Due to the rising air pollution and increasing incidence of viral and bacterial infection, the number of lung problems and respiratory illnesses has also increased. If you want to address these problems with an antibiotic, then you are doing little to address the healing mechanisms within your body to address the real cause. You will only be adding to the problems associated with antibiotic resistance.
Even during ancient times, herbal medicines have been used around the world to treat various respiratory illnesses, boost lung health, improve pulmonary functions, and repair lung damage. These traditional medicines can be used as an alternative to pharmacological drugs that is often associated with negative side effects.
Why herbs are Beneficial for the Respiratory System?
- Calm the release of histamines.
- They may be an expectorant — which helps break up and expel chest congestion.
- Control cough by relaxing the muscles near the upper respiratory system.
- Soothe irritated nasal passages and airways
- Helps prevent upper respiratory problems by fighting harmful organism that causes infections.
- They may be a source of antioxidants that fights oxidative damage.
Herbs That Can Help Boost Lung Health
Thyme essential oil and thyme tea have antibiotic and anti-fungal properties that are effective at fighting against chest congestion, bacterial infection, pneumonia, and respiratory tract infection.
Due to its carvacrol and rosmarinic acid content, oregano acts as a decongestant and a histamine reducer that provides positive effects on the nasal passage airflow and respiratory tract. As compared to antibiotic treatments, extract from oregano oil can combat dangerous bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.
Peppermint is commonly used to provide relief from motion sickness and indigestion. It is also commonly used in mouth products because it can reduce the growth of bacteria. This medicinal herb may act as a natural antihistamine for a swollen and congested nasal tract (including throat, nose, bronchi, and lungs).
Sage’s essential oils can provide benefits to those who are suffering from common respiratory ailments. It has aromatic properties that, as vapors, can treat sinusitis and some lung disorders.
This Australian plant is not only good at soothing sunburn but can also do wonders inside your body. Studies have found that its refreshing aroma can help promote respiratory health, soothe a sore throat, reduce the need to cough, and help fight congestion. These effects are all due to its compound called cineole, which is an expectorant.