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Herbs that open up airways and help with treating cancers

Updated on June 25, 2014

Although many still lack confidence in the power of nature, more and more people are reaching for natural remedies when some health problems occur or take them as prevention.

The increasing use of medications, their side effects and created resistance to specific antibiotics are just some of the reasons why more and more patients are seeking salvation in nature.

If you decide to treat yourself with herbal preparations, be sure to consult with experts before.

Here is the list of plants recommended by nutritionist John Summerly that will help strengthen the lungs, help fight respiratory infections and chronic diseases.

Liquorice (licorice)

It is a plant which can grow up to one meter in height. Licorice is known worldwide for its exceptionally sweet root, which is used in the treatment of a long list of diseases. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used more than any other plant. Soothing and softening the mucous membranes of the throat, especially the lungs and stomach. It helps with inflamed mucosa and strengthens the immune system and reduces irritation in the throat and expectorant.

The active ingredient in licorice is glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar and has numerous healing effects on the body.

In combination with flavonoids that it contains, it may even help prevent lung cancer.

If you suffer from stomach problems, consume licorice powder. For sore throats chew and suck a piece of raw licorice. If you have a dry cough use extract of liquorice mixed with honey.

Banyan Botanicals Licorice Root Powder, 1/2 Pound - USDA Organic - Glycyrrhiza glabra - Ayurvedic Herb for Lungs, Skin, & Stomach …
Banyan Botanicals Licorice Root Powder, 1/2 Pound - USDA Organic - Glycyrrhiza glabra - Ayurvedic Herb for Lungs, Skin, & Stomach …

I love this licorice root especially as it is in powder form and can be used quickly in hot drink. Anyone having digestive sensitivity will enjoy the benefits of this great licorice tea.


Tussilago (Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara)

It is a permanent medicinal herb known for its effects on the airways. The flowers and leaves contain glycosides, tannins, bitter substances and essential oils, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and inulin, bitter glycoside tusilagin, gallic acid and phytosterine.

It is used to treat coughs, asthma, emphysema, acute and chronic bronchitis. Tussilago prevents inflammation and heals already caused inflammation and it loosens mucus. Leaves and flowers of tussilago are considered a cleaner of blood since ancient times, and it is used as a poultice for sore veins, burns and so on.

Indian hemp

Indian hemp is used for thousands of years in traditional medicine, and it has been proven beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of a range of serious diseases, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and the side effects of chemotherapy. It is a sort of natural analgesic that supposedly relieves the spasms. Up to now numerous studies have shown a positive effect of the drug in the treatment of tumors. The principal active ingredient, THC, is responsible for the reduction in growth of tumor cells, or their destruction.

The active ingredients in indian hemp strengthen the immune system and prevent the spread of infection, open up airways and "clean" the sinuses, which can help with asthma.

 Nutiva Organic Cold-Pressed Unrefined Hemp Oil, 24 Ounce
Nutiva Organic Cold-Pressed Unrefined Hemp Oil, 24 Ounce

This product among other benefits, helped many people who are struggling with all kinds of cancers.


Breckland thyme

Thyme is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic. Its effect on acne and prevention of infection is well known. Used for centuries as a cure for lung diseases and respiratory infections. Thyme beverage cleans delicate inner parts of the body. If you drink a cup of thyme tea in the morning instead of coffee you will quickly feel its healing effect: the freshness of spirit, a good feeling in stomach, no morning cough and general well-being. It is also great in the fight against alcoholism, and sexual interference.


Oregano is native Mediterranean plant that is regarded as one of the most healing plants in the world, and although it contains vitamins and nutrients needed to strengthen the immune system, its biggest advantage is that it contains carvacrol, an ingredient that has strong antibacterial properties. Some of the oregano oils contain up to 90% of the active healing ingredient carvacrol. Scientists have found that oregano oil is effective against 25 different bacteria. As well as killing bacteria, oregano oil has strong antiviral activity and effectively protects against flu, colds, chicken pox, mumps and measles.

1oz Oil of Oregano, Super Strenght 83-85% Carvacol, Pharmaceutical Grade. Wild Oregano From Greek Mountains
1oz Oil of Oregano, Super Strenght 83-85% Carvacol, Pharmaceutical Grade. Wild Oregano From Greek Mountains

This is for sure the best oregano oil you can buy - see the Carvacol content. Most sellers don't even list the Carvacol % even though it is the most important ingredient when comparing potency from one brand to another. I highly recommend taking this for Candida or other infections.



This plant use to be given to the horses to be able to breathe more deeply, and today is known as one of the most effective herbs for treating asthma. Alkaloid lobeline that it contains, has a positive effect against multi-resistant tumor cells. It stimulates the adrenals to release adrenaline and relaxes the airways and makes it easier to breath. It help with cough.

Organic Lobelia Dried ~ 1 Ounce ~ Lobelia inflata
Organic Lobelia Dried ~ 1 Ounce ~ Lobelia inflata

This organic dried herb is perfect for tea's, smoking blends, tincturing, and many other uses.



The refreshing scent of eucalyptus has always been used for respiratory tract health and reducing throat irritation. Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in pastilles and cough syrups, and it is all because its compound called cineole. Eucalyptus contains antioxidants and acts as a support for the immune system. Eucalyptus oil is great for lowering temperature and colds, sinusitis and throat infections.

NOW  Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 4-Ounce
NOW Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 4-Ounce

Clean, pure and unadulterated with other oils or additives. Great for use for upper respiratory congestion or sinus infections.


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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      It's always interesting to learn about some new herbs. Thanks.