Breathe…Our Life Blood
Restoring the Respiratory Tract through lung cleansing Herbs....
Lung Health is in the Limelight at the moment…. Breathing is a mechanism often taken for granted as the action is so automated we hardly notice our breathe.
Lung Health, as we all can imagine, is vital in our lives for without out it we would not survive. Not only the function but the mechanism of breathing is primary; to oxygenate the system and protect the bofy from harmful bacteria and substances.
The Lungs, are systemically connected with the circulatory system, hence its vital role not only in breathing but the quality of breath taken.
How does this work?
The circulatory system actually combines three very important independent systems that have to work in unison to produce vital health.
The Heart (Cardiovascular ), lungs (Pulmonary ) and Arteries, veins, capillaries and coronary vessels ( Systemic ). Together they have the never ending task of ensuring adequate blood flow, oxygen, nutrients, hormones and other gases are shuttled between cells. The cells require energy to complete their functions by combining sugars and other food material with oxygen; giving us our life given force of a living breathing being.
Whilst energy production for all functions is essential during this process carbon dioxide is created, and needs to be removed from the blood otherwise we would experience cell poisoning. The Blood transports oxygen derived from the lungs to the bodies cells and in so doing detoxes the blood of carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide is exchanged for oxygen through the tiny alveoli in the lungs. These tiny cells are only 1 cell thick and are surrounded by 1 cell thickness capillaries. Blood pumped from the heart travels through these tiny alveoli, simultaneously removing the carbon dioxide to be breathed out through the nostrils. The oxygen enriched blood then returns to the heart and is transported to the different areas of the body.
How one breathes is as important as the breath itself
The intake of a breath is normally practiced so automatically that many of us are actually unaware of the actual action. However, to ensure good oxygen intake we should practice breathing in deeply through the nose, hold for a few seconds and then force the breathe out though the mouth gently. Once or twice during the day is sufficient. This clearing ensures the removal of stale air in the lungs; alveoli and capillaries ensures better oxygen intake.
Breathing through the mouth is not recommended. Tiny hairs in the nostrils protects the lungs and purifies the air being inhaled, but it is not infallible. Breathing through the mouth does not capture chemicals and bacteria that might be in the air when breathed in. Nasal breathing has many mechanisms to prevent bacteria and unwanted organisms from entering the system.
Each 12 breaths taken in brings about 500ml of air into the lungs, equaling 6 litres of air per minute. Even breathing through the nostrils can allow contaminants to enter the system as demonstrated by a controversial study where participants inhaled nano particles of gold. These particles where found present in the bloodstream, urine and lungs 3months later. The study proved air pollution is a major area of contention.
Many products used within the home, office and outdoors can also contribute to damaging the delicate lungs by way of chemicals, colognes, air fresheners, dust and irritants. To ensure you clear your air flow in your surroundings always open windows to cause a flushing of old stale air particulars. If you wish use an ozonator to clean the air and remove contaminants, but be especially careful of overuse.
Herbs can help us by strengthening the air passages and lungs increasing the supply of oxygen to the system. They can be consumed as raw herbs in salads, cooking or in drinks like smoothies, teas, tinctures and capsules.
Here are a few that we have chosen as our favorites and their accompanying properties:
Mullein is a incredibly effective herb in clearing lungs of mucus, phlegm and inflammation. It is an expectorant, meaning it helps remove and loosen excess mucus trapped within the lungs and soothes the inflamed mucus membranes. The anti-bacterial compounds found in mullein assist in killing off any unwanted passengers in the airways, whilst the anti-viral properties ease viral infections.
Used cautiously, comfrey is considered to have high expectorant, demulcent and mucilage properties. It supports cell proliferation and assist the pancreas in regulating blood sugar levels
Caution: Use with caution and do not use if pregnant or breast feeding.
The compound menthol is found in peppermint and acts as an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory component that clears the respiratory tract when taken. Peppermint is considered useful for asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, breaking up phlegm, and many other health issues. Peppermint’s soothing and relaxing qualities have placed it at the forefront of herbs found to be especially beneficial when used to support respiratory disorders such as cold, cough, throat irritation and sinus infections.
Liqourice contains strong anti-inflammatory properties that enables it to loosen and release mucus, clearing the air passages to allow better absorption of oxygen. Its antibiotic properties kill viruses and bacteria in your lungs and prevents any respiratory infection. If you have asthma or bronchitis, this herb may work as a bronchodilator to make breathing easier.
Marshmallow is soothing, reduces inflammation and irritations through its anti-tussive and mucilage abilities. It reduces swelling in the lymph nodes and speeds up healing.
Geranium is one of those herbs that has been used for centuries for a variety of conditions. Little information has been shared on its ability to work as a mouthwash against thrush, inflammation of the mouth,throat and tonsils.
Many experienced herbalists use geranium to lessen inflammation of mucus membranes and reinstate the health of the veins. In addition it has been found that geranium is very active against bacteria that causes TB. Only use in 3 week courses to prevent cont-indications.
Do not use if pregnant or breast feeding.
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