Herbs for Lung and Sinus Relief
Prana—it is the vital life force, also called chi in Oriental Medicine. We breathe it in as oxygen and we ingest it through the food we eat and water we drink. Our respiratory system plays a vital role in delivering prana to every cell in our body, thus when we are having sinus problems, our prana may be diminished. There are three major parts to the respiratory system—the airway (or upper respiratory tract), the lungs, and the muscles of respiration. The nasal cavities and paranasal sinuses are part of the upper respiratory tract. Healthy sinuses are lined with a soft, pink tissue called mucosa. They are normally empty except for a thin layer of mucus. When they are not healthy, they let us know with congestion, sinus pressure, and, often, headaches. Because our sinuses are part of the whole, sinus problems may directly influence the rest of the respiratory system, including the bronchi and the lungs. Fortunately, nature has given us herbs for natural sinus relief and herbs for the lungs as well.
Supplements for Lung and Sinus Health
Herbs that are favorable for the respiratory system may best be called expectorant herbs. Banyan’s go-to lung supplement is simply called Lung Formula, which is a blend of soothing and warming herbs designed to expel excess kapha from the system, helping to clear the lungs and chest so they can breathe freely. Licorice root is well-known to soothe and tone mucous membranes, and also liquify mucus so that it can be discharged from the body. Pippali’s warming qualities help to stimulate circulation, especially to the lungs. And vasaka is a bitter and astringent herb that promotes bronchodilation, supporting the elimination of the both excess pitta and kapha from the respiratory tract. Tulsi is another lung-supportive favorite, and is available as a tablet, bulk herb, and liquid extract.
For natural sinus relief, sitopiladi is a traditional Ayurvedic formula that removes excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the head and chest. Its blend of herbs and spices are naturally heating and help stoke the digestive fire or agni. For external sinus support, our new Breathe Free Balm offers warming herbs cooked into a base of organic oils, including the addition of camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol crystals. For the daily maintenance of sinus health, we recommend our Nasya Oil for clear breathing and a clear mind. Daily nasal lubrication is said to help release tension in the head and relieve stress. For more detailed information on supporting healthy lungs and sinuses, read more on our Lung and Sinus Health Guide.
Banyan Botanicals is committed both to your health and the health of the planet. All our herbs are certified organic and farmed by sustainable farming methods. We offer a 90-Day return policy. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with your purchase, we will gladly refund you for the price of the item. We apologize in advance for not being able to refund shipping costs. We do, however, offer free shipping within the continental US on orders of $60 or more.