America has long been home to citizens who believe in popping pills and chugging some liquid to dull the pain and keep the sickness at bay; they could scoff all they want at the side-effects and ramifications that medical research presented. Now that the dark secrets behind the bottles of pills and their bills are being revealed, more and more citizens are inclining towards holistic treatment, natural remedies, and a general clean and healthy lifestyle.
1 Licorice Root – GlycyrrhizaGabra
Licorice roots have long been endorsed by naturopathic medicine practitioners who bank on its soothing effect on the mucous membrane, as well as its healing effect on the inflamed mucous membrane and that of the lungs and the stomach. Licorice is known to kill the agitation that individuals feel during ENT problems in their respiratory tract, throat and such, when attacked by an infection. The saponins in licorice assist in loosening the mucous, and the compounds in licorice allow the free radicals that cause inflammation to escape.
2 Coltsfoot – TussilagoFarfara
Coltsfoot is a naturally growing medicinal herb that has been used by Native Americans to strengthen the lungs for a long period over the course of history. Clearing out excess mucus and freeing up the respiratory passages, coltsfoot provides comfort to the irritated and inflamed membranes of the lungs, so that patients can deal with respiratory problems such as asthma, coughs, bronchitis and other lung ailments. Coltsfoot extract is used in tea or tincture form as a medicine for treating respiratory sicknesses.
3 Marijuana Cannabis
When compounds are broken down in the cannabis plant, they behave in a toxic way. The same compounds when delivered to the human anatomy in an oil or vapor form soothe our throats and relieve us from the agitation. Vaporizing cannabis activates our bodies’ natural immune system to mitigate infections preventing their spread. Cannabinoids have been touted as one of the best anti-cancer medicines available to humans in nature.
4 Osha Root – LigusticumPorteri
Found in abundance near the Rocky Mountains area, the osha root is widely known for its respiratory assistance properties. The roots of the plant are known to contain camphor, which is used to catalyze respiration when it is under duress. Osha root is known to cure sinuses and respiratory agitation in the Spring season when people complain of allergies and as such creating respiratory blockages and sinus flares.
5 Thyme – Thymus
Thyme is believed to contain essential therapeutic oil that aids against chest congestion with their anti fungal, antibiotic properties. The antibiotic nature of thyme is applied in practice in many lotions and creams for skin diseases as well. Thyme is known to cure zits, rashes and acne. Thyme’s neutralization effect on bacteria and viruses have led to its use as a natural cure against respiratory tract infection and bacterial pneumonia.
Oregano is known both for its mineral-rich constituents as well as the chemical compounds and acids its oil possesses such as carvacrol and rosemarinic acid. These compounds are natural decongestants and are responsible for reducing histamines; also in inducing air flow in the respiratory tract and nasal passages. Oil of oregano is deemed to consist of antibacterial qualities and is actively known to fight against Staphylococcus aureus infection.
7 Lobelia Inflata
Lobelia has properties that induces deep breathing in organisms. It has long been used as an effective herbal medicine against respiratory problems, especially by the Applalachian tribes who used it as “asthmador,” to treat breathing troubles. Lobelia is known to treat resilient tumor types and cure them. It also acts as a mucous thinner that frees up the breathing passages in the body from discharge that hampers breathing. The lobeline in lobelia is also responsible for causing the adrenal glands in our body to release epinephrine which soothes the muscles of our throat, easing up breathing.
8 Elecampane – IniulaHelenium
Elecampane has long been used by American natives as a means to get rid of mucous blockage in the lungs. Elecampane has shown high propensity for killing infections such as bronchitis in people with weak respiratory system. Herbal practitioners recommend at least a teaspoon’s worth with a cup of boiling water, thrice a day, for a course of 2 to 3 weeks for those suffering from a wheezy respiratory system fraught with mucous and sputum. Some practitioners recommend it in a tincture format.
9 Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus Globulus
Even though eucalyptus is native to Australia, it has been used by Americans, Germans and Aborigines as documented in history, to relieve themselves of throat and lung infections. The aroma of eucalyptus is beneficial for throat health. Eucalyptus can be found in a lot of cough drops and throat lozenges because of an ingredient it contains, called cineole. Cineole is known as a decongestant and is used to relieve sinus blockages, as well as to treat coughs and sore throats. Also comprising of antioxidants, eucalyptus is readily used in winter for cold cures.
10 Mullein – Verbascum Thapsus
Both the flowers and leaves of the mullein plant are commonly used to make an herbal extract that assists in strengthening the lungs. Mullein is used to clear up the bronchial tubes and to flush the mucous out of our lungs. The herb is used in tea form, by addition of the dried parts in a cup of boiled water, or by using a tincture of mullein that reduces inflammation in the respiratory tracts.