Angelica This herb has been found to relax the windpipe, which would be very beneficial for asthma or other respiratory ailments.
Anise this old folk remedy actually contains compounds known as creosol and alpha-pinene, which help to loosen bronchial secretions, making it easier to expectorate them.
Cocoa Theophylline is the compound in inhalers. Caffeine and theobromine (chemically related to Theophylline) are both components of cocoa and can open airways to the lungs. Find chocolate that is between 60-70% cocoa. Use two heaping teaspoons in a cup of hot water, twice a day. Great for children.
Coffee For adults, coffee contains 60-120 mgs per cup, as opposed to cocoa, which has 10-20 mgs per cup. Studies have shown that coffee is highly effective at opening the airways. Try to stay within about 24 ounces a day.
Ginkgo Biloba platelet-aggregating factor also known as a PAF or paf-acether is a potent phospholipid activator and mediator of many leucocyte functions, including platelet aggregation, inflammation, and anaphylaxis. It is an important mediator of bronchoconstriction. The benefits of ginkgo include improving blood supply by dilating and toning blood vessels; reducing blood-clotting through antagonism of platelet-aggregating factor (PAF); and preventing membrane damage by means of its antioxidantand free radical scavenging activities.
Kola Nut The Journal of the American Medical Association recommends cola drinks for the management of childhood asthma. Although, this is not a prescription I subscribe to, instead take the tincture 2-3 times a day.
Elecampane Root helps to diffuse asthma attacks, especially if you are prone to attacks.
Parsley Leaf is a wonderful expectorant and helps fight coughs and asthma. Take the tincture, eat it raw or steep chopped leaves and stems in hot water for 10 minutes. Drink up to 2-3 cups per day. Caution: pregnant women should avoid parsley juice or oil.
Tumeric has a bronchodilator effect and it can be sipped, taken as a tincture or sprinkled in a cup of warm water.
Herbal Combinations and Formulas
Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably.
Shake the tincture bottle well. As a dietary supplement, place 1 to 3 droppers under the tongue, or in juice or water as needed, 2-3 times a day.
BreathEasy: Lobelia, Pleurisy, Marshmallow, Mullien, Coltsfoot, Licorice.
Cough Calm: Horehound, Elecampane, Comphrey root, Wild Cherry Bark, Eucalyptus, Chickweed, Slippery Elm, Licorice.
In a stainless steel pot, boil desired amount of water. The moment it boils turn the heat off. Add the following herbs in an infuser, muslin bag or tea ball for a single cup or add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup for larger amounts. Allow the herbs to infuse for up to 5 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day. For flavor-add lemon and sweeten with Stevia or organic honey. These herbs are helpful for gently cleanses, purifying, detoxing, anti-inflammatory. This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon and stimulates circulation.
Breath of Life Tea - This tea was designed for deep congestion and tightness in the chest and upper respiratory region. Helps the respiratory tract. Has astringent and tonic properties. Helps to reduce fever and eliminate gas, headaches and mucous. Useful in bronchitis, asthma, difficulty breathing and swollen glands. Helps by reducing mucus and inflammation. Mullein Leaf, Damiana Herb, Coltsfoot Herb, Red Clover, Wild Lettuce, Ginseng Leaf.
Detox Tea - This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon, reduces cramps, and stimulates circulation. Blackberry Leaf, Myrtle Leaf, Uva Ursi Leaf, Rose Hips, Alfalfa Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Juniper Berry, Psyllium Husk, Licorice Root, Sage Leaf.
Stop Smoking Tea - Reduces cravings for nicotine. Helps with balance and food cravings. Clears congestion, has a mild antiseptic and reduces swelling by helping to reduce blood flow. Mullein Leaf, Damiana Herb, Coltsfoot Herb, Red Clover, Wild Lettuce, Ginseng Leaf.