MEDICINAL PLANTS IN CASE OF BRONCHIAL INDICATIONS
TURMERIC (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is the plant from which a spice is extracted that gives the yellow colour to curry (turmeric). Nevertheless it has been known as a medicinal herb for centuries in Ayurveda, traditional Indian herbal medicine. It is a strong anti-inflammatory and alleviates pain, swelling, fever and blocked respiratory tracts. The root contains curcumin, which is described as an antioxidant in many contemporary scientific studies intended to preserve good health. The anti-inflammatory action also works against chronic disorders and helps people who often suffer from colds. In addition turmeric helps to loosen mucous and has an antibacterial, antiviral, fungicidal and immunity-enhancing. It improves the long-term general condition and is ideal for weakened people, before, during or after illness.
MYRTLE (Myrtus communis)
Myrtle is an evergreen bush with narrow, leathery leaves covered in glands full of extremely fragrant oil. The oil is an antiseptic cough medicine that has been passed down to us from Antiquity. The leaves are processed into an aromatic remedy against chesty colds that has a very powerful action due to its high level of essential oil including the active component of myrtenol. This has an alleviating action on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and reduces irritation. For this reason myrtle is traditionally used as a cough medicine for adolescents and young children. Myrtle and its essential oil have an antimicrobial action and are consequently used as an antiseptic in cases of bronchitis. As an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant it improves the ability to fight off infections of the lower respiratory tract and speeds up recovery. Myrtle repairs damaged lung tissue and reduces mucous production and thus also the cough. It reduces the stabbing pain in the respiratory muscles with each breath in cases of bronchitis. Myrtle is also extremely effective in the treatment of asthma and asthmatic bronchitis.
THYME (Thymus vulgaris L.)
Thyme is a permanent asset in medical herbs from our regions. As a culinary herb, it is famous as the most important ingredient of ‘mixed herbs’ (Herbes de Provence). Thyme was already cultivated in the Middle Ages in monastery gardens to make infusions against colds, coughs and inflammations of the respiratory tract. Thyme is still one of the main aromatic plants against these disorders. It kills the bacteria that cause bronchitis and disinfects the mucous membranes of the lower respiratory tract: windpipe and lungs. The main component is thymol, an antiseptic antioxidant. This component of essential thyme oil relieves swollen mucous membranes and tense respiratory muscles. After administration, it is breathed out through the lungs, which allows it to disinfect the entire respiratory tract. It loosens stuck mucous and frees the airways. Thyme increases the immunity and combats inflammation.
CINNAMON (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Nees)
Cinnamon is used as a cooking spice. It consists of the inner bark of the shoots of the cinnamon tree, rolled into sticks. There are many varieties but the main one is Ceylon cinnamon, which contains an essential oil with extremely high antiseptic characteristics. Because it kills a very broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, we can rightly call it the most powerful natural plant antibiotic. It has proven its use for centuries in fighting colds and painful lung and airway infections. Cinnamon is an antipyretic and improves the resistance of the respiratory tract against micro-organisms. It helps to combat fatigue with colds and keeps you on your feet.
BLACK SPRUCE (Picea mariana)
As the cones of the black spruce ripen they become black, hence the name. This spruce is not only familiar to us as a Christmas tree, but it is also an important agent against severe colds with coughing and catarrh. The essential oil from the needles produces a wonderful scent and is also responsible for the action on the lower respiratory tract. The needles from this tree are used medicinally in cases of pain and infections of the lungs, windpipe and muscles. They have an anti-inflammatory action, accompanied by an invigorating action in cases of fatigue and exhaustion through illness, such as is often the case with colds. Black spruce reduces swelling and deepens the breathing. Like all spruces and pines the oil from the needles reduces coughing and reduces irritation of the mucous membranes in the respiratory tract.
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