Like the heart, the respiratory system is at work every moment of our lives. The lungs can also be the entry point for pollutants, irritants, dust, mold, fungus, harmful organisms, and other toxins.
The constant onslaught of impurities can take a harsh toll on people with COPD.
People want to ensure their lungs function at peak performance, and Mother Nature has provided a number of Natural Supplements for COPD that can help our lungs provide the best performance.
Herbs that support lung health typically offer one or more of the following benefits:
- They may be an expectorant — a substance that breaks up and expels chest congestion.
- They can soothe irritated nasal passages and airways.
- They tend to relax the muscles near the upper respiratory system to suppress coughing.
- They may calm the release of histamines.
- They have an antibiotic effect.
- They may be a source of antioxidants.
Here are 5 of the most common Natural Supplements for COPD believed to ease unpleasant symptoms.
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’s often found in decongestants, throat lozenges and syrups. Eucalyptus also helps to minimize the mucus lining in the lungs and improve blood circulation throughout the body.
If you’re 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.
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.
Oregano contains carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, both of which are natural decongestants and antihistamines. Therefore, consuming oregano can help improve lung function.
Organic oregano oil is a great way to consume oregano and has several other health benefits, such as helping to boost immunity, promote healthy digestion, fight allergies and promote weight loss.
4. 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.
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.
Please also let us know what supplements have helped you combat lung disease symptoms.
All of the herbs above are available as produce at the market and as nutritional supplements and in tea blends. Many people grow herbs in their garden. Growing one’s own herbs is the surest way to know the source is a good one.
Otherwise, it can be difficult to know if nutritional supplements use non-herbs, contain pesticides, are ethically harvested, etc. Ask questions to ensure you’re getting the best products possible.
As always, we recommend discussing any changes to diet or treatment plans with your doctor before putting them into action.
Christine Kingsley, APRN is the Health and Wellness Director at the Lung Institute where she focuses on providing helpful online resources for people looking for information on various lung diseases, breathing exercises, and healthy lifestyle choices. She advocates for holistic care that involves working with your doctor to explore all options including traditional and alternative care while focusing on diet and exercise as proactive measures.