Embracing Herbal Plant Medicine
All aspects of the Respiratory System can benefit from appropriate herbal remedies. With regular attention and care of the Respiratory System and other Elimination Organs, a strong Immune System can be built and maintained. Of course, regular exercise and deeper breathing are good preventative measures of health. Embracing a healthy, whole foods diet along with exercise can most certainly be helpful as well. But these are NOT enough without Herbal Plant Medicine.
If the air that we breathe is polluted, it will disrupt the ecology of the lungs just as it disrupts the ecology of any forest. Air contaminated with chemicals and particles, gases and smoke should be avoided. From GMO foods, to chemtrails, heavy metals and toxic chemicals, they are hard to avoid. Exposure to these can lead to a host of problems from bronchitis, asthma, COPD and the #1 cancer called Lung Cancer. This is not to mention the effects of diminished oxygen supply to the rest of the body’s tissues and organs. If we are to heal ourselves and our world, here is a good place to start.
When the lungs are overwhelmed by toxic substances, the tissues will become irritated which leads to inflammation, possibly infection, until it falls into a diseased state. Some people are born with a weakened organ such as the lungs, so more attention is required to stop the progression into disease. As we age, we cannot expect our lungs to function optimally without some assistance. The lungs are filters of the blood, so need to be detoxified with a regular Organ Detox Plan. Stop the process of irritation, inflammation, infection to a disease state. This requires Herbal Plant Medicine to be the workhorse for detoxification and support.
Respiratory Plant Medicine
There are basic classifications of respiratory remedies. They are respiratory stimulants, respiratory relaxants, and respiratory demulcents. If you do get a cold and mucus builds up, it is good to consider an expectorant that will encourage the expulsion of mucus. Mucus becomes present as a natural protectant against irritation from an irritant or invader. But then too much mucus can thicken and create congestion. A herbal expectorant as a stimulant can expel the mucus. If the lung muscles become too stressed from coughing, then a relaxant can be useful. It can ease tension and promote the flow of mucus, thus allowing expectoration to occur. A demulcent can soothe, relieve and soften irritated or inflamed mucus membranes with mucilaginous, slippery characteristics to coat, protect and lubricate the membranes and other tissue surfaces. Then healing can take place. The best Herbal Remedy Formula would be herbs that have a combination of these herbs that are friendly with each other. A remedy can be taken as a liquid tincture, extract, tea or in capsule form.
Eucalyptus Plant Medicine
Dietary Mucus Congestion
One factor that is most often related to lung congestion is the mucus content of the diet. If the body’s need for mucus-forming foods is exceeded, it will get rid of it by increasing secretion, for instance into the lungs. You may notice that you spit up mucus, especially in the morning or throughout the day. Another symptom is congestion and irritation of the sinus membranes, as the mucus builds up with inflammation. To have healthy lungs and sinuses, it means to reduce mucus-forming foods in the diet. Mucus is normal, but too much is not normal and can be problematic, especially if you are susceptible to colds, sinusitis, flu, bronchitis, asthma and food or environmental allergies.
The dietary promoters of mucus formation are:
Dairy foods, including goat’s milk and any kind of yogurt
Grains, especially gluten-rich ones such as wheat, oats, rye and barley
Potatoes and other starchy root vegetables like swedes and turnips
Coughs can be cared for with herbs in many ways. Coltsfoot is by far the best standard remedy or in a combination. A pleasant tasting, cough tea can be made with equal parts of Coltsfoot, Mullein and Licorice, as 1 rounded teaspoon combined herbs made with 1 cup of water, as a 10 minute steeped tea, taken up to every three hours. This is a good tea formula to keep in your Natural Medicine Chest for when needed. Do some research into other cough formulas that appeal to you. Try sucking on some horehound candy between teas. You can also try boiling some Eucalyptus tea on the stove while carefully placing a towel over your head, as a Vapor Tent to breathe in the tea vapors. Chest vapor rubs can also be relieving and comforting. Breathing in Eucalyptus essential oil can be very helpful with a diffuser too.
Respiratory Dryness in the Home
In the autumn time, as soon as the heat is turned on in your homes, respiratory and sinus dryness can occur including all winter long. With dryness of mucus membranes comes irritation. As irritation builds, the tissues can swell with eventual inflammation. Now the hairs in the nose and lymph in the back of the throat might become less effective at catching and killing any bacteria or viruses coming in. Use a saline nasal spray or colloidal silver nasal spray. It is best to run a humidifier in your bedroom and main floor starting during the month of September and throughout the winter.
Seasonal Cleansing & Detoxification of the Blood Filters
When the body’s blood gets toxic, it can create a tissue lesion, gather up into a cyst, then into a tumor leading to something more severe. It is wise to cleanse the colon and detoxify the blood by detoxifying the filters of the blood.
The GOAL is to have a healthy Immune System.
Step #1 is to cleanse the colon to take the toxic pressure off the basic elimination organs by taking a herbal laxative or Epsom salt with an effect of ideally, about 6-8 releases of debris, or less into the toilet.
