Lungs are the most essential organ of the respiratory system ‒ responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. If not given the proper care, the lungs can acquire chronic and viral diseases from toxic infections. Lung failures can be diagnosed through chest radiography using various medical imaging platforms such as X-Ray, CT Scans, MRI, Ultrasonography, and the like.
No matter how minor or severe the problem is, patients are required to take medications. Most pharmaceutical medicines can cause fatigue and drowsiness. This is due to the chemical content that leaves a sedative effect to the central nervous system that causes the human body to break down and take a complete rest. Not everyone likes this effect that they’d rather choose the traditional way of medications. Herbal remedies are the most common form of traditional treatments that are discovered and practiced by natives for about centuries ago. Despite the modern era, herbal medicines are still present maybe because of its natural effect, chemical-free, and high nutrient content.
When talking about lung problems, tuberculosis is the first disease that comes in everyone’s head. And right under tuberculosis is a severe cough. Ginger ale has been the most traditional remedy for cough problems. Although it was originally known to cure stomach pain, nausea, and other digestive illnesses, ginger was later discovered as a remedy for a cough because of its heating and clearing abilities that temporarily soothe your irritated throat.
How to prepare a ginger ale:
- Wash the ginger thoroughly.
- Peel then grate.
- Put the grated ginger inside a pot or kettle.
- Add sliced lemons. (optional)
- Add 4 cups of water.
- Boil the mixture for at least 10 minutes.
- Turn down the heat to a medium level then add 2 tablespoons of honey or sugar.
- Stir very well.
- Pour on a clear glass with a strainer to remove the ginger’s residue.
Oregano is primarily used as a culinary ingredient in most countries because of its strong aromatic flavor. But more than that, it is also considered as another traditional remedy for chronic respiratory diseases such as a cough, bronchitis, asthma, and the like. Each herb contains rosmarinic acid which is a source of an anti-inflammatory content that fights back all reactive airway diseases.
How to prepare an oregano tea:
- Boil 2-3 cups of water in a pot.
- Turn off the heat when boiled.
- Put 4-6 tablespoon of dried oregano leaves.
- Set aside and let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain the leaves and then pour on a clear glass.
Eucalyptus has been an essential ingredient in medicinal production since 1880’s when surgeons started to use its leaves that contain oil nutrients for medicinal purposes. These days, you can check the active ingredients of most healing oils and rubbing creams and from there you may often found their eucalyptus content. What makes it powerful is its decongestant properties that give your chest a soothing sensation after a cough.
How to prepare a eucalyptus oil:
- Wash the eucalyptus leaves thoroughly.
- Crush to release the oil extracts.
- Put in a medium-sized pot for every 2 ounces of leaves.
- Add 2 cups of olive oil.
- Let the mixture boil for 6 hours.
- Strain the eucalyptus oil into a dry empty jar then cover with lid.
Peppermint is generally known to be originated in the Mediterranean and later grown in moist areas of Europe and North America. Just like the earlier remedies, peppermint is also used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It was traditional cures tensions of a headache and digestive diseases. And today, peppermint is also considered in medications for a cough and cold due to its menthol aroma that soothes the breathing.
How to prepare a peppermint tea:
- Boil 4 cups of water.
- Add the peppermint herbs (fresh or dried) then turn the heat off.
- Let the mixture steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain then pour into glass.
- Add honey. (optional)
Osha root was first discovered by American-Indian natives. The term Osha came from the Zuni word, ‘Anshe’ which means ‘bear’; thus, it is modernly called as ‘bear root’ by most Americans. Unlike the others, the Osha root is originally used for curing viral respiratory diseases in the form of tincture, tea, essential oil, or honey. It contains chemicals that can cut off even the thickest phlegm which makes breathing more difficult.
How to prepare an OSHA root tea:
- Place dried OSHA root in a pot then add 4 cups of water.
- Cover the pot and let it boil and steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain the liquid to remove the roots residue then pour into a clear container.
There is no other natural remedy than warm water therapy. It gets you dehydrated and helps relieve congestion by dissolving the mucus and phlegm. To ease an irritated throat and clear your air passages, you can add salt and honey which can naturally boost the analgesic effect of warm water. Always follow the undying ‘8-ounce glasses of water a day’ rule to maintain your healthy and whole lungs.
How to achieve 8-ounce glasses or 2.5 liters of water a day?
- Monitor your drinking habit by measuring the amount of water you consumed so far.
- Get yourself used to this habit.
- Always drink water before, during, and after every meal.
- Use a tumbler you surely love.
- Add some sliced fruits like lemon, cucumber, or apple to taste.