Tea for respiratory health

Can Tea Help You Breathe Easier if You Have Asthma? Plus 7 Teas Worth Trying

A giant mug of hot tea seems to have endless healing benefits, from soothing an upset stomach to boosting mood, but can it help with respiratory diseases like asthma? The internet seems to think so: Plug “teas for asthma” into a search engine and you’ll find thousands of results hyping tea after tea for better-functioning lungs.

Researchers, like the scientists behind a review published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, have acknowledged dozens of different herbs and natural substances that have been used for centuries around the globe, sometimes in tea form, to support respiratory health.

Yet very few scientists have investigated whether natural remedies really help people with asthma. As for research looking specifically at tea and asthma, “I haven’t been able to find a single study,” says John Mark, MD, clinical professor of pediatric pulmonary medicine at Stanford University in California.

Clearly teas can’t replace daily maintenance or rescue asthma medication, but experts agree there’s virtually no harm in adding certain teas to your routine. “All types of cultures have used teas like licorice, eucalyptus, and ginger for respiratory symptoms, and we haven’t seen people having adverse reactions to them,” says Dr. Mark.

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The Caffeine and Asthma Connection

There is one component of certain tea varieties that has been studied for its respiratory effects: caffeine.

According to Karina Keogh, MD, a pulmonologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, caffeine may help relax smooth muscles, like those in the lungs, and act as a bronchodilator, helping open airways.

In fact, caffeine shares some similarities with a drug called theophylline, used to treat asthma for years before the development of the drugs primarily utilized today, says Dr. Keogh.

Though caffeine’s impact on lung function seems to be modest, research has identified it as legitimate. One prior study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, for example, concluded, “Caffeine appears to improve airways function modestly in people with asthma for up to four hours.”

The study found that even a low dose of caffeine had a noticeable impact on asthma patients’ performance in lung function tests, starting with amounts as low as 5 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per 1 kilogram of body weight. (That’s about 340 mg of caffeine for a 150-pound person.)

But although the researchers considered 340 mg to be a “low” dose of caffeine, that’s around three 8-ounce (oz) cups of coffee or seven cups of black tea — which may not feel so low to some people.

The researchers note that while caffeine may mildly improve short-term lung function, more evidence is needed to understand whether this small improvement is associated with a better quality of life, and to see how caffeine tolerance changes this impact over time.

That said, Keogh and other experts believe that asthmatics should avoid caffeinated drinks for several hours prior to pulmonary function testing in order to avoid skewing results.

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7 Teas That May Help With Your Asthma

If you’re experiencing mild asthma symptoms or notice that a minor illness, like a cold, or exposure to fog or pollution have made your lungs a little more sensitive or tighter than usual, try two or three cups of tea throughout the day and see if it helps, Mark suggests. (Again, this is in addition to your usual medication.)

Mark recommends selecting a reputable brand of tea like Numi, Buddha Teas, or Traditional Medicinals to ensure your mug contains the highest-quality ingredients.

1. Licorice Tea

Made from licorice root, this sweet-tasting tea has long been used as a remedy for lung ailments like asthma.

According to Mark, licorice makes saliva thicken and triggers mucus production, which can gently coat and soothe airways. This effect is especially helpful when a nagging cough threatens to trigger asthma symptoms.

A caveat: When used long-term, licorice can raise blood pressure. Mark recommends looking for a tea labeled DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice), indicating that the blood pressure-raising compound has been removed.

2. Ginger Tea

“Ginger tea has been used for centuries for asthma and we believe its potential benefits have to do with its anti-inflammatory properties,” says Mark, who suggests ginger may help relax the smooth muscles in lungs.

3. Eucalyptus Tea

Eucalyptus has long been thought to have a muscle-relaxing effect, which is why it’s used in airway-opening rubs and salves. Some people with irritable bowel issues even utilize it to soothe their digestive tracts. In this same way, eucalyptus tea may have an anti-spasmodic (muscle-easing) effect on lungs and support easier breathing.

Just note that if you have reflux issues, eucalyptus tea can exacerbate symptoms by relaxing the muscles that prevent gastric acid from creeping up the lower esophagus.

4. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint works like eucalyptus, says Mark: While it may open airways, it can backfire on people with reflux.

5. Fennel Tea

Another herb traditionally considered to be an anti-spasmodic, fennel might provide some lung relief when taken in tea form, Mark says.

6. Green Tea

Green tea, which typically contains about 27 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving, may be worth trying if you’re looking to reap the mild respiratory benefits of caffeine.

7. Black Tea

Black tea, which can contain closer to 50 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving, may also offer some modest benefits for drinkers looking to temporarily improve lung function.

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Growing up as a child with extreme asthma, I spent my initial herbal learning years trying to understand the whats and whys of this condition. Was it stress, weak immune system, our animals, what? I grew up in a non smoking home with a health freak mother and an environment that was cleaner than any hospital. So why was I having such a hard time. Ultimately, I believe it was stress induced asthma, and I had to find a way to control it.

