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Five Natural Remedies to Promote Lung Function

19 Aug 2015
| Under Lung Disease, Treatments | Posted by | 22 Comments

The lungs are constantly working, taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. The purpose of the respiratory system is to deliver oxygen to the body’s bloodstream, which carries and distributes oxygen throughout the body. For those suffering from lung disease or infection, this transfer of oxygen becomes more difficult, resulting in various health issues. Here are some natural ways to improve oxygen distribution and help promote better lung function:

  1. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is known for its antioxidant properties and is often used to fight infection. In Germany, eucalyptus is approved as a tea used to fight throat infection. In the United States, it is often found in decongestants and throat lozenges and syrups. Eucalyptus also helps to minimize the mucus lining in the lungs and improve blood circulation throughout the body. If you are suffering from lung disease, eucalyptus can be a great way to break up congestion. Eucalyptus is diluted and taken orally or applied to the skin.

  1. Osha Root

Osha, also known as bear root, was traditionally used by Native Americans and Hispanic cultures to promote respiratory health. According to the Global Healing Center, osha is one of the best plants used to support lung health in the United State because it contains camphor, which helps promote blood circulation. Better blood circulation in the lungs makes it easier for a person to take a deep breath. Osha root is generally available in sprays, tinctures and capsule forms.

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary is a great source of Vitamins A and C as well as other minerals including magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium and zinc. These minerals help strengthen the immune system and eliminate toxins. Rosemary tea can be a great way to ingest these vitamins and minerals daily.

  1. Ginger

Ginger has been used for 2,500 years as a healing root. There are many benefits of eating ginger, including better lung health. Ginger helps to break down mucus, making it easier for your body to expel air. It also helps improve circulation to the lungs and reduces inflammation. One way to ingest ginger is to boil chopped ginger in water, strain the ginger out, add honey and drink it as a tea.

  1. Oregano

Oregano contains carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, both of which are natural decongestants and antihistamines. Because of this, consuming oregano can help improve lung function. Organic oregano oil is a great way to consume oregano, and has several other health benefits as well, such as helping to boost immunity, promote healthy digestion, fight allergies and promote weight loss.

While living with a debilitating lung disease can be tough, there are steps that a person can take to help improve lung function. Try these suggestions listed above and let us know what works best for you. Please also let us know what supplements that we didn’t list that have helped you combat lung disease symptoms.

If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.


  1. PB

    11 months ago

    Hello Patricia,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed our article, and we hope you enjoy our upcoming articles as well.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Patricia Hoffman

    11 months ago

    Thank you for a very helpful article. I have been trying various natural remedies to help with my COPD. Some things I have tried with varying success are: eucalyptus oil in raw honey, kombucha, ginger tea and probably others that I can’t remember. I’m anxious to try some of your suggestions. I believe that nature holds answers for many of our afflictions. I do not believe that pharmaceutical drugs do much to help and have many harmful side effects, so I’ve steered clear of those.

  3. John Mann

    1 year ago

    10 yr old daughter with cystic fibrosis and on oxygen.
    Needing help bady….stem cells ??

  4. alan

    1 year ago

    lung problems? read dr,hulda clark the cure for all diseases.20 years and still going strong.

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  6. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Gladys,

    Thanks for your comment. If you go to the About section on our website you’ll find information about our physicians. Yes, we can put you in touch with patients who have actually received stem cell therapy from the Lung Institute. I would also encourage you to explore our testimonials page, which includes videos from actual patients and their experience with us. Please also feel free to contact one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 and they’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have.



  7. gladys bennett

    1 year ago

    please respond: what are the doctors’ degrees and qualifications; who does your research and can we be put in touch with REAL people who have benefitted from this treatment?

  8. Janet Lindsay

    1 year ago

    Please check into The Lung Institute website for information on pulmonary fibrosis. You cannot put a cost on life quality. I know the insurance companies don’t cover this procedure yet, as the FDA requires 2 years of research and development before they allow medical insurance to cover. In the case of my friend we recently lost to pulmonary fibrosis, his treatments were supposed to cost $6,000. per treatment, and I believe there were three treatments to be done. Please contact the lung institute to talk to a professional about your personal condition, and they will talk to you about your options. If there is any way you can secure the funds to receive this treatment, please do it.

  9. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Al,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately the VA or Medicare don’t cover treatment at this time. Please feel free to contact one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 and they’d be happy to discuss your options with you in more detail.



  10. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing Jeffrey!

  11. Al Epidendio

    1 year ago

    How expensive is stem cell treatment? Will the VA or Medicare pick up the cost?

  12. Jeffrey Prindle

    1 year ago

    I have chronic fatigue syndrome and found relief breathing from supplements, cell food, chromium, fish oil
    and things like meditation that strengthen my immune system.

  13. Hiroko

    1 year ago

    I am treated with SEEBRI but I will surely try the above Herbs and let you know, thank you!

  14. Cheryl Segal

    1 year ago

    Can you help? My cousin has been just dx’d with cancer of the jaw.. He doesn’t want to do chemo or radiation. Are there any alternatives? He’s only 50. Thank you.

  15. David Ebner

    1 year ago


    We’re happy to hear that you are going to give these remedies a try! Please keep us updated on how well they work for you. Also, feel free to contact us anytime by calling (855) 313-1149 to chat about stem cell therapy and if it’s a good option for you.

    Thanks for the comment,


  16. Sylvia Bailey

    1 year ago

    Am going to store today. And purchase items to try the herbs you recommend. Will keep a log of progress. Plan to contact you concerning stem cell research. Than,s for info.

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  18. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Thanks Helen, let us know what you think about the teas!

  19. Helen Dennis

    1 year ago

    Thank you for the information about herbs providing help with lung function. I intend to make teas and try this. Please keep up your good work and advise of anything that may help.

  20. Rhonda

    1 year ago

    I have been using these remedies for a bit off and on. I will keep on trying this.MY lung function is horrible. I have been contacted by some one on this treatment and could not afford it, 🙁

  21. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Thanks Billy! Glad to hear that you found the info to be helpful!

  22. Billy Don Everett

    1 year ago

    Your posting is very interesting! I will try the natural remedies immediately! Thank you so much!

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