The lungs never rest. A person breaths, on average, about 25,000 times in a day.
The main function of the lungs is to transport oxygen from the environment into the bloodstream and to expunge carbon dioxide, from the bloodstream to the environment.
The lungs are surrounded and protected by the rib cage. Also, the lungs on the right is a little larger than the lungs on the left.
Several diseases and ailments could affect your lungs. These diseases and conditions include; asthma, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), lung cancer, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The lungs are quite strong organs. Unfortunately, we expose them both unknowingly and intentionally.
Here are some good practices for strong and healthy lungs;
- Exercise daily to increase your lung’s capacity.
- Avoid sodas, coffee or alcohol.
- Exercise outdoors, in open areas, away from traffic and pollutants.
- Stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Practice deep breathing.
- Purify indoor air.
- Eat foods such as apples, pomegranates, and grapefruits, that keeps lungs healthy and hydrated.
- Laugh often. It is good for the lungs.
- Do not miss health checkups.
Below are 19 natural treatments and home remedies for strong and healthy lungs;
1. Quit Smoking
Cigarette smoke contains hundreds of harmful toxins that can wreak havoc on your respiratory system.
The smoke narrows down the air passage making it hard to breathe normally. It also causes chronic inflammation and damage to the lung tissues. Quit smoking to protect your lungs from diseases.
2. Eucalyptus Tea
Eucalyptus helps in expanding and relaxing the airways and the lungs, thereby relieving discomfort to a great extent. Being a decongestant, it is a great remedy for a cough and cold. The antibiotic nature of eucalyptus helps in fighting chest infections in a natural way. (https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/lung-cleansing-benefits-of-eucalyptus/)
Garlic is a great remedy for strong and healthy lungs as it helps in cleaning the lungs. Garlic contains ‘allicin’ that helps in fighting lungs infections.
Garlic also opens up the bronchial tubes that ease breathing. It also reduces the chances of developing lung cancer in smokers. It is best to consume raw garlic to reap its health benefits.
A study published in 2013, by Cancer Prevention Research, concluded that there is a protective association between eating raw garlic and lung cancer. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3718302/)
4. Osha Root
Take osha root tea. Osha root is an excellent herb for supporting your respiratory system. The roots of the herb contain camphor that eases the pathways and helps in normal breathing. Phytochemicals, found in osha root, help in increasing blood circulation in the lungs making it strong while removing toxins from the lungs in a natural way.
5. Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Foods that detoxifies the lungs and the entire body can significantly reduce respiratory disorders and improve lung health. Antioxidant-rich foods help in neutralizing free radicals and prevent cell damage in the lungs.
Fruits and vegetables such as grapefruit, apples, berries, pomegranate, cayenne pepper, ginger, and onion have great antioxidant properties. Sipping a few cups of green tea throughout the day will also provide a boost of antioxidants to the body.
A study published in December 2010, by the journal Maedica, showed that a dietary shift to higher-antioxidant food intake may be associated with improvement in lung function especially in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3152843/)
Pour little peppermint oil on a handkerchief and inhale. Peppermint oil act as a soothing agent and helps in relaxing constricted air passages and respiratory tract muscles.
Due to its antihistamine effect, it is often used in decongestant medicines. The antioxidant properties if peppermint helps in relieving lung problems and fights cell damage to keep the lungs healthy.
7. Lobelia Tincture
Also known as Indian tobacco, this herb is extensively used to help with smoking cessation. The nicotine-like mild stimulant present in the herb keeps you from craving for cigarettes while itself being non-addictive.
Furthermore, being an antispasmodic, it helps in soothing muscles spasm as well as reduces congestion for a problem-free respiratory system.
Lobelia also has potent antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties that are good for the lungs. A study published in 2015, by The American Journal Of Chinese Medicine, showed the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of Lobelia. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25787301)
8. Hawthorn Berries
Consuming an infusion made of hawthorn berries may help in boosting the antioxidants in the body. Hawthorn berry also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent promoting better lung health. It also helps in increasing blood flow to the lungs and helps in eliminating harmful toxins in a natural way.
9. Plantain Leaf
A plantain leaf (Plantago major) infusion may work wonders in relieving throat irritation and dry cough. It acts as a stimulant to produce mucus, thereby easing bronchitis.