So, being dependent on an inhaler for what seemed most of my childhood, and despising that I felt ‘addicted’ to this silly breathing apparatus, I searched for alternatives. I first turned to eucalyptus essential oil to ease my breathing troubles. I found that by simply inhaling straight from the bottle, my whole body relaxed. This was simply amazing to me. I mean really…it really was amazing. I had control for the first time, not my inhaler. So now that I could relax enough to catch my breath, I thought, maybe I needed to strengthen my lungs and immune system. I was on the hunt for herbs and oils that were going to help me breath. I so wanted to just breath. Sounds silly to those who have never suffered an asthma attack, but for those who have, not being able to breath is hell.

I spent my time learning about asthma and what triggers it. Asthma can caused by all sorts of things such as allergens from foods, food additives, pollen, mold, dust, mites, and pet dander, smoke, air pollution and toxins, colds, flu, or pneumonia, strenuous exercise, weather; such as extreme changes in temperature, drugs, and even emotional stress and anxiety. There is also often a strong link between seasonal allergies and bronchial asthma. Those with other respiratory disorders such as chronic sinusitis, middle ear infections, and nasal polyps were also likely to have nighttime awakening due to asthma.

That was me, I had numerous ear infections and tubes put in my ears three times. I grew up in the city with all kinds of little pets and I’m sure there was pollen in the air and what not, but I really believe it was emotional stress, as stress is the one things I have manage to eradicate from my life. I strive to live simple, silly, happy and stress free… period. But the good news is, that I have over come my daily asthma and when I do have trouble breathing (usually after weed eating/heavy yard work, or sometimes during outdoor activities in the cold or snow) I am now better equipped to control it.

Below are some herbs and essential oils I have found over the years to be very useful between and during an asthma attack. Learn about them, they may be helpful for you.

Herbal Remedies

There are herbs that will reduce attacks by strengthening the lungs and the immune systems as well as calming and relaxing.

Angelica – possess anti-inflammatory properties and increases immune system function; which is why the root is often used in treating allergies as well.

Anise – often an ingredient in cough syrups and lozenges as an expectorant, which means it helps in the coughing up of mucus in conditions like asthma, bronchitis, the common cold and whooping cough.

Coltsfoot – since the principal active ingredient in the plant is a throat-soothing mucilage, it has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant and remedy for asthma and bronchial congestion.

Elecampane – long valued as a tonic herb for the respiratory system. It is often used as a specific remedy for chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma. Elecampane soothes the bronchial tube linings and acts as an expectorant.

Horehound – anti-inflammatory and is often used to treat respiratory aliments such as asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough.

Licorice – has been used traditionally to restore breathing and calm the breathing passageways.

Lobelia – is a bronchodilator and antispasmodic which explains its popularity as a medicinal herb for asthma, spasmodic croup, pneumonia and whooping cough. It is thought to stimulate the respiratory center of the brain resulting in deeper and stronger breathing.

Marshmallow – a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant. The soothing and healing properties that are found in the mucilage in marshmallow make it a valuable herb for many lung ailments such as asthma.

Motherwort – decreases the severity of lung spasms but also reduce anxiety, thus lessening the chance of an attack.

Mullein – contains antiseptic agents and is mostly used today for chest ailments including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy and whooping cough.

Passionflower – decreases the severity of lung spasms but also reduce anxiety, thus lessening the chance of an attack.

Skullcap – due to its anti-spasmodic and sedative effects, it is also great for treating throat infections and incessant coughing.

Slipper Elm – has anti-inflammation and anti-irritant properties and is often recommended for lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, sore throats, coughs, pleurisy, or lung bleeding.

Turmeric – powerful anti-inflammatory and it is believed to reduce inflammation. Shows a similar efficacy to cortisone.

Wild Cherry – is an expectorant, antispasmodic, and antitussive. These properties indicate its usefulness as a preparation for bronchitis or whooping cough and can be helpful in coughs that accompany pneumonia. It is also helpful in coughs with influenza, where there is associated shortness of breath and or wheezing.

Aromatherapy Remedies

Aromatherapy can also be very beneficial in controlling asthma as a number of essential oils have healing properties that reduce inflammation, encourage emotional balance, ease pain, discomfort and the struggle to breathe, and cause bronchodilation.

**Always check with a trained aromatherapist when choosing the appropriate essential oils for treatment of asthma.

Bergamot – anti-inflammatory and is reputed to strengthen the immune system and combat tension and anxiety.

Chamomile- anti-inflammatory and some studies have shown chamomile to slow allergic reactions, such as those that trigger asthma attacks.

Clary Sage – sedative and anti-inflammatory properties contains several estrogen-like oils that, when blended together, work for this condition. Blend these oils together for a massage oil or add them to bath water.

Eucalyptus – reduces swelling in the mucus membranes. A valuable oil for fighting respiratory inflammation.

Lavender – is relaxing, calming, anti-inflammatory and a gentle antispasmodic that soothes and comfort distress. Facial steams help open airways and the lavender can quickly relax lung spasms.

Pine Needle – in the bath or in steam inhalation or in a diffuser, will help reduce the incidence of attacks.

Rose Absolute – is an antispasmodic oil and can be used in steam inhalation to calm attacks due to stress.

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Disclaimer – The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

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Here Is Why Breathe Relax Tea Is Great For Asthma

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It can be extremely challenging to live with a chronic disease like asthma. Apart from the daily constraints associated with a perennial illness, the constant use of pharmaceutical drugs can be exhausting, cumbersome and expensive.

