In alternative medicine, the autumn is the season of the lungs. The lungs ensure the distribution of oxygen to the body and are among the five elimination systems. Unfortunately, seasonal allergies have a great impact on your lungs, even for the healthiest persons. Did you know that during shallow breathing only 10% of your blood is being purified, whereas in case of deep breathing from the diaphragm, this is no less than 80-100%? Deep breathing is crucial to the health of the lungs and for the elimination of toxins. Herbs play a significant role concerning the health of your lungs. Below, five herbs are mentioned that are beneficial to your lungs and can easily be planted in your home or garden. These herbs have medicinal properties that foster the health of the lungs and, as an additional advantage the herbs listed below are also aromatic. So do plant these herbs in your home and benefit from their healing properties.
1. Oregano (Origanum Vulgare).
Oregano contains carvacrol and Rosmarin acid. These are natural degraders and histamine reducers. Histamine influences the airways and the nasal passage. Furthermore it contains oregano antioxidants, that support the immune system during a cold or other illnesses. Oregano is a perennial plant that will flower every year. It had best be planted in bright sunlight and in well-draining soil. Since oregano is an invasive plant, it is better to grow this herb in a plant trough, regardless whether this is indoors or outdoors.
Fresh oregano adds a delicious flavour to an array of recipes. When harvesting the oregano, you cut of the stems and keep them in a cool, dry place in your house. After about a month you can remove the leaves and store them in an airtight pot.
Read about the other herbs that improve the health of the lungs on the next page.