Which Herbs Are Helpful In Countering Lung Disease?

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Eucalyptus has cineole, that eases congestion and soothes sinus passages. Lungwort has compounds that promote respiratory health. Oregano has carvacrol and rosmarinic acid which are natural decongestants. Plantain leaf soothes irritated mucous membranes and treats lung infections. Menthol in peppermint promotes free breathing and relaxes respiratory tract.

Nature has provided a number of herbs that provide deep nutrition for the respiratory system. Herbal remedies not only boost lung health, but they can heal infections and even repair lung damage. From viruses to allergies — here are several herbs that can help you breathe easier.1

1. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is good for the lungs.2 The effectiveness of eucalyptus is due to a compound called cineole. Cineole has numerous benefits:

  • It is an expectorant.
  • Can ease a cough.
  • It fights congestion.
  • Soothes irritated sinus passages.

2. Lungwort

Lungwort has been used to promote lung and respiratory health, and clear congestion. Lungwort also contains compounds that are powerfully effective against harmful organisms that affect respiratory health.3

3. Oregano

Although oregano contains the vitamins and nutrients required by the immune system, it’s 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 the nasal passage airflow. Oregano extract has been used to treat respiratory issues such as coughing, cold, flu, sore throat and bronchitis.4

4. Plantain Leaf

The plantain leaf has been used for years to ease cough and soothe irritated mucous membranes. It is particularly valuable for the lungs, to fight infection and remove phlegm. It has been used as an effective remedy for weak lungs and coughs from lung disorders. Clinical trials have found it favorable against cough, cold, and lung irritation.5

5. Peppermint

Peppermint, and peppermint oil, contains menthol — a soothing ingredient known to relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract and promote free breathing. Paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint, menthol is a fantastic decongestant. Peppermint oil can help in lung cleansing.

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1. Treatment of upper respiratory tract infections in primary care: a randomized study using aromatic herbs- Ben-Arye E et al. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:690346. doi: 10.1155/2011/690346. Epub 2010 Nov 1.
2. http://www.eucalyptustea.net/lung-health/
3. http://www.healthy.net/Materia_Medica/Lungwort_Herb_Herbal_Materia_Medica/243
4. Pak J Pharm Sci. 2009 Oct;22(4):421-4.
5. http://www.localharvest.org/plantain-leaf-tea-life-medicine-C16359