- Alternative & Natural Medicine
12 herbs which help cure pneumonia.
Pneumonia is an illness which should not be ignored. Classic medicine will attack the streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria with antibiotics, while herbalism may help your body clean itself naturally.
By all means - ask your MD/GP if herbal treatment is suitable for your ailment.
Your infection may be severe and antibiotics should be administered or your life may be at risk.
Do not ignore the following symptoms:
- Cough with sputum.
- Loss of appetite.
- Joint pain.
- High temperature.
- Low blood pressure.
Have you ever tried curing pneumonia naturally?
- Blue skin,
- Blue finger nails,
- Severe shortness of breath (can't climb stairs without resting),
- Chest pain,
Bulgarian herbalists invented an infusion from a dozen of herbs, that will alleviate symptoms and help your body clean the bacteria from your lungs naturally.
Bacterial pneumonia herbal remedy.
Narrow-leaved fleawort (leaves)
Fol. Menthae pip.
Christ's Thorn fruits
St. John's wort sprouts
Anise fruits (seeds)
Yellow primrose roots
2 tablespoons of the herbs are soaked in half liter of boiling water. The concoction then rests in a closed teapot for 2 hours.
1 wine glass of this concoction is taken orally 4 times a day before meals.
What to do, if you can't find all herbs?
By all means, all of the herbs listed above have very good antibacterial properties and/or are very potent lung cleansers.
Find as many as you can and make your own mix.
There is no poisonous combination of the herbs listed above, so you are okay with whatever you can find. They will still potentiate each-other and improve your well being. Either by helping the antibiotics or helping your own body clean by itself.
Here is a short description of the listed herbs and what they do:
Pine cones (Strob. pini)
The oils and fatty acids inside the seeds are very potent antibacterial substance.
Tea made from pine cones (called "Matsu kasa" in Japan) is proven to help immune system.
Pine cone extracts are used as natural anti viral agents.
The ordinary tea from pine cones is proven to kill Candida albicans and reduce Escherichia coli replication (up to 80%) in the guts for just 4 weeks.
Sundew blades (Drosera L.)
Sundews were used as medicinal herbs since 12th century for dry cough, bronchitis and asthma.
They were known as Herba sole and also used as a mild aphrodisiac, treat sunburn, toothache, prevent freckles and to strengthen the heart.
Current use of sundews still include cough medicine (expectorants), treating ashtma, lung infections, stomach ulcers and many others (more than 100 herbal remedies include sundew).
Crushed flax seeds (Sem. lini)
You probably have a bag of those and add them when baking bread.
They are actually excellent for herbal tea as well.
A spoonful must be crushed and then boiled for 12-15 minutes to extract the omega fatty acids.
Flax seed is excellent in pneumonia because it absorbs the excess fluids in the body and you will breathe easier.
It is also excellent for your general well being, so you can either prepare a beverage or eat the seeds. Will do the job both ways.
Pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis L.)
Not many people know, that marigolds blossoms are quite edible. They are often used as a salad garnish or as replacement for saffron when yellow coloring is needed.
For lung diseases, the marigold blossom can be taken as herbal tea.
It has quite good anti bacterial and anti fungal properties.
And as I already said - if you don't like herbal teas - you may eat the blossoms raw.
Fleawort (Plantago L.)
Another ancient herb, still widely used in rural parts of the world. With external use it helps calm
- Insect bites.
- Poison Ivy rash.
- Minor sores.
Internally it is taken as a herbal tea, tincture or syrup. Excellent expectorant (helps cough out the mucus), very good anti histamine, anti bacterial, anti toxic and anti inflammation herb.
For insect bites - chew few leaves until soaked in saliva and put them on the bite. Cover with clean cloth and medical tape.
For cough aid, boil a tablespoon of dried leaves in 1/2 liter of water (2 cups) for 15 minutes. Let it cool. Drink one glass after meals. Avoid aged cheese, because it worsens mucus secretion.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita L.)
Apart from aromatherapy and essential oils, peppermint plant also makes excellent herbal tea.
It is often used for upset or bloated stomach and IBS. (Frequent vomiting can also be reduced by mint herbal tea)
When suffering from pneumonia, mint tea will help you breath easier. It does not help clean the disease but will make symptoms bearable.
Warning: Do not give herbal mint tea to babies and toddlers. It is quite irritating and not good because of its stronger taste and aroma.
There are no special preparation instructions. You probably have herbal mint tea bags in a box at home.
Drink it as any normal tea.
If you are especially interested in mint oil - soak the tea bag in a cup of hot milk. Oils dissolve readily there.
Common horsetail (Equisetum L.)
Horsetails grow almost everywhere (Except the poles). If you are living near a hill or mountain with river source - you probably rooted many of those herbs and burned them (they smell good, when cooked) because the species are often aggressive and considered an invasive weed.
Nevertheless - some strains of the plant are edible and many dishes in Japan and mediterranean countries have it (or had it).
The plant has some decent medical properties in moderate quantities but should not be taken in excess (large quantities are toxic).
Being mild diuretic - the horsetail tea reduces swelling of soft tissue when inflammation is present, so it is quite good for any internal disease which includes water retention (lung mucus as well).
The tail-part of the plant (see picture) is collected @ around April and May and dried. Crush the resulting bud and store in cool dry place.
It is considered completely safe to soak 1 tablespoon of the dried mass into 1 liter (4-5 cups) of boiling water and cover until cooled.
Drink 1 glass before meals (or use with a cloth as a compress over a swollen part of the body).
Icelandic moss (Cetraria islandica L.)
In old times in Iceland, it has been used as a medicine for chest ailments.
People were also cooking it in porridge and soup, but taste is a bit bitter.
It is mild laxative and should not be eaten raw or taken in large quantities.
Compounds inside the moss are readily soluble in alcohol and to lesser extent in water.
For lung diseases, soak a spoonful of the raw plant in a small bottle of vodka (or other neutrally tasting spirit drink). Let it rest for 1 week in cool dark place. Filter the moss away and use the bitter elixir to spike any herbal tea you prefer (mint is not bad).
15-20 drops of the spirit infusion in 1 cup of tea is optimal. Add honey to sweet it up
Christ's thorn fruits (Paliurus Spina-Christi L.)
Many people grow this bush as a decorative plant.
The herbal tea made from the fruit is actually very good blood cleansing tea.
It also lowers high blood pressure and cleans the intestines by forcing excess fluids out of the body.
This herbal tea is not directly affecting pneumonia.
It is taken as toxic purgative to clean the body.
Fruits are gathered around late summer or fall. Then dried and crushed.
2 tablespoons of the crushed fruits are boiled in 1 liter of water for 20 minutes, then left to cool.
Drink 1 glass after meal. Don't eat heavy and spicy meals while using this herb.
St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum L.)
This is probably the king of all herbs.
It helps against many ailments, including
- Slow thought
- Stomach ulcers
And many more.
Most importantly - against internal infections it helps your body to clean itself normally.
I already wrote an article regarding Saint John's wort, read it regarding infusion and herbal tea preparation.
Many cuisines use anise seeds for cooking. They add flavor and help digest food.
You may also eat them raw to alleviate symptoms of
- Excess gas in intestines,
- Menstrual cramps,
Anise seed oils also help in throat inflammation and lung congestion.
Yellow primrose roots.
The roots must be extracted when blooming ends and seeds are dropped in the soil.
Roots are washed, cleaned, cut in slices and dried.
A tablespoon of the herb is boiled for 10 minutes in half liter (2 cups) of water.
The resulting tea is cooled and taken 1 glass after each meal.
It has very good expectorant properties (help cough out sputum from the lungs) and is mild diuretic.