Natural Herbs for a Healthier Respiratory System

It’s the time of the year again when our nose is exposed to cold and starts to run, our chest is so congested and nothing feels good. In short, congestion season is here.


Nasal congestion is caused by many factors, but its effects range from a simple irritation to older children and adults to a life-endangerment condition in infants, like:

•Can obstruct our hearing and speech.
•Can interfere with sleep by causing snoring.
•Can cause slight facial and head pain.
•Can cause uneasiness from allergies or the common cold.
•Can interfere with breastfeeding.
•Can cause fatal breathing difficulty.

A stifling nose is enough to ruin the day, especially with the accompanying sneezing, blowing and the red swollen nose, everything is really depressing.


You have nasal congestion when your nose becomes blocked and inflamed. Minor ailments are the usual causes of nasal congestion, like a cold, flu, and sinus infections.

The congestion doesn’t really take long to heal; it usually clears up within the week. If it does, it may be due to an underlying health issue.

The cause for a persistent nasal congestion may be any of the following:

•Acute sinusitis
•Anything that inflames the nasal membrane
•Chronic sinusitis
•Churg-strauss syndrome
•Common cold
•Deviated septum
•Decongestant nasal spray overuse
•Drug addiction
•Dry air
•Enlarged adenoids
•Exposure to chemicals
•Fluctuations in the hormones during pregnancy
•Foreign body in the nose
•Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
•Hay fever
•Irritants in the environment
•Nasal polyps
•Non-Allergenic rhinisitis or vasomotor rhinisitis
•Occupational asthma
•Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
•Thyroid disorders
•Tobacco smoke
•A tumor

Signs & Symptoms

Nasal congestion is typically marked by:

•stuffy or runny nose
•sinus pain
•mucus buildup
•swollen nasal tissue

Herbal Remedies for Congestion

Congestion has many causes, but whatever triggers it for you, here are the most common herbal remedies can help you breathing freely the natural way.

Chaparral - Chaparral is popularly known in tincture extraction, but its tea is also used to treat respiratory problems by clearing the airways of mucus though expectoration. Chaparral contains potent antioxidants that promote healthy lungs and fight allergy reactions.

Elecampane - Elecampane has been used by our ancestors for various lung ailments; it has been utilized as one of the ingredients of lozenges and cough drops. It has a relaxing and calming effect on the tracheal muscles. It contains the compounds inulin and alantolactone, which are known for their positive effects to the respiratory system.

Eucalyptus - The stimulating scent of eucalyptus is used to boost effortless breathing and relieve throat itchiness. Eucalyptus is a regular component in cough lozenges and syrups because one of its elements is the compound called cineole. Cineole is a complete treatment for respiratory conditions, it has many functions — it’s an expectorant, it eases cough, combats congestion, and relieves irritated sinus passages. In addition, eucalyptus contains antioxidants that help the immune system in fighting cold or other illness.

Lobelia - Lobelia contains lobeline which works magically to thin mucus and relieves congestion. It also works to relax the airways and allows easy breathing and promotes a healthy respiratory system.

Lungwort - Lungwort actually resembles lung tissue in appearance, which is amazing, because its main function is to protect the lungs. Lungwort has been in use for a long time to boost lung and respiratory health and to clear congestion. Lungwort also contains compounds that are proven effective against destructive organisms that influence respiratory health.

Plantain Leaf - The plantain leaf has been used from ancient times to relieve cough and calm irritated mucus membranes. It has been proven to be effective against more respiratory problems. It is also recommended to relieve dry, exasperating cough.

Oregano - Oregano contains carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, which makes it very effective for respiratory conditions. The two compounds are natural decongestants and allergen reducers and have direct and positive effects on breathing and the lungs. They make oregano oil a must in everyone’s homes.

Osha Root - Osha Root herb has been an effective respiratory support used even in the early years. It contains camphor, which is well-known to be the best herb for respiratory health. Osha helps to increase lung circulation, making breathing easier and less challenging. It may also work as an allergen because it produces the same effect of calming down irritated throat and lungs.

Peppermint - Menthol from peppermint and peppermint oil, is a very effective decongestant. Chest balms and inhalants with menthol work very well to clear up congestion. Peppermint relaxes the respiratory tract and improves breathing.


The respiratory system is constantly working to provide us with the oxygen that our body needs. This system is always under attack by irritants, virus and harmful organisms trying to enter our body.

One of the ways we can do to protect our lungs is to keep our surroundings clean. Cabinet refacing for kitchen cabinets can be done; the exposed cabinet frames will be covered with a whole new layer of veneer thus making sure that dust will be eliminated.

And with the help of natural herbs to provide deep nutrition for our lungs, we can be assured that our respiratory system is capable and strong to fight against the onslaught of these impurities.


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