(NaturalHealth365) We all want healthy lungs. Unfortunately, chemtrails, second hand smoke, poor quality food, and aerosol contaminants (to name a few) create a greater risk of respiratory diseases. To make matters worse, many of the medications doctors prescribe for these respiratory problems have a number of unwanted side effects including insomnia, nausea and irritability.
The good news is that nature offers much safer (and effective) alternatives. Herbs, in particular, play a huge role in maintaining healthy lungs. Used correctly, they can offer great relief, and even correct many respiratory problems.
5 great herbs to improve breathing
Osha root is indigenous to North America in the area of the Rocky Mountains, and long revered by Native people for its healing properties, the root of the osha plant has definite lung-strengthening capabilities.
Osha root contains camphor and other beneficial oils which clear away mucous; improve blood flow to the lungs and increase your ability to take a deeper breath – especially useful if you’re suffering from emphysema, pneumonia or allergies.
Lomatium is another traditional Native American medicinal herb. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, and has been used with great success in treating allergies, pneumonia, asthma, and bronchitis. By the way, the Naturopathic Handbook of Herbal Formulas: A Practical and Concise Herb User’s Guide supports the use of lomatium for these purposes.
Pleurisy root has been used for generations for respiratory complaints stemming from allergies, the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. It has a long history of anecdotal evidence as to its effectiveness.
Its power lies in its expectorant abilities. It has a remarkable ability to clear mucous from the chest and lungs, which makes it easier to heal from a variety of respiratory ailments. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help in these circumstances.
Licorice root is somewhat of a wonder herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) when it comes to treating respiratory diseases and promoting healthy lungs. With a long track record of success in TCM – dating back thousands of years – it, also, has expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Licorice root soothes bronchial spasms and eases sore throats. It even has the noted ability to block the formation of lung cancer cells. In addition, it has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which makes it excellent for treating lung diseases caused by these things.
Mullein is native to Europe and Asia, but has been successfully grown in America since the time of European colonization. It was considered an important healing herb back then, and, according to the University of Michigan, studies support that tradition today.
It can be used to successfully treat coughs, bronchitis, allergies, asthma plus many other pulmonary diseases. It is also an excellent expectorant and soothes the mucous membranes when they are irritated. Its healing properties are known to be very powerful.
If you are suffering from respiratory ailments, try one or more of these excellent herbal supplements. While you should never quit taking your medication without the advice of a trusted, medical professional, you may find these herbs help you feel a lot better, and without negative side effects.
With regular use, they may eventually be all you need. Remember, nature usually has all the answers we need for our health. Learn to trust its wisdom and you can heal the body naturally.
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