20 Natural Ways to Cleanse Your Lungs

20 Lung Cleanse Recipes

Most of the recipes below are taken as teas because they’re easy to make, have beneficial steam, and are quickly absorbed.

For all lung detox tea remedies:

  • you may use a cloth tea bag, tea ball, or strainer for the herb leaves
  • use water filtered through reverse osmosis
  • if adding honey, use the raw, unfiltered, organic, and local stuff
  • cover the tea while steeping so beneficial oils don’t evaporate with the steam

1. Mullein Tea

The leaves and flowers of mullein are used by herbalists to treat respiratory ailments of all kinds, including asthma, cough, bronchitis, and pulmonary disease. Its phytochemicals act to detox and soothe bronchioles (air tubes in the lungs) and are effective natural expectorants (8).

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons mullein leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon dried spearmint (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Boil water and add mullein leaves.
  2. Add spearmint in a separate tea ball if desired.
  3. Steep for 15 minutes. Add honey to taste, if desired.

2. Eucalyptus Tea

Eucalyptus oil contains a natural antibiotic called cineole. The compound also has antiviral and antifungal properties.

“Surprisingly for an antimicrobial substance, there are also immune-stimulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and spasmolytic effects. Of the white blood cells, monocytes and macrophages are most affected, especially with increased phagocytic activity. Application by either vapor inhalation or oral route provides benefit for both purulent and non-purulent respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” (9)

Eucalyptus relaxes and expands the lungs and bronchioles, relieving congestion and discomfort—an exemplary natural remedy for chest infection.

Use small amounts of eucalyptus at a time, as it can cause nausea or diarrhea in larger doses.  Half a teaspoon per cup is all you need. Pregnant and nursing women and people with liver or gastrointestinal conditions should not take eucalyptus internally. Instead, inhale eucalyptus steam to treat respiratory ailments.

How to make eucalyptus tea:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried eucalyptus leaves
  • 1 cup water, boiling
  • Honey to taste

Directions:

  1. Pour boiling water over eucalyptus leaves, cover, and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Add honey to taste (optional).
  3. Drink up to 3 cups a day.

3. Lungwort Tea

Lungwort is a lichen that got its name in the Middle Ages due to its lung-like appearance. Traditional use of this plant has found it especially supportive of the lungs.

It’s been used for treating bronchitis, asthma, and lung disease when taken internally. It’s also useful for, stomach and intestinal ailments, and kidney and urinary tract problems. Additionally, lungwort can be used topically to ease the discomfort of eczema, burns, and hemorrhoids (10).

To make it pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried lungwort. Steep covered for 15 minutes. Lastly, drink several cups a day to reduce pulmonary inflammation and promote healing.

4. Oregano Tea

The carvacrol in oregano is responsible for its decongestant abilities and histamine reducers, which promote lung health. An antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal herb, oregano also contains antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress in the entire body (11).

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 tablespoons fresh or dried oregano
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
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Directions:

  1. Cut or crush fresh oregano leaves to release their oil. Skip this step if using dried oregano.
  2. Add oregano and steep for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Drink hot and inhale the steam between sips.

5. Plantain Leaf Infusion

The plantain here is not the same plant as the banana-like fruit but is the seemingly omnipresent plantain weed that has spiky greens that grow wild. Plantain leaves stimulate mucus production, making them a superb remedy for a dry cough or throat irritation. In fact, studies have found plantain leaf very effective in easing bronchitis and gentle enough for children. (12)

Since you can find the herb in your backyard, this is one of the most convenient home remedies for lung congestion. Plus, plantain also supports the immune system.

Since you can find the herb in your backyard, this is one of the most convenient home remedies for lung congestion. Plus, plantain also supports the immune system, which is great if you’re fighting off an infection.

Recipe:

  1. Pour 1 cup boiling water over 3-4 tablespoons of dried plantain herb (or ¼ cup fresh leaves).
  2. Steep 15-20 minutes and drink immediately.

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