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3 Herbs to Boost Your Lungs

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3 Herbs to Boost Your Lungs

Our lungs work overtime for us every day, ensuring that we have sufficient oxygen to power every bodily function.  With increasing levels of pollution in our air and our tendency to breathe shallowly, it can be helpful to give our lungs a boost.  Breathing deeper is the first step.  Additionally, you can give your lungs a boost with herbs.  Here are a few of my picks:


Coltsfoot has been traditionally by Native Americans for thousands of years to strengthen the lungs.  It clears out excess mucus from the lungs and bronchial tubes.  It soothes the mucus membranes in the lungs, and has been shown in research to assist with asthma, coughs, bronchitis, and other lung ailments.  Coltsfoot is available in dried form for tea or as an alcohol extract known as a tincture.


Elecampane has been used by Native Americans for many years to clear out excess mucus that impairs lung function. It is known as a natural antibacterial agent for the lungs, helping to lessen infection particularly for people who are prone to lung infections like bronchitis.  Herbal practitioners often recommend one teaspoon of the herb per cup of boiling water, drunk three times daily for two to three weeks but elecampane is also available in tincture format for ease.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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5:48AM PDT on Aug 2, 2015

Try not to depend on medications

4:38AM PDT on Jun 7, 2015


10:20PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

Thank you. I will share this with my father.

1:03AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thank you :)

6:39AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thank you. very helpful.

2:13AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

Thank you :)

6:42PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Thank you, helpful info.

11:33PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

Interesting,thanks for sharing

10:17AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

“If you want your breathing stronger, book your first Birthday Money Party. When was the last time it was hard for you to breath over candles?”

10:53AM PST on Feb 22, 2013


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