Respiratory tract infection refers to several infectious diseases that affect the respiratory tract. There are two types of respiratory tract infections: upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Infection of the upper respiratory tract entails viruses spreading to the nose, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx. Lower respiratory tract infection affects the trachea, bronchial tubes, the bronchioles, and the lungs.
The most common respiratory tract infection includes common colds, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, otitis median, and flu. Symptoms of respiratory tract infection range from sneezing runny nose to cough, nasal congestion, and low fever.
Natural Remedies for Respiratory Tract Infections
Below are herbs that can treat all types of infections in the upper and lower respiratory tract:
There is a reason why most therapeutic remedies for respiratory infections contain eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus essential oil helps relieve congestion, reduces sinus inflammation and clears the nasal passageways. It promotes better respiratory health by soothing irritated throat and induce cough. Even better, eucalyptus contains antioxidants that improve immunity!
Lungwort is a type of flowering herb that belongs to the family Boraginacea. For hundreds of years, this herb has been used to promote better respiratory health and recover from lung infection. Lungwort contains potent bioactive that kills viruses and pathogens that enter the respiratory tract. It can effectively reduce congestion, ease inflammation and improve breathing.
Oregano is a rich source of carvacrol and rosmarinic acid. These nutrients help clear congestion and reduce allergies by inhibiting the release of histamine in the blood. These compounds have the ability to improve nasal passage airflow, improve immunity and eliminate pathogens from spreading to the respiratory tract. In fact, oregano oil kills Staphylococcus aureus more effectively than any over-the-counter medication.
Peppermint has similar effects to the respiratory tract as eucalyptus. It can relax muscles of the respiratory tract to improve breathing. It contains antihistamines that reduce allergy symptoms such as runny nose, wheezing, and congested sinuses. Peppermint also contains antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and stop pathogens right on their tracks!
Thyme is a great, all-around treatment for all types of respiratory tract infections. It’s packed with antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties that kill harmful microbes. Thyme oil is also a natural antibiotic and anti-fungal. It helps treat lung infection and bacterial infection pneumonia.
Osha Root is an herb that’s been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years as a treatment for upper and lower respiratory infections. The Osha root contains camphor that relieves inflammation and clear out congestion. It relieves chest tightness and sore throat. The herb also improves blood circulation in the lungs while relaxing the respiratory muscles. Even better, it contains natural antihistamines and calms respiratory irritation!
Lobelia contains an alkaloid called lobeline. This compound thins out thick mucus and effectively clears congested nasal passageways. Lobeline also stimulates the adrenal glands to release epinephrine. Epinephrine is a chemical that relaxes the muscles and airways, reducing chest tightness. Because it promotes better respiratory health effectively, Lobelia is often added to most cough and cold remedies!