Smoking fills your lungs with substances such as nicotine and tar. If you want to keep your lungs healthy, here is our list of 5 herbs that can detox your lungs of tar!
The flower and leaves of the mullein herb could both be used to soothe nasal passages. This herbal plant has been used throughout the years as a remedy for respiratory problems including asthma, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.
Usually, it is used as a tea, added to oils or smoked. Mullein is a good herb for clearing the lungs even when smoked, but only in small doses. It is a natural medicine which contains a compound known as saponins which help break down the mucus in the lungs. It is soothing to the body but could be a bit harsh when smoked. Tea is recommended if you have a sensitive throat.
Prepare tea by adding 1-4 teaspoons depending on the amount of water. Steep the leaves before drinking. You could also breathe in the steam for a while as well or add coltsfoot to the mix.
Just as the name suggests, lungwort is definitely great for your lungs. This herb has been used as herbal medicine since the 1600s. Lungwort creates more production of serous mucus in our body. This liquid helps in the digestion and respiration, and thins out the phlegm, making it easier for you to breathe.
Usually, it is used by people with serious health problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, and any other major respiratory diseases which create a constraint to breathing. Moreover, lungwort is known to help fight bacteria which exists in the body and increase the function of the immune system.
You can take lungwort as a tea and have one to two teaspoons to a cup of water. Steep for a few minutes until it is strong enough. You can drink this for many times a day if you really want to clear your lungs.
- Licorice Root
Licorice is popular tea ingredient. The first sip of its tea may not taste like much, but half a second later, your mouth gets overwhelmed with its sweetness. The natural sweetness of the licorice root is perfect for soothing your throat and is also great for lung detoxification since it relieves irritation. Licorice root also helps loosen the phlegm in your throat for it to be easier to eliminate, and it has antibiotic properties which kill bacteria and viruses in your system.
You can drink licorice root as a tea. You don’t have to add any sweetener since it is already sweet. If you would like to add other ingredients, you can try to add ginger and lavender. You can drink this all the time, even if you do not have any lung problems.
Coltsfoot is a kind of plant which is part of the sunflower family. It looks like dandelions, but you need to be careful since it could be toxic when not taken properly. The leaves of coltsfoot have been used as a remedy for colds and cough since the ancient times.
It has also been used a general medicine and is useful for smokers who are trying to quit as coltsfoot helps in the removal of tar from the years of smoking.
You can make a tea out of this plant or mix it with mullein with a 1:2 ratio. You can add 1 part of coltsfoot and 2 parts mullein to a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
- Indian Tobacco
Indian tobacco is used for reversing the effect of tobacco to your lungs. Ironic isn’t it? This herb has been used for its healing and detoxifying properties.
This plant contains an alkaloid known as the lobeline. It loosens the phlegm and reduces the mucus in the air passages. It is also helpful for other respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis.
You can use this plant by adding a small handful of leaves to a pot of boiling water and inhaling the steam coming from the water for at least 10 minutes.