Especially during the winter, we are prone to bacterial and viral infections that can damage the lungs and our respiratory system.
These issues often lead to the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Throat irritation
- Excess mucus
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing out blood or phlegm
- Tightness in the chest
- Back or chest tenderness
- Body aches
- Extreme fatigue
The most common lung diseases include asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, pleurisy, emphysema, and cancer.
Fortunately, there are powerful natural ways to relieve the symptoms and improve the health of your lungs.
The following 14 plants effectively treat asthma, bronchitis, relieve coughs, and clear the lungs:
The strong anticancer properties of cannabis make it one of the most effective anti-cancer natural remedies. Its inhalation also fights bronchitis and sinusitis and alleviates oral cavity infections in smokers.
This beneficial plant is commonly used in syrups and medications to treat respiratory issues since it purifies the airways and relieves throat irritations. It strengthens the immune system and lowers the risk of lung infections.
3. Great mullein
The extract of this plant boosts immunity and supports the health of the respiratory system.
4. Chaparral (oak bush)
This plant detoxifies the lungs and is rich in antioxidants that improve overall health.
Sage tea has been used as a natural way to soothe coughs and throat irritations for centuries.
6. Osha (Ligusticum porteri)
It strengthens the lungs, eases breathing, and boosts lung circulation. It is also a popular traditional Indian remedy and is rich in camphor.
Thyme is excellent in the treatment of obstructions in the lungs, and it treats bacterial and viral infections.
8. Licorice root
It is a popular medicinal herb that improves the health of the lungs. It soothes throat irritations and cleanses the mucous tissue.
It has powerful expectorant properties, so it fights inflammation, treats lung infections, and relieves bronchial spasms. Moreover, it contains glycaryins and flavonoids which prevent the formation of lung cancer.
This plant has been traditionally used in Indian medicine. It purifies the lungs, treats bronchitis, relieves asthma, and soothes coughs.
10. Lobelia extract
Known as Indian tobacco, lobelia purifies the airways, prevents cancer, relieves coughs, and stimulates the secretion of epinephrine, a hormone that eases breathing.
11. Mint essential oil
Its potent antioxidant qualities treat colds and relieve breathing difficulties.
12. Inula helenium
This traditional Indian medicine has strong antibacterial properties that relieve lung infections and treat chest congestion.
Oregano essential oil is rich in vitamins and nutrients that fortify the immune system, detoxify the respiratory system, and clear the excess nasal mucus.
14. Lobaria pulmonaria
It is extremely beneficial for the respiratory tract and it treats and prevents various respiratory diseases.
Despite these herbal remedies, the Lung Health Institute suggests the following vitamins that will help you relieve the symptoms of COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease):
“Several vitamins may help those with COPD better manage their symptoms, calm inflammation and prevent severe damage.
The best source of vitamins is often food, so make sure you’re incorporating some natural sources of the following vitamins before choosing a supplement:
- Vitamin D: Many people — especially those with COPD — are deficient in vitamin D. Some evidence shows that it can reduce exacerbation of the illness. Vitamin D is naturally found in egg yolks, yogurt, milk, and cheese.
- Vitamin C: You can get a good dose of this inflammation-blasting vitamin from oranges and other citrus; dark, leafy green vegetables like kale; broccoli; berries; and tomatoes.
- Vitamin A: A great driver of a healthy immune system, vitamin A is naturally found in salmon and other fatty fish, dairy, mangoes, cantaloupe, carrots, squash, broccoli, and leafy greens.
- Vitamin E: This immune system booster can also help protect against cell damage, and can be found in vegetable oils, cereals, meat, poultry, eggs, fruit, and vegetables.”