Treating the Respiratory Tract Naturally.

In my Botanical Medicine class, we discussed herbal treatments for problems in the respiratory system. Here is a summary of helpful herbs. (***However, if you are suffering from a common cold, it is best to seek the professional advice of a licensed physician; I am not a doctor nor a herbalist). These herbs can be taken in tincture form and/or as a tea (but remember to cover the tea when steeping to prevent the essential oils from leeching out).

For Decongestion
- Rosehips
- Cayenne pepper
- Eucalyptus (essential oil)
- Mint

For Expectoration (i.e. to help loose mucous built up)
- Menthol (often found in Vick's vapour rub and it mint-flavored medicines)
- Peppermint
- Eucalyptus (essential oil)
- Licorice
- Cayenne pepper
- Ginger

For Dryness
- Marsh mallow root
- Slippery elm
- Licorice

For Immunostimulation (i.e. to give the immune system a boost)
- Echinacea
- Ginseng

For Broncodilation
(i.e. to help with better breathing)
- Menthol
- Eucalyptus (essential oil)
- Caffeine (e.g. coffee)

Other Notes
- Honey is antimicrobial and soothing, however only when unpasteurized. Take a tablespoon directly to coat the lining of the esophagus.
- Cinnamon is astringent and can help sooth and protect inflamed surfaces.
- Common over-the-counter medications that have natural components and may help when in a pinch: Ricola, Buckley's, Cold-Fx, and Vick's Vapor Rub.


  1. Becca's Gramp has a bronchial cough - maybe these can help?

    Honey that's pure - correct?


  2. Unpasteurized honey isn't heated up so all of it's healthy properties aren't denatured.


Thanks for your comment!