13. Sage Tea
This herb inhibits cancer growth and metastasis in the lungs and elsewhere in the body. (20) Hence, people whose lungs are especially at risk (smokers and those who are exposed to hazardous substances) will especially benefit from sage. The many aromatic oils in sage open your sinuses and relieve lung congestion. They are soothing for coughs, colds, and sore throats.
Loaded with antioxidants, sage also regulates cholesterol.
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp buckwheat honey
- Place the sage inside of a tea strainer.
- Boil the water and pour into your teapot.
- Steep the sage for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour the tea into your mug and sweeten with honey.
- Take no more than 3 cups a day.
14. Licorice Root Tea
Licorice root (also known as “sweet root”) contains glycyrrhizic acid, which is an antiviral substance. Other phytochemicals in the root are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal. Plus, licorice soothes inflamed lung and mucous tissue.
Beware: pregnant women and people with hypertension or kidney disease should avoid licorice root. Do not drink licorice root tea daily for more than 7 days.
How to make licorice tea:
- 1 teaspoon of dried licorice root
- 4 ounces of water
- In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
- Remove from heat and root.
- Steep for 5 minutes.
- Enjoy hot and breathe in the vapor as you drink.
15. Coltsfoot Tincture
Coltsfoot flowers look very similar to dandelions and are equally medicinal. In fact, the herb effectively treats bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, and tuberculosis. In particular, it’s great at reducing inflammation. (21) However, it’s best not to use it long-term.
Here’s how to make the tincture:
- Chop the flowers and herbs into small pieces.
- Fill a glass jar with chopped coltsfoot.
- Completely cover coltsfoot with 80-100-proof vodka and screw on the lid.
- Date the jar and cover in a cool, dark place.
- In six weeks, filter out the plant matter and save the liquid.
- Place in a dark-tinted bottle with an eyedropper lid.
- Take 2-4 ml a day, as needed.
16. Fenugreek and Dandelion Tea
Fenugreek soothes a sore throat thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds. It also breaks up mucus. Dandelion, on the other hand, is an expert at detoxifying the lungs, liver, and kidneys.
Here’s how to make dandelion and fenugreek tea:
- 6 parts mullein leaf
- 1 part fenugreek seeds
- 1 part dandelion root
- Combine all herbs in a glass jar with a lid and shake to combine.
- Use measure out 1 tbsp of the herbs and add to. a teapot of 2 cups of boiled water.
- Steep 10 – 20 minutes.
- Strain, sweeten, and enjoy.
17. Clove and Lemon Tea
Clove contains eugenol, an analgesic to ease discomfort. More importantly, clove’s complex phytochemical structure has been found to kill lung cancer cells and arrest their proliferation. (22) Lemon, on the other hand, is rich in vitamin C, a powerful anti-viral.
By combining the two, this rich, savory tea reduces throat and lung inflammation and supports your immune system. It’s the best tea for a cold.
Here’s how to make healthy throat tea:
- 1 tbsp green tea of your choice
- 1/2 teaspoon each of cloves, turmeric, and thyme
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Juice of half a lemon
- Place the tea, spices, and herbs into our tea strainer and place in a cup of boiled water.
- Steep for three to five minutes.
- Strain, and add the honey and lemon.
18. Ginger-Turmeric Tea
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties second to none. Ginger is its cousin and equally potent to combat inflammation and support the immune system with strong antioxidants. Hence, these two roots are essentials for any kind of detox or body cleanse.
This particular turmeric ginger tea recipe is ideal for smokers to rid plaque accumulation in the lungs and flush the gunk out.
- 1 small piece of ginger root
- 400 grams of clean, chopped onions
- 2 teaspoons of turmeric
- 1 liter of water
- Honey to taste if preferred
- Bring water to boil in a small saucepan over high heat, then add the ginger root and onion.
- Reduce heat and bring to a simmer.
- Grate a bit more ginger into the mix and add turmeric.
- Simmer for a few minutes.
- Strain and enjoy hot. Drink at least twice a day.
19. Marshmallow and Chickweed
Marshmallow root is soothing and sweet. It also reduces inflammation, irritation, and coughing (23). For its part, chickweed, like so many other “weeds”, is very useful in the support of human health. Using chickweed is one way to clean lungs from mucus, easing lung congestion. It is emollient (moistens skin), laxative, and contains many nutrients (24).
To use, combine equal parts marshmallow root, comfrey leaf, chickweed leaf, mullein leaf, and lobelia leaf. Steep 2 teaspoon per cup of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Adults should drink 1 cup 3 times a day while children should take no more than 1/2 cup three times daily.
You can also make a tincture with the herbs and take 15-20 drops a day. Give your children 10 drops.
20. Echinacea Tea
Some people swear by echinacea as a certain way to stave off a cold or flu; others don’t find it helps. Scientific studies support both experiences—the difference seems to be in the strength of the individual’s immune system at the onset of an illness. Echinacea supports a weaker immune system to a greater extent than a robust one. (25)
Echinacea is a common herb that boosts immune function, provides pain relief, fights bacteria and viruses, reduces inflammation, and fights free radicals. It can also reduce symptoms of bronchial infection, laryngitis, ear infection, yeast and fungal infections, and support rapid healing (26).
Use echinacea with caution: do not take echinacea for more than 10 days in a row, if you are pregnant, are taking liver medication, or if your immune system is compromised.
How to make the tea:
- 1/2 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried echinacea leaves, roots, and/or flower
- 8 oz of water
- 1-2 teaspoons of Manuka honey
- Boil water in a small pot over medium heat.
- Add Echinacea, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Strain tea into a mug, add honey, and enjoy!
We all could use a little help with keeping our lungs healthy and working optimally. It’s not just you: it’s becoming more of a challenge every year due to pollution and aging. Regularly varying herbs and other natural remedies provides support for all the body’s systems, lungs included.
Knowing which to use when your lungs need some extra attention will keep them going longer.