Consequently, the majority of individuals are looking for alternative routes, like home remedies and herbal antidotes to treat the symptoms of asthma.

Research shows that almost 80% of individuals from all around the world rely on herbal products and supplements for some form of primary health care. Despite the lack of definitive study, the majority of these herbal treatments has shown promising potential.

Breathe relax tea is also becoming increasingly popular amongst asthmatic patients as an invaluable additional supplement to the asthmatic medications.

Regular intake of the herbal tea can have a marked impact on your symptoms. It enables you to inhibit the effects of the disease with a more holistic approach.

Asthma and its prevalence:

Asthma is a disease of the air passage that makes breathing difficult. It can cause temporary narrowing of the airways due to inflammation. The constriction of the air passage triggers symptoms of asthma including wheezing, coughing, breathlessness, and chest tightness.

The exact cause of this ailment is unknown. But the risk factors associated with asthma include genetics, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, existing allergic conditions and excessive smoking.

Spending a lot of time indoors can reduce your ability to develop an effective immune system and increase exposure to certain irritants (such as dust mites, pet hair, old spurs, etc.) that accumulate indoors.

Treatments for the disease include quick relief and long-term control.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 13 people has asthma. It continues to be a severe public health concern in America where approximately 25 million people live with this condition. The disease affects 8.4% of children in America and is the leading chronic disease in children.

Furthermore, the annual economic cost of asthma is more than a staggering $56 billion. This amount includes medical expenses, loss of work and school absences, etc.

Breathe relax tea and its advantages for asthma:

Breathe relax tea is an invigorating and soothing blend of organic herbs, which are beneficial for the upper respiratory tract health.

It provides instant relief from nasal congestion and other symptoms associated with the common cold, hay fever, sinusitis, asthma and other respiratory allergies. It opens up the nasal passage, reduces mucus and restores normal breathing. It is also useful to mitigate chest complaints such as coughs, catarrhs, and bronchitis.

Breathe relax tea combines the most beneficial ingredients. A cup a day will improve your symptoms.

Buddha’s Herbs Premium Breathe Relax tea with Eucalyptus is a lively blend formulated by the Master Blenders of Europe. It is an aromatic and fragrant concoction of Anise seed, Thyme, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Tubi Blossoms, which appeases the senses. Each of these ingredients serves a primary purpose to assuage the asthmatic symptoms:

Anise seeds: They have been used in homeopathic remedies for asthma for thousands of years. It is useful for treating a wide range of respiratory illnesses including asthma. A study conducted in the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil determined the use of anise as an antispasmodic (soothes bronchial muscles).

Thyme: It is also very effective in treating asthma. It promotes unrestricted airflow by calming and soothing distressed bronchial tissues. It also ensures healthy and clear lungs, and reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks. There are preliminary studies that support the use of thyme extracts to reduce asthma symptoms.

Peppermint: It is one of the most ancient European herbs used for medicinal purposes. It acts as an expectorant and can provide relief for asthma symptoms like coughing.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil is highly useful for treating respiratory problems like asthma. It is a proven treatment for asthma symptoms as it dilated the blood vessels, allowing more oxygen to reach into the lungs.

When added together, these 5 ingredients create a powerful blend called breathe relax tea that improves asthma symptoms and also enhances overall health.

Here’s why natural remedies like breathe relax tea are better than asthma medications

The primary treatments for asthma are steroids. Long-term control medicines for asthma are taken every day to prevent the systems and reduce the number of attacks. They are effective in reducing inflammation in the airways as well as help improve asthma control.

However, prolonged use of these medications such as inhaled corticosteroids can decrease bone density, increase the risk of cataracts and induce hypertension. Corticosteroids are also immunosuppressive, i.e., they suppress the adrenal functions allowing the skin to bruise easily.

Systemic steroids are used to treat acute asthma attacks. Long-term use of systemic steroids can cause side effects including acne, weakness, weight gain, mood swings, nausea, vomiting, headache, and diarrhea or constipation.

Dr. John Mills, chief of infectious disease at San Francisco General, said:

“Conventional drugs used for treating asthma, particularly steroids, can impair immune function and lead to more serious health problems. Doctors tell you that steroids only cause side effects after many years. But new research shows that permanent damage is immediate and devastating.”

On the other hand, breathe relax tea is made with all-natural ingredients that have no side effects at all. It is safe to consume the tea daily to inhibit the symptoms of asthma and to avoid the risk associated with continuous use of asthma medications.

Conclusion:

Asthma can be controlled and managed with lifestyle and dietary changes to a certain extent. Avoid exposure to allergens, pollutants, and irritants. Improve your diet by incorporating more fruits, and vegetables in your daily intake. Learn to deal with stress and anxiety that may trigger an asthma attack. Finally, include the use of herbal teas in your daily routine.

However, it is important to understand that these are not a permanent replacement for medical treatments. You may need medical intervention to treat the symptoms of asthma especially in cases of the persistent and severe onslaught.

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How to treat Asthma with Natural Remedies and Herbs

Asthma is a severe respiratory condition that is brought about by the inflammation and constriction of the air tubes. Although many people suffer from this disorder (an estimated 26 million in America alone) it can be managed quite easily.

