The World Health Organization states that almost 6 million people, both men and women, die every year due to tobacco use, 10% of which are only secondhand, passive smokers.
The American Cancer Society reports that the smoke from tobacco has more than 7,100 toxic chemicals, harmful for human health, 60 of which are related to certain types of cancer.
And this is not all- tobacco leaves from cigarettes are loaded with radioactive elements which get accumulated in our body, increasing the risk of cancer.
Herbs that can help the respiratory system
These 5 herbs are very beneficial for healthy lungs and respiratory system. Some of these benefits are:
- Antioxidant: efficient antioxidants which lower oxidative stress in cells
- Soothing: help relieve inflamed airways and nasal channels
- Calming: eases the spread of histamines
- Expectorant: helps dissolution and removal of chest congestion
Here are the 5 herbs:
This herb contains 2 important elements for healthy lungs, carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, which act as natural decongests and lower the release of histamine.
Usage: Apply one drop of oregano oil on your finger and inhale it for 1-2 minutes.
- Osha root
This root is loaded with many useful cleansing elements like camphor, ferulic acid, saponins, phytosterols and terpenes. It helps the removal of mucus from the lungs and sinuses, preventing respiratory system infections. The osha root also improves blood circulation to the lungs, making them healthier.
Usage: Add osha root tincture in your tea.
This flower looks a lot like lung tissue. It is rich in compounds which can eliminate dangerous microorganisms from the respiratory system.
Usage: Use it in a form of tincture to get the most benefits from it, and add it to your tea.
The eucalyptus plant originates from Australia where the native people have uses it for hundreds of years because of its many benefits. The main compound of eucalyptus is cineole, which has many positive effects on our health: it can soothe coughs, helps the immune system with fighting cold, it can help with congestion and ease the symptoms of irritated nasal channels.
Usage: Use therapeutic-grade essential oil from eucalyptus. Apply one drop of the oil on your fingertip and inhale it. Also you can apply it on the palm, cover the nose with that palm and inhale for couple of minutes. Some people use it instead of VapoRub to rub their affected chests.
This herb contains an alkaloid called lobeline which is very powerful in thinning mucus and dissolving congestion. Also, lobelia stimulates the work of the adrenal gland, so that it can produce more epinephrine, hormone which soothes and calms inflamed airways. This makes breathing easier.
Usage: Mostly it is used in the form of tincture.
Although it`s a personal choice and decision, we strongly recommend quitting smoking, because most cases of lung cancer are linked to smoking. And the numbers are shocking!
Leaving the cigarettes will cleanse your respiratory system, as well as the other bodily system from toxic chemicals found in tobacco, you will be able to breathe freely again, the energy levels will raise and you will save tons of money.