5 Herbs That Boost Lung Health

Herbs and oilsAll day, every day your respiratory system is hard at work, pumping oxygen into your body. Unfortunately, it’s also an entry way for pollutants, irritants, toxins and during the winter months, contagious respiratory viruses like influenza.

Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that can help break up chest congestion, soothe irritated nasal passages, and fight harmful organisms that can lead to upper respiratory infection. Here are 5 herbs to consider.

Lungwort

Oddly resembling lung tissue,  this large, bright green, leaf-like lichen has been used to promote lung and respiratory health and clear congestion as far back as the 1600’s. According to the USDA, it is also used to treat lung ailments such as tuberculosis and asthma.

Peppermint

Containing a soothing ingredient known as menthol, peppermint oil has been known to both relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract while promoting easy breathing. Paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint, menthol is also an effective decongestant.