Why the changing seasons are riskyDuring wintertime, we spend more time indoors than we do out in the open air. Spending so much time in heated and air-conditioned environments means your respiratory tract dries out, and the more dry it is, the greater chance you have of catching a cold or flu. Add to that all the time you spend breathing the same air as your possibly sick and contagious colleagues, family and friends; and it is the perfect cocktail for catching every bug that goes around.
Why a lung tonic is useful to keep your lungs healthyDuring the cold and flu season, keeping your lungs healthy involves eating a balanced diet (with plenty of fresh fruits like oranges and lemons, and lots of fresh vegetables), keeping well hydrated (by making sure you drink 2L of water every day), and making sure you take a herbal lung tonic if you are at a high risk of catching a cold. So, if you are at more risk of catching a cold due to:
- Your workplace (if you are stuck in an office building all day, or work with children),
- Your general lung health (do you usually catch every bug that is going around?) or
- Your environment (do you live in a smog filled or polluted city?)…
Herbal medicines for lung healthThere are many herbal medicines beneficial to the health of the lungs. Some herbs provide support to reduce the symptoms of lung infections (like a congested chest, spasming cough, dry cough or horrible sore throat), while others work to prevent these symptoms from developing when taken before a sickness develops. Examples of great English tradition herbs that help to treat and prevent lung infections include:
- White Hoarhound (Marrubium vulgare) – this herb is traditionally used for cough and wheezing of the lungs, and works to relieve spasming coughs and congestion on the chest.
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) – this herb is particularly beneficial for nasty sore throats, and is commonly used as an antimicrobial for chest infections. Used commonly in cooking, Thyme has a characteristic flavour and strong medicinal quality.
- Elecampane (Inula helenium) – this herb combines well with White Hoarhound, and works specifically for the relief of congestion on the chest.
- English Ivy (Hedera helix) – this herb is particularly beneficial in the relief of bronchial coughs and in helping to remove congestion from the chest.