Herbs for Chest Infection
Learn which herbs are useful allies in preventing or fighting a chest infection, as well as how best to make use of them.
- Thyme – The infused leaves of this herb make a refreshing tea to treat chest infections. Thyme has potent anti-microbial activity that helps to fight bacterial and viral respiratory infections. A soothing syrup made with honey is also beneficial. Use this Mediterranean herb as a tea or infusion.
- Liquorice – Liquorice root is dried and powdered to prepare a tincture. Its expectorant and anti-inflammatory actions make it a soothing remedy for respiratory infections, The herbs general health promoting action is helpful when convalescing from bacterial infections. The dried juice can be made into candy sticks which are popular with children.
- Coltsfoot – Coltsfoot, as a decoction or herbal tobacco, has treated chest infections and coughs for thousands of years. Its soothing properties are due to mucilages and anti-inflammatory polysaccharides. Coltsfoot’s winter flowers and large leaves can be harvested and dried.
- Mullein – A country remedy for bronchitis and emphysema, mullein is a tonic for the whole respiratory tract. Its expectorant and soothing actions on the lungs membranes make it a popular remedy. Mullein’s fleshy leaves are harvested in their first year.
- Cowslip – A decoction of cowslip root sweetened with honey is taken to cleanse the lungs of phlegm. It is effective for treating chronic bronchial infection and its sedative properties aid sleep. The hay meadow cowslip’s roots have expectorant properties.
- Hyssop – The flowers of this shrub are harvested in summer to produce infusions and tinctures. Valued since ancient times for treating tuberculosis and pleurisy, hyssop reduces fever, eases lung congestion, loosens mucus and build resistance.
- Elecampane – Elecampane is a warming tonic for chest infections. Safe for use with children and the elderly, its expectorant action relieves the bronchial tunes and fights bacterial infection. Its tonic action rests health to the respiratory system. Use an infusion of the root of elecampane to make a soothing syrup.
Hot Mustard Respiratory Poultice
For this recipe, you will need :
- 100g mustard seed
- A little warm water
- A small mixing bowl
- A pestle and mortar
- Two sheets of muslin
How to Prepare
- Grind 100g of mustard seeds with a pestle and mortar until they have become a fine, even powder. Place the powder in a small mixing bowl.
- Mix the mustard seed powder with a little warm water to make a thick paste. Add the water slowly so as not to miss the correct consistency.
- Spread the mustard seed paste evenly between two thin sheets of muslin. This should be done while the paste is still warm.
- Apply the poultice across your chest. Leave it in place for a couple of minutes, until the paste has cooled. Make sure to breathe deeply.