Plantain is readily available and can be an effective remedy for lung congestion. It has a great ability to prevent and fight infections and strengthen the immune system.
A study, published in 2013 by Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, showed that plantain has a protective effect on the lungs against asthma. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4075699/)
10. Mullein Tea
Making a tea infused with mullein flowers or leaves can help in detoxifying the lungs and the respiratory system. Mullein is used extensively, in alternative medicine, to treat various respiratory diseases in a natural way. It is an effective expectorant and can relieve a cough and lung congestion.
Mullein also has anthelmintic and antispasmodic properties that makes it good for the lungs. A study published in 2012, by BMC’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine, suggests that mullein has anthelmintic and antispasmodic properties. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3350428/)
11. Elecampane Syrup
Elecampane has been used in ancient medicine to cure respiratory tract diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. It has an excellent capability to clean the lungs and make them healthy. The presence of the phytochemical, inulin, in elecampane helps in soothing and relieving a cough and wheezing.
12. Avoid Pollutants
The ill effects of air pollution directly affect the lungs and should be avoided whenever possible. Always wear a mask to prevent harmful toxic air to reach your lungs when in a highly polluted or industrial area.
Reduce outdoor pollution by minimizing the use of vehicles and machine that emit pollutants. Keep indoor air clean by planting indoor plants such as bamboo. peace lily and aloe vera.
13. Lungwort Tea
Lungwort has a lung-like appearance and is a lichen that helps in supporting lung health. It is extensively used in treating various lung diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. Infusing the dried lungwort in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes to make a tea can help in reducing lung inflammation and disorders.
14. Thyme Syrup
Thyme is a great herb for keeping the lungs strong and healthy, all thanks to its healing nature and antitussive, expectorant, mucolytic and antispasmodic properties. Thyme reduces inflammation of the lungs and eliminates the risk of many diseases in a natural and effective way.
Thyme syrup can be made by combining 2-4 ounces of fresh or dried thyme with a quart of water on a low flame. Honey is added after straining and cooling the infusion to make this lung supporting syrup.
A study published in 2016, by Chemico-Biological Interations, substantiated the health benefits of using thyme in treating respiratory diseases. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27369807)
15. Play Wind Instrument
Playing a wind instrument such as saxophone, flute or a mouth organ may help in improving the lung health.
Since the lung’s maximum capacity is used to play a wind instrument, it tones the lung muscles making them physically stronger. If you can’t learn to play an instrument, just blowing a balloon may help in increasing the lung capacity in a similar way.
16. Coltsfoot Tincture
Coltsfoot, also known as tussilago, is another great herb that is effective in treating major lung diseases. The anti-inflammatory properties of the herb help in keeping lung infections at bay.
Coltsfoot also treats chronic conditions like pneumonia, bronchitis, and tuberculosis. Although it is a great remedy for healthy lungs, it is not suitable for a long-term use.
You can enjoy the health benefits of coltsfoot by drinking coltsfoot tea.
17. Marshmallow Root and Chickweed
Drink tea made from infused marshmallow roots and chickweed leaves.
Marshmallow has a soothing property that helps in reducing irritation of the respiratory tract.
When used with chickweed, it reduces inflammation and congestion to improve lung health. It also contains many nutrients that promote overall health.
18. Clove and Lemon Tea
Tea infused with clove and lemon may help in keeping lung diseases away. The strong anti-inflammatory properties of the ingredients help in strengthening the immune system and reduces the chances of infections.
Clove contains a useful phytochemical known as ‘eugenol’ which acts as an analgesic and eases respiratory tract discomfort.
19. Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises can go a long way in promoting lung health and eliminate the chances of lung diseases. Exercises that involve workout of the lung muscles are great for improving its functionality.
You could do pursed-lip breathing, balloon-blowing breathing exercise, feedback breathing exercise or diaphragmatic breathing.
Learn proper breathing techniques and do them regularly to make your lungs strong, healthy and disease-free.
A study published in June 2016, by the Journal Of Physical Therapy Science, showed that breathing exercises improved the pulmonary functions of elderly smokers. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4932035/)
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