From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Lungs:
- Astragalus Root
- Eucalyptus Leaf
- Fennel Seed
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Juniper Berry
- Mullein Leaf
- Orris Root
Natural Cures and Remedies for Lungs
Respiratory relaxants also assist in calming irritated tissues of the respiratory tract, but unlike demulcents that secrete soothing fluids, relaxants cause restricted tissues to relax. ink about a full day of coughing when you are sick, when your lungs have had the workout of a lifetime and are tender and sensitive. Taking just a bit of an herbal respiratory relaxant is like slipping into a warm
For most of us, when we think of breathing, we think first of the lungs. The lungs certainly play a vital role in respiration. However, contrary to popular belief, the lungs play a passive, not an active role in the mechanics of breathing. I frequently hear or read about practices or devices which claim they will ‘strengthen the lungs. This is a false and misleading claim because the lungs are not muscles.
Astragalus Root, Bromelain, Cinnamon, Coltsfoot, Elecampane, Eucalyptus Leaf, Eyebright, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek, Ginkgo Biloba, Horehound, Inula, Juniper Berry, Lobelia, Mullein Leaf, Myrrh, Nettle, Orris Root, Quercetin, Thyme
Organs or systems affected Liver, lungs, spleen, stomach Therapeutic actions Tonic, expectorant, diaphoretic, carminative, diuretic, alterative, antiseptic, astringent Nature Sweet, bitter, dry, aromatic, pungent, warm Plant constituents Inulin, bitters, triterpenes, essential oil, alkaloid, mucilage, resin, sodium, calcium, magnesium Flower essence Helps one move through and move on, and overcome deeply ingrained fears or grief
Organs or systems affected Heart, lungs, stomach Therapeutic actions Sedative, astringent, pectoral Nature Bitter, pungent, cool, dry Plant constitu-ents Flavonoids, bitter cyanogens, tannins, mucilage, resins, volatile oils, calcium, potassium, iron Flower essence Helps those who are feeling gloomy and pessimistic, and who dwell on the negative, to be more optimistic
You will also recall from the discussion of breathing anatomy that when one uses the diaphragm correctly, the inhalation will be active and the exhalation will be passive. That is because the diaphragm flattens when it contracts, drawing air into the lungs, while the exhalation phase is produced by the passive return of the diaphragm to its relaxed dome shape combined with the natural elasticity of the lungs. So when you exhale normally, you should experience a complete relaxation of all respiratory muscles. Normal exhalations are not forced.
The thoracic diaphragm, which I will simply refer to as the diaphragm from now on, is a dome-shaped muscle that attaches at the base of the ribcage. This muscle separates the thoracic cavity (the ribcage) from the abdomen. When the diaphragm contracts, it flattens out into something that more closely resembles a pancake than a dome or bell. This action compresses the abdomen while expanding the thoracic cavity. The change in pressure caused by the increase in thoracic volume has the effect of drawing air into the lungs.