Asthma attacks are commonly triggered by cold air, allergies, stress, respiratory infections, food preservatives and the likes. Scientists don’t know the exact cause of asthma. However, several factors can escalate your chances of contracting this disorder. They include excessive smoking, obesity and genetics.
These common symptoms will help you detect asthma:

• Coughing
• Wheezing (mostly during expiration)
• A difficulty in breathing
• Developing tightness around the chest
• Shortness of breath

These symptoms can be controlled by strict dietary and lifestyle changes as well as certain natural herbs for asthma. Have a look at some herbs for asthma you can use:

Ginger

This famous herb can act as a natural cure for asthma. It contains anti-inflammatory compounds which diminish inflammation of the airways and prevent airway contraction.

Some studies suggest that several compounds found in ginger contribute to the relaxation of muscles in the bronchia, inhibiting the resultant constriction that occurs during asthma attacks.

There are many ways to take this herbal medicine for asthma. Consult your physician first before purchasing ginger supplements.

Oregano

The anti-inflammatory properties contained in Oregano makes it one of the best herbal remedies for asthma.

This herb contains flavonoids, carvacrol and terpenes that act as natural lung cleansers. By drinking 3 cups of the delicious oregano tea every day, you can fight off asthma symptoms. Each cup requires 3 teaspoons of grounded oregano simmered in hot water for about 10 minutes. Add some honey, stir and drink the mixture.
Oregano is a great natural cure for asthma since it reduces inflammation within the bronchial tracts.

Bishop’s Weed

This herb, also known as Ajwain or Carom Seeds, is an effective herbal medicine for cancer.

Bishop’s weed has strong antispasmodic properties which help relieve the symptoms of asthma by soothing inflamed airways. The herb can also treat whooping cough, bronchitis and a myriad of other cardiovascular diseases.

Stinging nettle

This herb can help treat allergy-induced asthma. It contains naturally-occurring anti-inflammatory as well as antihistamine properties, both of which help to unblock constricted nasal passages and air ways.

The stinging nettle is used to make one of the best natural supplements for cancer. You can either mix it with honey and water to make herbal tea or buy nettle supplements.

Garlic

This herb is a darling to the Chinese people, and is even incorporated in most of their medicine. Garlic has potent anti-inflammatory compounds that clear any congestion looming in your lungs.

It also has antiviral and antibiotic properties that work to enhance your body’s immunity and fight off infections which can cause asthma. It’s most effective when eaten raw.

Licorice

Most herbs for asthma work by reducing inflammation of the bronchial tubes or lungs.

Licorice is no different. It has anti-inflammatory compounds that calm the lungs and air passages to restore normal inhalation. You can take this herb as tea or as supplements for asthma. However, licorice should be avoided by individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes or liver/kidney issues.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an antihistamine herb that has been found to ease allergies.

Histamines are harmful compounds that normally cause inflammation. Scientists are still researching on whether turmeric can create an effective herbal medicine for asthma, but the findings so far are positive.

Lemongrass

Many traditional medicines incorporate lemongrass to treat coughs and other respiratory infections.

It’s therefore not surprising that this herb is also used to treat asthma. It contains antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory compounds that help fight diseases and eradicate inflammation. Lemongrass tea can help mitigate asthma symptoms.

Supplements for Asthma

Scientists have hinted that certain supplements can help manage asthma attacks.

Antioxidant supplements can help asthmatic people breathe more easily, while vitamin C helps control the symptoms of this disorder. Magnesium, zinc and fish oils can also help manage and treat asthma.
These supplements, however, should be taken only after getting a go-ahead from your doctor. Extra measures you can take to manage asthma include:

  • Avoid smoking, pollution and other environmental allergens.
  • Regular cleaning of your home (wear a mask during cleaning).
  • Work out regularly and come up with a strict exercise regimen. Yoga helps too.
  • Avoid processed foods, fried foods, refined carbs and artificial additives.
  • Eat meals that are rich in vitamin B12.
  • Avoid exercising in cold or dry air. Warming up prior to exercising always helps.

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It may be time to spice up your asthma treatment. A few components of ginger root appear to relax the airway tissues that tighten up during an attack, finds research presented at the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference held in Philadelphia during May 17-22, 2013.

The walls of the airways that carry oxygen to and from your lungs are lined with a type of muscle tissue called airway smooth muscle, or ASM, according to the research. Using ASM in a laboratory setting, a team from Columbia University simulated an asthma attack by dousing samples with a compound designed to tighten them up. Next, the researchers exposed the asthmatic tissue to mixtures containing three different ginger molecules. Here’s what they discovered: All three ginger components significantly relaxed the ASM tissue, which translates to wider airways and easier breathing during an asthma attack, the research shows.

What’s so special about ginger? Your lungs contain an enzyme called PDE4D. During an asthma attack, that enzyme disrupts the natural processes that would normally relax ASM tissue and ease breathing. But some ginger molecules appear to block PDE4D and prevent it from messing with your airways and muscle tissue, explains researcher Elizabeth Townsend, PhD, a member of Columbia’s department of anesthesiology.

