Native Americans are renowned for their medicinal plant knowledge. It is rumoured they first started using plants and herbs for healing after watching animals eat certain plants when they were sick. In order to protect these plants from over harvesting, the medicine men used to pick every third plant they found. Here are the most versatile plants the Native Americans used in their everyday lives.
The Mullein plant is native to Europe, but later made way to the USA. In the USA, it is more of an invasive weed. It grows rapidly in abandoned fields and highway sides.
Mullein is my absolute favorite when it comes to all things lung related. This gentle herb seems to focus its energy in a very effective way in the lungs, and it gets to work fast!
Mullein helps remove any 'gunk' from with the lungs via its gentle yet thorough expectorant abilities. It helps the lungs purge themselves of mucous and phlegm that have taken their fill of toxins, pollutants, and foreign matter so that it can be given healthy replacements.
Mullein has been traditionally as a tonic tea by people with asthma, COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, inflammation, respiratory allergies, recurring congestion, smoker's cough, exercise-induced lung strain, and anxiety-related breathing issues.
Mullein is calming, soothing, comforting, and very grounding. The tea on its own is actually very pleasant for those who like an 'earthy' taste in their tea. When combined with herbs that have stronger flavor profiles, the flavor of mullein will usually be lost.
Plantain has been the go to- cleansing herbs for years. We love the way it tastes, smells, and looks- and there's just something that strikes my intuition about this herb. I find it to be deeply comforting and reassuring, and I think you will too.
Another blessing plantain brings to the all-important mucous lining is help in the area of inflammation, infection, and weakness. If there are small inflammatory cycles or even lingering infections in the lungs, plantain can help get them healed.
While you're enjoying the gentle and deep detox plantain gives your lungs, your entire body is also benefitting. Plantain helps cleanse and detoxify the blood so that it works better with the lungs and with all the other organs and functions of the body.
Plantain and Mullein herbs cover most of the essential functions of the lungs and help cleanse, clear, soothe, and heal in the gentlest yet most powerful way. As you read, these herbs are all extremely safe and can be used with confidence when it comes to brewing herbal tea.
These herbs have been chosen because they work together in perfect synergy. Mullein reaches up with its tall, lanky stalk to harness air energy and get the lungs working well again while grounded plantain stays low to the ground and finds peace in the earth. It offers deep and thorough cleansing on many levels.
Oregano contains numerous vitamins and nutrients suitable for the body's defences, but its primary benefits are due to carvacrol and rosemary acid. Both compounds act to reduce nasal congestion and reduce histamine by purifying the air we breathe. Oregano has many health benefits that everyone should have an organic oregano oil bottle in their home.
Thyme helps fight respiratory infections and is a natural expectorant that serves as an antiseptic and helps expel mucus. It's also good for soothing coughs and fighting nasal congestion. Prepare it as a tea. Put a teaspoon of thyme in boiling water, let it stand for 10 minutes and then strain.
Derived from the popular Asian spice turmeric, curcumin has proven itself to be very effective at preventing airway inflammation. This is a major benefit for the COPD sufferers who are seeking a safe and effective natural remedy. Even when taken in high doses, this powerful herb doesn’t cause any major side effects. Even people who are already dealing with mucous secretions can benefit from taking curcumin. It can quickly begin to clear their lungs, which means easier breathing.
Lemon balm is known for its ability to relieve stress and tension throughout the entire body and mind-but it focuses on the respiratory system and emotions. Many herbalists use lemon balm to treat asthma for this reason. This wonderful herb, often called 'the elixir of life',helps cut down on inflammation in the lungs which is welcome for anyone who's lungs have begin healing from years of smoking.
Ginger is a potent spice that has been extensively studied for its medicinal properties, especially when it comes to lung health. ginger is effective at decreasing lung damage and protecting against inflammation and excess oxygen levels.
Not everyone is a fan of peppermint, but this is an essential herb to cover for a few reasons. First, it's great flavour enhancer for fans of mint. Second, it does some amazing things for the lungs. Third, it's an easy and affordable herb to use that has a variety of applications in everyday life, so it's a great herb to have on hand. If you aren't a peppermint fan, have no fear. You can either use such a small amount in your tea blends that you don't even taste it, or you can replace it with one of the other alternatives I'll share next.
Peppermint added to your herbal tea lung detox brings flavour and fragrance,. This herb is packed with personality, and it helps soothe the body, melt away tension, relax the mind, and open the lungs.
Your lungs are an integral and living part of the body. The more you care for them, strengthen them and even listen to them- the healthier they will be! Working with the healing power of herbal tea while taking proactive steps to love your lungs is a true life changer. As your lungs heal and strengthen, you may just find that other parts of your body, mind, emotions and life do the same.
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