Nowadays, modern lifestyle has made us more susceptible to numerous health conditions and ailments. Moreover, the medicines and antibiotics we use lead to drug addiction and antibiotic resistance and have side effects on the overall health, as well.
In fact, antibiotics can only eliminate bacteria in the body, but not viruses. Therefore, using antibiotics in the treatment of disease-caused viruses has been shown to be ineffective.
Luckily, there are numerous herbs and plants that have health-beneficial effects thanks to their antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Here are some herbs that efficiently eliminate viruses and cleanse mucus from the lungs:
Sage vapors are beneficial for treating sinuses and other lung diseases.
Thyme enhances the function of the respiratory system and fights against bacterial infections, like pneumonia.
Thanks to its high content of vitamins and other healthy nutrients, and its antioxidant and antiviral properties, oregano efficiently destroys viruses in the lungs.
In a glass of juice or water, add a few drops of oregano oil and drink it to cleanse the mucus from the lungs.
Peppermint is high in menthol, which relaxes the muscles of the respiratory tract. Moreover, due to its antioxidant and antihistamine properties, it provides beneficial decongestant properties.
5. Licorice root
Thanks to its high content of flavonoids and triterpenes, licorice root has beneficial antitumor, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects on the overall health.
Either apply garlic topically, use it raw or in the form of capsules and candies to enjoy the mighty benefits of garlic.
Cineole, an active compound found in eucalyptus, acts as an antiviral and decongestant agent, which effectively reduces inflammation and relieves congestion and colds.
Pour essential eucalyptus oil in a diffuser to sooth respiratory issues.
Coltsfoot has been used to strengthen the lungs for many years. It cleanses the excess mucus from the bronchial tubes and the lungs. Moreover, it relieves the mucus membranes in the lungs and effectively treats asthma, bronchitis, coughs and other lung issues.
Elecampane has been used to cleanse excess mucus, which impairs the function of the lungs. It is considered a natural antibacterial agent, which helps reduce infections, especially in people who are more susceptible to lung infections, such as bronchitis. It is recommended to take one teaspoon of elecampane 3 times per day for 3 weeks.
Lobelia is considered as one of the most valuable herbal medicines in the world. The lobelia extract contains lobeline, which has positive effects in the treatment of multidrug-resistant tumor cells. Lobeline in lobelia efficiently thins the mucus and breaks up the congestion.
In addition, lobelia enhances the adrenal glands to produce epinephrine, which relieves the airways and allows easier breathing. As lobelia helps to relive sore muscles, it is included in many cold and cough remedies.
Lungwort is a lichen that has been used to promote respiratory and lung health and prevent congestion. Lungwort also has mighty compounds that fight against harmful organisms, which affect the overall health.
Both the leaves and the flowers of this plant are used to make an herbal remedy, which strengthens the lungs. It is used to clear mucus from the lungs, reduce inflammation and clean the bronchial tubes.
Osha is a plant that supports the function of the respiratory tract. The roots of osha contain camphor and other compounds that enhance the function of the lungs.
There are numerous health benefits of osha, including improved circulation in the lungs and easier breathing.
Plantain leaves have been used to relieve cough and sooth the irritated mucus membranes. Most of the active compounds of plantain have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitoxic and antibacterial properties. Plantain leaves have been found to fight cough, common cold and lung irritation. Moreover, they are beneficial for relieving dry cough by hindering the production of mucus in the lungs.