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The ginger molecules used in the Columbia study make up 30 to 40 percent of ginger root, and so it’s very possible eating or drinking foods containing ginger could ease breathing caused by asthma, Townsend says. But she stresses that her research only examined the effects of ginger root on airway tissues in a lab setting. “We’re still not sure how ginger you consume is metabolized, or how much of its molecules are available to your airways,” she says.

Her point: During your next asthma attack, don’t reach for ginger root instead of your inhaler. It’s possible that adding grated ginger to your recipes or sipping ginger tea could ease your asthma symptoms. But until researchers like Townsend have completed clinical trials, ginger shouldn’t replace any of your other asthma therapies.

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Discover these amazing methods of using ginger for treating asthma. You can ginger in raw, dry and fresh forms to get rid of asthma. Let’s get started.

Method – 1: (Ginger Tea)

Ginger eliminates the phlegm causing itching in the throat and relaxes your airways to get rid of asthma.

  • Rinse a fresh ginger root piece and peel it off.
  • Slice it and pour it in a pan filled with water.
  • Boil it for about 7 – 10 minutes and strain it.
  • Then add a little honey and lemon juice to the tea and stir it.
  • Drink this ginger tea for 1 – 2 times daily till you get relief from asthma.

Note:

  • Also, consume raw ginger either normally or sprinkling some salt over it (or) drink a little ginger juice (or) use it in your diet like soups, salads, gravies, candies, etc.
  • Or mix 1 teaspoon of ground ginger in 1 ½ cups of water and consume 1 tablespoon of this mix at night before bedtime on daily basis.

Method – 2: (Ginger with Pomegranate and Honey)

Pomegranate has rich of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the inflammation. This combination will help to improve the blood circulation and thus open up the blocked airways causing asthma.

  • Add 1 teaspoon each of fresh ginger juice, pomegranate juice, and raw honey and stir well.
  • Consume 1 tablespoon of this mix for 2 – 3 times daily till you get best results.

Method – 3: (Ginger with Fenugreek Seeds and Honey)

This combinational process helps a lot in treating many respiratory problems, including asthma.

  • Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in enough water for overnight.
  • Strain the seeds in the next morning to prepare a decoction and dry the seeds.
  • Then mix fresh ginger juice, fenugreek a decoction and raw honey in a bowl.
  • Stir well and drink it twice daily (once in the morning and once in evening) till you cleared the blocked airways.

Method – 4: (Ginger with Walnuts)

According to Chinese medication, this combination is very effective in clearing the excess phlegm from your lungs and thus reduces your cough by clearing airways.

  • Grind 3 walnuts and 3 slices of fresh ginger slices to make a paste.
  • Place this mix in a cup of warm water and let it steep for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Stir and drink this tea in every night before bedtime.

Note: Or simply consume the walnut – ginger paste at night before bedtime on daily basis.

Method – 5: (Ginger with Lemongrass)

Lemongrass helps in curing respiratory conditions, including bronchial asthma. Cinnamon has many medicinal properties that clear chest congestion and relieves you from a cough, difficulty in breathing and sinus irritation.

Garlic helps for treating many respiratory disorders. So, this combination process is a perfect choice for treating asthma.

  • Add 2 teaspoons of dried lemongrass, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of grated ginger and 1 small cinnamon stick in a saucepan filled with 2 cups of water.
  • Boil it for 7 – 10 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Let it steep for another 5 minutes and strain the mix using a strainer.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon of raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to this tea.
  • Stir well and drink this tea once daily (or) 3 – 4 times weekly for best relief.

Note: Or boil 4 cups of water and add 1 stalk of sliced lemongrass and 1/4 cup of grated fresh ginger. Simmer for 10 minutes and turn off the heat. Add 2 teaspoons of herbal tea and strain it. Drink it by adding honey or lemon juice.

Courtesy by: http://diyremedies.org/

Natural ways to cleanse your lungs

Below, we look at breathing exercises and lifestyle changes that can help remove excess mucus from the lungs and improve breathing.

1. Steam therapy

Steam therapy, or steam inhalation, involves inhaling water vapor to open the airways and help the lungs drain mucus.

People with lung conditions may notice their symptoms worsening in cold or dry air. This climate can dry out the mucous membranes in the airways and restrict blood flow.

Conversely, steam adds warmth and moisture to the air, which may improve breathing and help loosen mucus inside the airways and lungs. Inhaling water vapor can provide immediate relief and help people breathe more easily.

A small study involving 16 males with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition that makes it harder to breathe, found that steam mask therapy led to significantly lower heart rates and respiratory rates than non-steam mask therapy.

However, the participants did not report lasting improvements in their respiratory function.

This therapy may be an effective temporary solution, but researchers need to do more research before they fully understand the benefits of steam therapy on lung health.

2. Controlled coughing

Share on PinterestControlled coughing can help send mucus through the airways.

Coughing is the body’s way of naturally expelling toxins that it has trapped in mucus. Controlled coughing loosens excess mucus in the lungs, sending it up through the airways.

Doctors recommend that people with COPD perform this exercise to help clear their lungs.

People can follow the steps below to cleanse their lungs of excess mucus:

  • sit down on a chair with the shoulders relaxed, keeping both feet flat on the floor
  • fold the arms over the stomach
  • slowly inhale through the nose
  • slowly exhale while leaning forward, pushing the arms against the stomach
  • cough 2 or 3 times while exhaling, keeping the mouth slightly open
  • slowly inhale through the nose
  • rest and repeat as necessary

3. Drain mucus from the lungs

Postural drainage involves lying in different positions to use gravity to remove mucus from the lungs. This practice may improve breathing and help treat or prevent lung infections.

