Did you know that there is a wave of bacterial and viral infections that is rushing and sweeping through the Northern Hemisphere, causing people to be sick for a longer time by slowing down the healing process from the array of symptoms within the respiratory system?
If you are trying to get rid of these infections with conventional medicine by taking antibiotics, you are not only piling up the problems associated with antibiotic resistance, but you’re also not helping the healing mechanisms within your body to address the cause.
Peppermint oil and peppermint, contains menthol, a soothing ingredient known to promote free breathing and relaxes the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract.
Dried peppermint typically contains menthyl acetate, cineol, menthol, menthone and menthofuran. Peppermint oil also contains small amounts of many additional compounds including caryophyllene, limonene, pulegone and pinene.
Menthol is a fantastic decongestant when combined with the antihistamine effect of peppermint.
Lungwort is a tree – growing lichen that actually resembles lung tissue in appearance. However, this natural remedy doesn’t just look the part. All the way since 1600s, lungwort has been used to clear congestion and promote respiratory and lung health.
Eucalyptus isn’t just for Koala bears, even though it is native to Australia! Americans, Aborigines and Germans have all used the refreshing aroma of eucalyptus to soothe throat irritation and promote respiratory health.
Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in syrups and cough lozenges and it is effective because of its compound called cineole. Cineole has numerous benefits — fights congestion, it’s an expectorant, soothes irritated sinus passages and it can ease a cough. Even more, eucalyptus supports the immune system during a cold or other illness, because it contains antioxidants.
One of the more widely consumed herbs in the world is licorice. It occurs in more formulas than any other single herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, because it is thought to harmonize the action of all other herbs.
Licorice is very soothing and softens the mucous membranes of the throat and especially the stomach and lungs and at the same time cleanses any inflamed mucous membrane that needs immune system support.
Native Americans have been traditionally using Coltsfoot for thousands of years to strengthen the lungs. It clears out excess mucus from the bronchial tubes and lungs. It has been shown in recent researches to assist with bronchitis, coughs, soothes the mucus membranes in the lungs, asthma and helps with other lung ailments. Coltsfoot is available as an alcohol extract known as a tincture or in dried form for tea.