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Bronchodilators (Asthma, Bronchitis)


Herbs that expand the clear space within the bronchial tubes, thus opening-up airways and relieving obstruction.

Effective for asthma, bronchitis, emphysema. They may help cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and relieve cough.

Bronchodilator Herbs

  • Ephedra
  • Euphorbia hirta
  • Grindelia
  • Lobelia
  • Mouse Ear
  • Sundew
  • White Horehound
  • White Squills
  • Wild Thyme

Herbal Formulas for the Broncioles

Infusion of Mullein Leaves

1 ounce Mullein Leaves (cut)
1½ pints Distilled water

1. Boil the water and pour over the leaves.
2. Cover and let steep in a hot place for 15 minutes.
3. Strain through muslin to avoid the hairs.
4. Add 1 ounce of glycerine.
5. Cool, bottle and keep in a cool place.

Dose: One wineglassful to half a teacupful or more 3 or 4 times a day between meals. Children less according to age.

Purpose: This is a remedy for distressing cough and expectoration in phthisis and all pulmonary diseases. Also for hemorrhage of the lungs, stomach, intestines or any other internal part. When the disease is far advanced, the strong decoction of the leaves and flowers is recommended.

Infusion of Grindelia

1 ounce Grindelia Herb (cut)
1½ pints Distilled water

1. Boil the water and pour over the Herb.
2. Cover and keep in a hot place for 30 minutes.
3. Strain and add agave (or natural sweetener) to suit taste.

Dose/Purpose: 1 tablespoonful every 3 hours in acute cases of asthma, bronchitis, or acute renal catarrh. When relief has been obtained, reduce the number of doses to 3 or 4 a day. Children: 1 teaspoonful in agave or natural honey water 2 or 3 times a day, according to age and condition.


Advanced Treatise of Herbology by Dr Edward Shooks
Bartram Encyclopedia on Herbology by Thomas Bartram

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