The period of bacterial and viral infections is in full force, and people are increasingly suffering from symptoms that affect the lungs and respiratory tract. Natural medicines not only improve lung health, but also treat disease by healing the entire respiratory system. Here are the top 5 plants to clean the lungs and stop cough, bronchitis and asthma!
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Which plants clean the lungs?
In the past herbs have always been used as alternative medicine to treat ailments, but today even doctors recommend natural healing. Herbal remedies can dramatically improve the health of your lungs. Here are the herbal teas to use this winter to forget the symptoms of respiratory problems!
What is the best herbal tea for the lungs? Thyme
Thyme, whether grown in the garden or in the wild, has been one of the cornerstones of traditional European pharmacopoeia since antiquity. With a high content of thymol and flavonoids, this herb is reputed to have antiseptic and antifungal properties. It has traditionally been attributed with many respiratory health benefits, including relief of coughing fits, treatment of sore throats, and expectorant action, thus helping to detoxify the lungs and helping people with asthma and allergies to breathe easier.
Thyme herbal tea recipe
- 3 sprigs of fresh thyme (or 2 sprigs of dried thyme)
- 1 1/2 cup boiling water
Place the sprigs of thyme in a teacup. Pour in about 1 1/2 cups of boiling water, cover and steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the sprigs before drinking.
How to clean the lungs quickly? Spruce
A relative of the pine, with which it is often confused, the spruce is a very popular Christmas tree. It contains terpenes that are of particular interest to naturopathic physicians and herbalists. These metabolites are considered to have antiseptic and expectorant properties, and help loosen mucus in the lungs.
Spruce Tea Recipe
- 1 cup rinsed spruce twigs or needles
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- lime wedge
- 3 cups boiling water
Steep the needles in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Adjust the aroma to taste with honey and fresh lime.
Green tea: lung herbal tea
Green tea also has an excellent reputation. It is rich in antioxidant flavonoids called catechins, one of which, epigallocatechin gallate, may specifically help reduce lung damage.
Green tea recipe
Boil water in a teapot or saucepan. As soon as the water begins to boil, turn it off and add the tea powder. Let it soak for 3-4 minutes.
Strain the tea powder and add the sugar/honey. Also add a pinch of cardamom powder and enjoy your cup of tea.
How to remove mucus from the lungs? Eucalyptus
A large tree native to Australia, eucalyptus contains an active substance called eucalyptol, which is used in traditional medicine to treat respiratory problems. Containing volatile essential oils, eucalyptol may have a beneficial effect on the fluidity of mucus in the lungs, thus improving the function of the bronchi. Traditionally, it is used either as an infusion or as an inhalation.
Measure about 1 teaspoon of dried, crushed eucalyptus leaves into the bottom of your teacup. Heat water until it boils. Allow it to cool for at least a full minute to reduce the temperature. Then, pour about 1 cup of water on your tea leaves. Let steep for up to 10 minutes.
Which plants clean the lungs? Ginger
Last but not least in this list of herbs that support the lungs is ginger. Thanks to one of its most powerful active substances, gingerol, this amazing root is used in herbal medicine in many ways.
- 3 cm/1 inch fresh ginger (no need to peel it), cut into small pieces.
- 1 cup of water
- Optional herbs (choose only one): 1 cinnamon stick, a piece of fresh turmeric or several sprigs of fresh mint
- Optional additions: 1 thin slice of fresh lemon or orange, and/or 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup, to taste
Combine the sliced ginger and water in a saucepan over high heat. If you add a cinnamon stick, fresh turmeric, or fresh mint, add them now. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the fire. Carefully pour the mixture through a sieve into a heatproof liquid measuring cup, or directly into a mug. If desired, serve with a wedge of lemon and/or a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.