Friday, January 4, 2013

DIY Lung Formula For Coughs, Bronchitis, Asthma



 This herbal combination for lungs has been a lifesaver for one of my daughters.  She began getting horrible coughs a few years ago on a repeated basis.  The coughs were dry, had a ring to them and were happening too frequently.  It seemed her lungs were weak: she would cough on and on if she was around a lot of dust outside or if she ran hard in the church gym.  One of her coughs even turned into pneumonia.  I knew I had to find something that would effectively target her easily inflamed lungs and draw out any mucus that needed removed.

I was so thankful when I found this formula in Dr. Christopher's book, Herbal Home Health Care.   Giving my daughter just one cup of this tea when she has one of her coughing fits heals it the same day!   

I also used this in tea form with my youngest last week.  She woke up with a barking cough and constricted breathing.  I made one cup of this tea and divided it throughout the day - it knocked the nasty cough out that day and she then had only an occasional, productive cough after that.  {For my youngest, I added the tea with juice so she would readily drink it.}

Here are the simple instructions- 

Combine equal parts of the following herbs:
{Click each herb below to read more information about them!}
  • Marshmallow - sooths irritated and inflamed mucous membranes
  • Comfrey - heals on contact internally and externally
  • Chickweed - as a "drawing" herb it removes toxins and reduces inflammation
  • Mullein - loosens, expels mucus and also calms spasms; reduces swelling in the glandular system. 
  • Lobelia - a strong relaxant, dilates the bronchial passages and relieves spasms
Mix all these herbs together and store in a bag or container.

There are 4 ways you can use these herbs:

1.  Make a tea by combining 1-2 tsp. {I always use 2 when making medicinal teas} per cup of boiling water.  Once the herbs are added to the boiling water, remove pan from heat, cover and steep 5-10 minutes, then strain.  Adults drink 1 cup 3 times a day.  Children drink half the amount.  Since I use this formula for coughs and lung problems, I prefer to give a tea because there's nothing like sipping hot tea to calm coughs, but the other methods below will also work.

2.  Grind the herbs with a mortar and pestle, and place in capsules for convenience of taking.  Capsules are easy to put together when using a capsule machine, but it can be done without one.  Tea and tincture forms are the most potent, but capsules will work also for those that prefer them.  For adults, give 2 capsules 3 times a day.  Give children half the amount.

3. Grind the herbs with a mortar and pestle and sprinkle the powder on applesauce or yogurt.  This is really convenient for children, but some adults may like this too!  Give the same dosage as #2.

4. Make a tincture with the herbs.  Administer 15-20 drops for adults and about 10 drops for children.

Not a DIY person?  You can purchase the formula in capsules here and in tincture form here

As I've said many times, God has created amazing plants for our use and good health.  His creation never ceases to amaze me.

*Note:  I take comfrey internally in limited quantities because I feel the studies done on comfrey are faulty.  However if you are not comfortable with taking it internally, just leave it out. :)
 
Do you have a favorite herb or herbal combination for healing the lungs?  I would love to hear it!

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 Wildcrafting Wednesday

20 comments:

  1. Wonder if this would be safe while nursing?
    Thanks
    Renee

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    1. Yes this formula is something I would take while nursing. Thanks for the question, Renee! :)

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  2. Where would you suggest getting the herbs? My son has mild to moderate asthma & I feel this would help him.

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    1. I purchase most of my herbs from the Bulk Herb Store, but they don't carry Chickweed as of now. You can click on the herbal names above and it will bring you to the websites I personally use. Thanks for the question! Keep me updated! :)

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    2. Find and support your local herb store, farmers market, etc.. you can also grow them. Fresh medicine is always more potent.

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  3. Great info to know! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday :)

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  4. I have terrible asthma since birth my mother gave me a lot of medicines but just temporary relief .Many times i was confined to the hospital when the attack worsened .One time I visited an herbalist who recommended me to try onion .Chop the small onion into small pieces and eat it raw followed by drinking water after each meal until my asthma subsides. It really works and since then my asthma is not that bad anymore

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    1. Awesome! Thank you for sharing, Alessandra!

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  5. Do you use equal parts of each herb? It says put each in a bag, so one cup of each?

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    1. Yes the instructions do say to use equal parts of the herbs, so if you want to make a large batch you can mix together a cup of each herb. If you want a smaller mixture on hand, you can mix 1/4 cup or a tablespoon of each herb. It just depends on how much you want to mix up at one time. Thanks for the question!

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  6. Thanks for making this lung tea mixture for me back when I had pneumonia Jill. (I am still using the bag you gave me with the 5 herbs listed.) A couple of weeks ago while working on a piece of property, having stirred up some moldy hay above a mulch pile among other things, I could feel a strange feeling in my chest, and this tea took care of it two different times. I even made a cup this afternoon, as I have been in some heavy dust situations the last several days and could feel the congestion in my chest.

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    1. You are welcome! I'm so glad it's been a help to you!

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  7. Hi! I believe that I have bronchitis and I was wondering if the Dr. Christopher's Lung health capsules would work to cure it. I tend to get bronchitis/sinus infections often and would appreciate any help in preventing/treating them! As soon as I get a cold, it always tends to go to my lungs. Thank you so much for your help!

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    1. His formula is great for any lung problem. The capsules work well too! I would use it anytime you feel something developing in your chest.

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  8. I'm wondering your thoughts on the internal use of comfrey. The Bulk Herb Store's description of comfrey advises against it. Thanks!

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    1. The Bulk Herb Store says that there can be damage if used in excess internally. There was a scientific study done on comfrey, but it was very faulty in my opinion. That study has made some herbalists hesitant to recommend internal usage. Comfrey is not an herb I would take internally every day as a health supplement, but it has been used and recommended internally by herbalists all over. I have never known of anyone with bad reactions to comfrey, but if a person is uncomfortable taking it internally, they can leave it out of this formula. I know of those that have healed internal injuries by consuming comfrey smoothies, or taking an internal formula with comfrey, when nothing else would heal it. It is an AMAZING healing herb. I know John of Mountain Meadow Herbs has been quoted as saying that herbalists have used it internally safely for ages and have never seen negative side effects. I personally treat it like I would lobelia or wormwood - limited to sickness or injuries. And of course there may be some who could experience a negative side effect, but it's the same with any herb or food. As I said, I've never known anyone that had a negative reaction, so I personally use it on occasion. Thanks for the question!

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    2. Thanks so much!! I will be trying this soon with the comfrey! :)

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  9. Would we be able to grow some or all the herbs?

    Thanks for sharing this!!

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    1. You should be able to, depending on where you live. I would get a good herb planting book {like Homegrown Herbs by Tammi Hartung} and see what type of climate and soil the plants need. You can also search for good books on Amazon and other online resources. I have chickweed growing everywhere around me, and have plans to plant the other herbs this spring. Growing your own herbs is FREE medicine! :)

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