When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to the bloodstream. The cells in your body need oxygen to work and grow. People with lung disease usually have difficulty breathing properly. Lung diseases lumped together is recorded as the number three killer in the United States. It is said that during a normal day we breathe nearly 25,000 times. Anything that obstruct breathing can lead to lung disease.
These herbal formulas can be quite useful if you suffer from lung diseases.
Decoction of Elecampane
1 ounce Elecampane Root (cut)
1 1⁄2 pints distilled water
- Put the root into the water and let stand for 2 hours.
- Bring to boil, then simmer slowly for 30 minutes.
- Strain and return liquor to pot and boil slowly until it is reduced to 3/4 pint. If it is to be kept indefinitely, add 2 ounces glycerine, as a preservative. If it is to be used up in a short time, use honey or other sweetener.
- Cool, bottle and keep in a cold place.
A wineglassful (2 ounces) every 4 hours. Children, according to age.
This is one of Nature’s greatest remedies, and has been used for tuberculosis, dropsy, asthma, etc., from very ancient times. Its history dates back to 1000 years and modern investigation has shown it to be of great value in all pulmonary and catarrhal diseases.
Infusion of Asthma Weed
1⁄2 ounce Asthma Weed (cut)
1 pint distilled water
- Bring water to boil and pour over the Herbs.
- Cover and allow to steep for 3 minutes.
- Cool and strain. Bottle, and keep in a cold place.
1 tablespoonful every 4 hours. Children, in proportion to age.
A remedy for coughs, bronchial and pulmonary disorders, to relax the system and stimulate the respiratory center; a prompt relief in paroxysmal asthma.
It is unfortunate at this time that we are seeing doctors and institutions advising people, even those with respiratory issues that they should wear a mask, convincing them that they will get used to it. Please ensure that you get fresh air in the lungs everyday, regardless of anything else you might do.
Elementary Treatise on Herbology by Dr Edward E. Shook
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