Postural drainage techniques differ depending on the position:

1. On your back

  • Lie down on the floor or a bed.
  • Place pillows under the hips to ensure that the chest is lower than the hips.
  • Slowly inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Each exhale should take twice as long as the inhale, which is called 1:2 breathing.
  • Continue for a few minutes.

2. On your side

  • Lie on one side, resting the head on an arm or pillow.
  • Place pillows under the hips.
  • Practice the 1:2 breathing pattern.
  • Continue for a few minutes.
  • Repeat on the other side.

3. On your stomach

  • Place a stack of pillows on the floor.
  • Lie down with the stomach over the pillows. Remember to keep the hips above the chest.
  • Fold the arms under the head for support.
  • Practice the 1:2 breathing pattern.
  • Continue for a few minutes.

4. Exercise

Regular exercise can improve people’s physical and mental health, and it decreases the risk of many health conditions, including stroke and heart disease.

Exercise forces the muscles to work harder, which increases the body’s breathing rate, resulting in a greater supply of oxygen to the muscles. It also improves circulation, making the body more efficient in removing the excess carbon dioxide that the body produces when exercising.

The body will start to adapt to meet the demands of regular exercise. The muscles will learn to use oxygen more efficiently and produce less carbon dioxide.

Although exercising may be more difficult for people with chronic lung conditions, these individuals can also benefit from regular exercise. People who have COPD, cystic fibrosis, or asthma should consult a healthcare professional before starting a new exercise regimen.

5. Green tea

Green tea contains many antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation in the lungs. These compounds may even protect lung tissue from the harmful effects of smoke inhalation.

A recent study involving more than 1,000 adults in Korea reported that people who drank at least 2 cups of green tea per day had better lung function than those who drank none.

6. Anti-inflammatory foods

Share on PinterestEating cherries can help fight inflammation.

Inflammation of the airways can make breathing difficult and cause the chest to feel heavy and congested. Eating anti-inflammatory foods can reduce inflammation to relieve these symptoms.

Foods that help fight inflammation include:

  • turmeric
  • leafy greens
  • cherries
  • blueberries
  • olives
  • walnuts
  • beans
  • lentils

Learn more about anti-inflammatory diets here.

7. Chest percussion

Percussion is another effective way to remove excess mucus from the lungs. A healthcare professional or respiratory therapist will use a cupped hand to rhythmically tap the chest wall to dislodge trapped mucus in the lungs.

Combining chest percussion and postural drainage can help clear the airways of excess mucus.

Recent Articles

1. Peppermint

The Scoop: Minty fresh breath is beneficial not only to those around you, but to your body, too. The American Cancer Society points to peppermint oil for treating ailments of the lungs, while recent research shows that the herb may help athletes breathe better. In an Iranian study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, participants who drank water spiked with peppermint essential oil had improved respiratory rates, probably because of the way the mint relaxed their bronchial muscles.

For Better Air: Add 3 to 4 drops to hot water for inhalation, which is the dosage recommended by the American Cancer Society. The amount used in the study, meanwhile, was 0.05 milliliters of peppermint oil in 500 milliliters of mineral water.

The Scoop: If just the thought of vacationing in Australia causes you to sigh deeply, there may a reason. Eucalyptus, which grows naturally in the Land Down Under, has been shown to prevent bronchitis flare-ups when combined with two other essential oils containing components of lime and pine. That also explains why cough drops often contain extracts of the eucalyptus plant.

For Better Air: Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of boiling water (place a towel over your head to make a tent to contain steam) then close your eyes and slowly breathe in the vapors for 10 minutes. A study in the Alternative Medicine Review notes this method is effective for easing symptoms of respiratory infections, rhinitis and sinusitis thanks to the oil’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Vitamin D

The Scoop: People who are deficient in vitamin D may be more likely to get respiratory tract infections, according to a recent report in Vitamins & Hormones. The study authors also point to the sunshine vitamin as a possible treatment for asthma.

See Also Why You Need More Vitamin D

For Better Air: While the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board recommends getting 600 IU of vitamin D daily, the tolerable upper intake level is 4,000 IU daily. Ask your health-care provider if a supplement is right for you.

4. Tea

The Scoop: In a Journal of Inflammation study using guinea pigs, the harmful effects of cigarette smoke – oxidative stress, inflammation, programmed cell death (apoptosis) and lung injury – were prevented by an infusion of black tea. Like many other food sources that can help improve lung health, it seems to be the tea’s high antioxidant content that provides the benefits.

For Better Air: Choose black tea over black coffee as a morning warm-up or an afternoon pick-me-up.

5. Whey protein

The Scoop: Can whey guide the way to a clearer respiratory system? At least one study has reported that supplementing with whey based products can help patients with cystic fibrosis. That’s because whey increases levels of glutathione, an antioxidant that defends against damage to the lungs.

For Better Air: Add 10 grams whey protein isolate twice daily, the amount used in the study, to your diet.

