Lung Detox Part 5 of 6

Lung Detoxification Part 5 of 6- Total Body Cleanse

 The lungs are an important part of the respiratory system responsible for extracting oxygen from the air we breathe. Oxygen then combines with hemoglobin in the red blood cells and is then carried to the rest of the body. The lungs have the greatest exposure of any organ to toxins from the environment from the air we breathe.

   There are 3 diseases that effect the bronchial tubes inside the lungs- asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Asthma consists of  breathing difficulties and bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Both can be triggered by toxins, which can be reversible in their early stages. Emphysema destroys elasticity in the lungs and is irreversible.

   Detoxification for the lungs is an important step in keeping our bodies healthy by removing toxins, cleansing, and rebuilding. Herbal teas can be an essential part of any cleanse utilizing herbs that reduce inflammation & congestion and strengthen the lungs. Teas should be consumed 2-3 times a days for 2-3 weeks, longer if you are or were a smoker. Vitamin E oil has been shown to protect the fluid lining the lungs and can be a benefit to smokers and can be taken during a lung detoxification program.

One of my favorite herbs for the lungs is Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, a hardy, tall biennial with fuzzy leaves and bright yellow flowers. Mullein is a relaxing and antiseptic herb that lubricates and heals lung tissues. It is used for almost any respiratory problem and helps to maintain the acid/alkali balance in the lungs. Use Mullein with other herbs in teas such as Lobelia, Lungwort, White Horehound, Hyssop, Coltsfoot, Elecampane, Vervain, Nettle and Thyme.

Decoction Lung Tea: Licorice root, Bloodroot, Pleurisy root, Pau d’arco, Fenugreek

Infusion Lung Tea: Mullein, White Horehound, Hyssop or Vervain, Lobelia or Coltsfoot and add Mint or Lemon Balm for taste

Add a pinch of Stevia or local honey as a sweetener if desired.

If you would like to learn more about Detoxification, join me at Ubiquitous Journey www.ubjourney.com on Tuesday March 13th at 6pm for a free class on the Total Body Cleanse. Email herbalelements@comcast.net for additional information and to sign up.

Kerri Bailey is a Certified Herbalist and has been working with herbs since 1989.  She holds a BS in Biology and owns blog.thepondpad.com and a water garden store The Pond Pad www.alpinegrows.com.

Always consult your health care professional when needed.  The information in this article is for educational purposes.