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5 Herbs For Respiratory Health That You Need To Know About
We are profoundly lucky to live close to central Otago and its abundance of wild thyme. We hero this amazing plant in our Chest Tonic, Throat Spray, Defence Elixir as well as Fire Cider. Thyme has been used traditionally for years as it is an incredible herb for respiratory health, supporting both the chest and airways. It has anti microbial, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties that can support not only the lungs but digestive and skin systems. You can take thyme as a tea, a tincture, a glycetract or simply infuse it in honey and take when needed.
Kumerahou's expectorant action is from the saponins which are a main active constituent of this plant. Saponins help to dissolve things (a bit like a soap) so this is how it can help to clear and support your breathing. Traditionally in Rongoā, kumerahou was used internally for anything to do with breathing. Visually, it has beautiful yellow flowers and is found mostly in the North Island, but you can find it as a tincture or in a tea.
Luckily for us, it is another amazing plant that grows prolifically in Central Otago. In techy speak, horehound helps to support the laryngeal and bronchial mucous membranes. When you take white horehound its stimulant action works on the mucus production in the body, and helps the body to get rid of it. This plant works on both the upper and lower sections of the respiratory system and also contains anti microbial properties.
Akeake may not be that well known to you but it has been used traditionally for hundreds of years. Akeake contains active constituents that are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, febrifuge (fever reducing) & diaphoretic, antispasmodic. So what that means is that is can help with ‘ills and chills’, issues around pain and fever and also supports relaxed breathing.
This is why we’ve added it to the list of amazing herbs for respiratory health. This plant is definitely one to know about when you are wanting to support your lungs. You can take this plant as a tincture, tea or in a tonic. We celebrate akeake in our amazing Chest Tonic and Anti-Flam.
As well as this list of herbs for respiratory health here are some other things you can do to help!
- Reducing or quitting smoking. Your lungs are pretty strong and can withstand a bit but if you can reduce any extra stress on them I am guessing they would be happy about that.
- Improve or increase your whole food intake. Vegetables and fruits are high in antioxidants, antioxidants although a bit of a buzz word are really helpful to stop or reduce oxidative damage. We get oxidative damage just by breathing and living so it is not avoidable - pollution, general things we eat, drink or put on our skin adds to the damage so if you can eat as many bright vegetables or fruit it can really help.
- Exercise. Getting outside in fresh air and breathe deeply. It can help strengthen the muscles around the lungs that help you breathe.
- Use a vapouriser if you need help to reduce coughing at night. It can help add some humidity into the air which can help with coughing fits at night, you can add essential oils too if you wish.
- Take a preventative tonic. We have formulated our Cspecifically with herbs that support respiratory health and it can be taken every day or acutely if you are unwell. The plants within this formula all work synergistically to help support relaxed breathing as well as helping to support your immune system.