs and respiratory system and promotes their health. In addition, sage can help you get rid of a persistent cough and soothe the irritated, sore throat.