6. Apples

The Scoop: An apple a day may keep lung problems at bay, a recent report out of London reveals. Researchers from St. George’s Hospital Medical School discovered that among 2,500 study participants, those who had five or more apples per week had slightly better overall lung function. Quercetin, an antioxidant found in apples, may help protect the lungs against smoke and other pollutants.

For Better Air: Pick organic apples over other fruits as a late-afternoon snack (apples have also been shown to improve alertness).

7. Blueberries

The Scoop: Lately, the news on blues has been good, with studies linking the berries to improved heart health, sharper brains and even slimmer waistlines. Now, researchers reveal that blueberries – which pack more antioxidant punch than most other produce – may reduce the harmful effects of air pollution. In an observational study presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in 2014, scientists found that changes in heart function during heavy smog days around Boston tended to be less likely among elderly male participants who had recently eaten flavonoid-rich foods such as blueberries. (Chocolate and wine are also full of flavonoids, but contain more calories, which could counteract the benefits.) It’s suspected that flavonoids may help regulate the immune system and even “reprogram genes” to protect you against air pollution.

See Also Feeling Foggy? Try Blueberries!

For Better Air: Add 3/4 cup blueberries (the amount consumed each day in the study) to Greek yogurt, smoothies and salads, or just pop them plain.

Good nutrition is essential for good health, no-one can deny that. The concept of the need to detoxify your body has been around for a number of years now but, to date, only lip service has been paid to it. In today’s “modern” world it is fair to say that detoxifying your body on a regular basis is an essential adjunct to a healthy diet, due to the fact that there are tens of thousands of chemicals that we come into contact with over our lifetime (and which haven’t been independently and scientifically proven to be safe) via the foods we eat (herbicides, pesticides and GMOs), beauty products, medications, air pollution, smoking etc and which our organs need extra help in removing.

Reasons To Detox Your Lungs

The main task of the lungs, an essential respiratory organ, is to take in oxygen when we inhale and release carbon dioxide when we exhale. As your lungs never rest, it is important to keep them healthy. Cleansing the lungs on a regular basis is good practice due to the enormous array of chemicals that we come into contact with in modern times on a daily basis, as stated above.

A lung cleanse helps detoxify and cleanse the delicate respiratory linings of the bronchial passages and lungs which often have an accumulation of environmental toxins, harmful organisms and irritants. It promotes normal lung functioning, reduces any swelling and inflammation and rejuvenates lung vitality and strength. Furthermore, it helps to clear mucus from the airways and improves circulation to the lungs. It even helps treat chronic bronchitis, asthma, throat infections as well as bad breath. As you will see below, cleansing the lungs is not a particularly elaborate task. You can easily do it with some home remedies paired with lifestyle and dietary changes.

Ways to Help Keep Your Lungs Healthy

Below I list the top 8 ways to cleanse and detoxify your lungs:-

1. Castor Oil Packs

A castor oil pack stimulates waste elimination and helps draw toxins out of the lungs as well as the uterus, digestive system and liver. It even reduces inflammation and improves lymphatic circulation.

Use only organic, cold-pressed castor oil to make the pack. Soak two or three pieces of flannel in one cup of warm caster oil. Lie down on a large plastic sheet or towel. Put the soaked flannel over your chest and sides, covering the lung areas. Cover the flannels with a large plastic sheet for 1 – 2 hours. Ideally, if you have a heat pad place this over the lung area too to help keep the castor oil warm. Finally, remove the pack and rinse your body off with warm water to get rid of the residue.

Repeat twice a week for a month.

2. Oregano (organic)

Oregano is rich in compounds like carvacrol and terpenes that act as lung cleansing elements. The herb can help reduce inflammation and congestion in the lungs and improve nasal passage air flow and the health of your respiratory tract.

Drink two cups of oregano tea daily when suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems. You can make the tea by steeping fresh or dried oregano in hot water for about 5 minutes.

To detox your lungs, add a few drops of oregano oil to a glass of warm almond milk or tea and drink it at least once a day.

Another effective way to consume oregano, which is what I do, is by juicing fresh oregano with vegetables such as carrots, celery, apples and dark leafy greens or by sprinkling it on my salads.

3. Liquorice

Another effective herb that can cleanse your lungs is liquorice. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help reduce inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Furthermore, its antibacterial and anti-viral properties help prevent and treat mild lung infections as well as reduce lung irritation due to a sore throat, a dry cough or allergen exposure.

A study back in 2002 published in Planta Medica noted the antimycobacterial and anti-legionella activity of liquorice root in the treatment of severe lung infections.

Drink 2 – 3 cups of liquorice root tea for a few days when suffering from respiratory or lung problems. To make the tea, add one teaspoon of liquorice powder to a cup of hot water, cover and steep for 10 minutes.

Another option is to mix ½ teaspoon of liquorice powder with a little honey and have it twice daily for a few days.

NOTE: This herb may not be suitable for pregnant women, infants and people who have diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease or low potassium levels.

4. Ginger

Ginger is effective to detoxify your lungs because it contains several chemical compounds that help the lungs function more effectively by eliminating pollutants from the air passages before they irritate the lungs. It also improves blood circulation. Furthermore, ginger can even help in the treatment of lung cancer. A 2012 study published in the Anti-Cancer Agents in Medical Chemistry indicates the promising chemo-preventative effect of ginger extracts against lung cancer.

