2. Eucalyptus Tea
Eucalyptus oil contains a natural antibiotic called cineole. The compound also has antiviral and antifungal properties.
“Surprisingly for an antimicrobial substance, there are also immune-stimulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and spasmolytic effects. Of the white blood cells, monocytes and macrophages are most affected, especially with increased phagocytic activity. Application by either vapor inhalation or oral route provides benefit for both purulent and non-purulent respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” (9)
Eucalyptus relaxes and expands the lungs and bronchioles, relieving congestion and discomfort—an exemplary natural remedy for chest infection.
Use small amounts of eucalyptus at a time, as it can cause nausea or diarrhea in larger doses.
Half a teaspoon per cup is all you need. Pregnant and nursing women and people with liver or gastrointestinal conditions should not take eucalyptus internally. Instead, inhale eucalyptus steam to treat respiratory ailments.
How to make eucalyptus tea:
- 1/2 teaspoon dried eucalyptus leaves
- 1 cup water, boiling
- Honey to taste
- Pour boiling water over eucalyptus leaves, cover, and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
- Add honey to taste (optional).
- Drink up to 3 cups a day.
3. Lungwort Tea
Lungwort is a lichen that got its name in the Middle Ages due to its lung-like appearance. Traditional use of this plant has found it especially supportive of the lungs.
It’s been used for treating bronchitis, asthma, and lung disease when taken internally. It’s also useful for, stomach and intestinal ailments, and kidney and urinary tract problems. Additionally, lungwort can be used topically to ease the discomfort of eczema, burns, and hemorrhoids (10).
To make it pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried lungwort. Steep covered for 15 minutes. Lastly, drink several cups a day to reduce pulmonary inflammation and promote healing.