Step #2 is to detoxify the basic Elimination Organs called the lungs, liver and kidneys with preferably one Herbal Formula that will target these three organs. In this detoxification process, you will be detoxifying the blood, lymph and skin. In turn, the Immune System will get stronger.
It is suggested to make one cup tea with the herbs, as 1 rounded teaspoon steeped 10 minutes with 1 cup taken twice daily for 30 days at the beginning of each season. This will help your body’s vitality to adjust to each season.
If you have never cleansed or detoxified your body before, it is wise to do a program from autumn through winter to spring. If you are a senior citizen or cannot control your diet or toxic environment, you may wish to stay on this Organ Detox Program regularly to support these organs. If you have a sensitive body, start the program slowly with only one cup tea daily or every other day for the first week. Then try to increase the amount thereafter. Or if any of your detox organs are more problematic, you may wish to start by detoxifying one of the three organs at a time with herbs that will only target that organ. Since we are discussing the respiratory system here, you may wish to start with only the lungs.
If you have a sensitive body or very sick, best to start a program slowly to tolerance. If you cleanse and detoxify too quickly, a healing reaction might occur. Rule of thumb is... if you are not sure about how you are feeling, stop all herbs for 2-3 days, then resume again slowly for 2-3 days until back to your regular program.
Red Clover Blossoms
Seasonal Detoxification Tea Blend Formulas
These tea formulas are a very, effective blend for Detoxification of the Blood by targeting the lungs, liver and kidneys.
The Cleansaherb formula is exceptional at cleansing the blood of cysts found in various sites of the body, if taken up to 6 months or more.
Cleansaherb Detox Tea: Mix 2 parts Red Clover Blossoms with 1 part each of Burdock Root Powder, Echinacea, Mullein, Parsley Leaf, Marshmallow Root, Uva Ursi Leaf. This tea tastes good.
Triple Detox Tea is made simply with only one herb per organ as equal parts each. eg. Red Clover or Milk Thistle for Liver/Blood, Mullein or Coltsfoot for Lungs, and Uva Ursi or Parsley for Kidneys. This type of tea tastes good. You could add a little honey by choice. Do some research on these herbs. Good to keep it simple. You could also add Echinacea for a Immune System modulator.
Detoxification of the Lungs
Maybe you wish to start with only cleansing the Lungs.
Similarly, as stated above, the process is to cleanse the colon with a laxative for one day. Then try 1 cup of 10 minute steeped, Lung Formula Tea, twice daily for 30 days to detoxify the lungs, ideally, every season. Or you may wish to take a Lung Formula Tea autumn through winter to spring for the first year to detoxify the deep layers of the lungs. Keep in mind that in detoxifying only one filter of the blood such as the lungs, it is not sufficient enough to further strengthen the Immune System.
Herbal Lung Tea Blend
Sample Herbal Tea Blend for the Lungs: Mullein, Marshmallow Root, Orange Peel, Coltsfoot, Elderflower, Ginger, Fennel Seed, Lemon Balm, Elecampane, Thyme. (Try equal parts in measurement.)
Tastes good. Single herbs as a tea can also be effective just as either Coltsfoot or Mullein or Lungwort.
When these Herbal Plant Medicines are used to cleanse the blood and the filters of the blood, this process will tell the immune system that it is getting stronger over time. So be patient as it may take as long as 6-12 months to reprogram the Immune System.
Immune System Attack
There might come a day when your vitality is just a bit lowered due to adrenal stress, lack of sleep, or mental/emotional strain. Your immune system might be lowered at this specific time. A bacteria or virus can enter your nose or mouth and want to move in. So this will be a “Call to Action” right away before it enters further into your body. Maybe your first symptom will be a scratchy throat or stuffy nose. So the best response would be a Colloidal Silver Nasal Spray 5X throughout the day for 3 days according to the dosage. This would be called Therapeutic Dosing for 3 days, then reduce to regular dosing for as long as needed. Try a Bee Propolis Throat Spray containing glycerine, spraying 5X throughout the day for 3 days according to the dosage. You may want to include Vitamin C, D3 and Zinc. Research the references on these.
Organic Herb Resources:
MountainRoseHerbs.com Oregon, USA
OmFoods.com British Columbia, Canada
Stay tuned for the next Blog on Immune Plant Medicine Part 3.
by Joanne Brophy C.H., C.N.C. (Certified Herbalist & Certified Nutritional Consultant) www.JadeNaturalClinic.com
Comment: Rule of thumb when doing a detoxification program, if you are cleansing too quickly, or not sure what is going on, stop all products for three days. Then you could continue again with half the dose for three days, following to full dose. Determine what is comfortable for your own body at this time.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes on the historical uses of herbal plant medicine. It is not intended to prevent, diagnose, prescribe or treat. Please consult your physician. If you apply this information yourself, it is your constitutional right but for which I assume no responsibility.