Drink 3 – 4 cups of ginger tea daily to enjoy strong lungs. To make the tea, boil 1 teaspoon of sliced grated ginger in 1 or 1½ cups of water. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes, strain and add a little lemon juice and honey for taste.

Also include raw ginger in your cooking and/or as I stated above, you can also use a thumb of ginger in your vegetable juicing every day.

NOTE: People who take heart or high blood pressure medications should avoid taking ginger in excess.

5. Peppermint

Peppermint is another good option for cleansing your lungs. Peppermint and peppermint oil contain menthol that helps relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract. This promotes effortless breathing and helps clear symptoms of any upper respiratory congestion.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology noted that the anti-congestive, anti-spasmodic and expectorant properties of peppermint oil helped relax the trachea in rats.

For strong lungs, chew 3 – 5 peppermint leaves each day.

To treat congestion, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a pot of hot water and inhale the steam.

You can also drink 2 cups of peppermint tea daily. To make the tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of hot water, cover and steep for 10 minutes.

Side Note: Peppermint tea is also very useful for disbursing trapped wind.

NOTE: Do not use this herb if you have a history of gallstones. (Please see my previous blog regarding the gallbladder and gallstones.)

6. Improve Air Quality

The air that you breath in has a huge impact on your lung health. You may not have control over outdoor air pollution but you can improve your indoor air quality where you spend a lot of your time.

Indoor air is as contaminated as outdoor places due to regular use of chemical-based cleaners, air fresheners and other scents. Indoor air pollutants include carbon monoxide, radon gas, formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia and trichloroethylene (amongst others) can cause harm to your lungs.

Ensure regular cleaning, dusting and mopping of floors to remove dirt and dust. Use a vacuum cleaner with strong suction and a good quality filter to ensure proper cleaning. Minimise the use of harsh cleaners and cleaners with strong fragrances. Switch to non-toxic options for cleaning. Avoid using aerosol sprays laden with chemicals.

Use at least two house plants such as fern, spider plant, peace lily, bamboo palm, aloe vera, English ivy and others per 100 sq ft of space. Ensure adequate ventilation.

Use a good quality humidifier to maintain proper humidity levels.

7. Lung-Cleansing Foods

Foods you eat may affect the health of your lungs. A healthy diet stimulates the body’s natural cleansing mechanisms and strengthens the immune system.

Start your day with a glass of lemon water and make sure you drink an ample amount of “clean” water throughout the day, preferably not tap water and not water out of plastic bottles – remember you are trying to detoxify your lungs. By doing this it will also aid your kidneys in doing its job i.e. to detoxify your system. Proper hydration facilitates the cleansing process, therefore, of both the lungs and the kidneys.

Eat foods rich in vitamin C (as vitamin C is regarded as the conductor of all vitamins) such as grapefruit, kiwis, bell peppers, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli and pineapples. Include antioxidant-rich foods like garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, ginger, oregano, turmeric, apples and green tea in your diet.

Eat folate-rich foods such as lentils and black beans.

Opt for healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil (cold pressed), avocado, nuts and seeds.

8. Deep Breathing

Lack of oxygen in the blood is one of several reasons for degenerative disease due to lack of oxygen in the blood and this is the reason, therefore, that it is important we learn how to breath correctly. In today’s modern life we all suffer, from time to time, more stress than our bodies have been designed to cope with which has a knock-on effect on the way we breath. If we are under stress we tend to breath through our rib-cage rather than from below our diaphragm.

Deep breathing can help improve lung capacity by delivering more nourishing oxygen to your body. This will strengthen your lungs, clear the airways and cleanse them. Furthermore, it will increase energy and reduce stress. This is why meditating is a great tool in reducing stress and an opportunity to breath correctly for short periods during the day. One way to do this is to lie flat on your back in a comfortable place. Place your hands flat on your stomach at the base of the rib-cage. Close your eyes and breath in deeply for five seconds, hold your breath for two seconds and then slowly breath out to a count of 5. Repeat this process nine or ten times per session. Whilst doing this, concentrate solely on your breathing and clear your mind of any other intrusion. Ideally, try and do this procedure twice a day. Tip: I find that if I cannot get to sleep and I implement this meditation technique, I am usually asleep within three or four deep breaths.

Additional Tips

Saunas (especially infra-red) are one of the best ways to not only detox your lungs but your body as a whole.

Obviously, giving up smoking and avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke is vital.

Exercise daily which increases lung capacity even if it is just a brisk walk for 20 minutes every day, preferably in an open area away from pollutants such as car exhaust fumes.

Try and avoid beverages such as sodas, coffee and alcohol. There are some very good caffeine free coffee substitutes on the market as well as caffeine free teas and tasty herbal teas. Tip: I found that I slept much better when I gave up caffeine. Some food beverages that contain caffeine that some people are not aware of is green tea and chocolate.

DISCLAIMER

No manufacturer or supplier has any financial interest in my business, nor do I have any financial interest in them. Although I sell/advise using various products, they are also widely available elsewhere. Always read instructions on any product. Do not neglect medical guidance or treatment. Any information contained herein is for educational advice only and does not replace medical advice.

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