Especially with all the deep sadness on what is going on in California, the Amazon and Australia, the necessity to write on the herbs that heal our lungs is vital. My heart is humbled and heavy with what is happening with the world at large, and seeing these fires affect so many friends and community members, it really shook my core on how precious and vulnerable life can be. Below are several herbs that are easy to find in most markets and herbs stores, that can really help you cope with environmental toxicity, and support you emotionally.  

The Lungs

are the organs of respiration, responsible for supplying oxygenated blood to every organ of the body and eliminating the waste matter from the cells through our expiration. 

Our lungs are always at work. At every moment of the day they’re cleansing the air, delivering oxygen to the cells, and energizing the body with life. They are constantly filtering, protecting, and transforming the external world into a refined and perfected air, free from pollutants, and environmental irritants. If we don't provide maintenance to our precious filters, they stop working well, and allowing irritants to pass through easily into the body. In today’s world its pretty impossible to evade toxins altogether through our air channels. Which just places a greater importance on keeping our lungs happy with the right diet and herbs before an issue manifests itself. Many people don't tend to pay attention to the lungs unless they have to, yet its vital to keep them strong with the right herbs, diet, breathwork and exercise to feed the body and mind oxygen rich nourishment.

Psycho - Emotional Aspects of the Lungs

The word used for breathing-in is “inspiration,” which is the main function of the Lung, both physically and spiritually. To be properly “inspired,” we must create space by getting the old stale air out, along with old, preconceived notions of reality. In emotional and spiritual terms, the Lungs rule our processing of grief and trauma, and can be greatly detrimented by too much worry and sadness. Lungs balance the ability to yield and demand, give and take, hold on and let go. When the Lung (Metal) energy is out of balance, order and discipline are rigidly maintained, the emotions are kept under tight control, rules and routines become inflexible, and the body begins to stiffen up. Physically we are more prone to bronchial infections and sinusitis. Our allergies are amplified and issues like asthma and heaviness of the chest can appear.

There are quite a few lung tonics out there that really help on a long term level, as well as select others that help with acute conditions — physically and energetically. The good news is that nature has provided us with a variety of herbs that provide medicinal constituents that support the entire respiratory system.  

6 Lung Protective Herbs 

1. Astragalus.   

Perhaps the number one Lung Tonic commonly used Chinese herbs for strengthening and tonifying Qi (our energetic system) and immune system. In Chinese Medicine, the lungs and the colon make up the majority of the immune system, hence its immune enhancing properties. Astragalus works by building up the Wei Qi (immune defenses) and is great for colds, the flu, any difficulty breathing (such as asthma).

2.  Osha Root. 

One of Rocky mountain’s greatest medicines. Osha supports the thinning and expelling of mucus, which is very appropriate for dry, hacking coughs.  It increases oxygenation in the lungs, acts as a diaphoretic, which causes sweating and helps to break a fever.  This aids in the elimination of toxins which is especially useful in the first phase of an infection.  

3. Reishi.

One of the greatest tonic herbs on earth. It assists the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys and blood. Recognized as a medicinal mushroom for over 2000 years, and its powerful effects have been documented in ancient scripts and in modern scientific articles for its ability in promoting health and longevity. Along with many functions, its known to particularly strengthen the respiratory and immune system.  

4. Mullein. 

(Easy to find in the woods!) An infusion of mullein is a useful remedy for dry, irritated lung conditions or a dry, raspy throat.  The leaf encourages secretions in dry mucus membranes. 

5. Wild Cherry. 

(Easy to find in the woods!) Wild cherry bark is a respiratory sedative and antitussive agent.  It can be very helpful in alleviating rapid or shallow breathing that results from asthma or a bronchial infection.  It helps to relax and strengthen the respiratory system in cases of infection, and is often used in cough syrup and other cough formulas. 

6. Elecampane Root. 

(Easy to find in the woods!) Elecampane can be used as a respiratory tonic and can also help to speed the recovery process for lingering lung infections.  It is specific for respiratory conditions with excessive bronchial secretions, such as bronchitis, and for irritation of the trachea and bronchi that results in persistent and irritable coughing.  Elecampane has a soothing action, but also acts to reduce excess mucous. 

Communi-Tea Offering

We've donated 1,000+ and counting of our Lung Tea to over 800 families and businesses in California to help with the current toxicity in the atmosphere. For those of you in need please send us a note or leave a comment in this blog. We now have it available in a slightly larger size than our original donation-based bag, at a base cost for those of you who wish to pay it forward and send it to a loved one in need.



Am a 15 year lung cancer survivor, now a 4+ year pulmonary fibrosis survivor, am frightened to give advice as some people will ridicule my proven treatment, because of their ignorance. Suggest people with lung problems look up Serrapeptase, Also Curcumin as an anti inflammatory and Fucoidan. Good luck.

john Hopcroft August 06, 2020

I have cancer stage 4 both lungs and COPD where do suggest I start ?

Marie page May 01, 2020

I have found in addition to these wonderful herbs that Pranayama helps tremendously especially when used with the herbs listed above.. Pranayama is an ancient system of breathing and breath control that clears nasal congestion, oxygenates the lungs and whole system.. and is very relaxing!

Diane Churchill April 26, 2020

I had perfect lungs until 5 yrs ago. Suddenly got a three month flu type virus. Fever for weeks, and coughing months….and since then, I cough from alergies and my lungs feel sore it’s hard to get deep breaths.

Leisa Forman April 14, 2020

I have really bad asthma so does my son sentences hard to breathe

berenise ocampo April 02, 2020

Good information….I recently have had allergies that’s affecting my breathing….lungs! It has me concerned! Never have had any health issues till now!

Dawn March 28, 2020

Husband has COPD, stroke survivor. Thank you!

Jolaoso Prettythunder March 27, 2020

herbal tea how much plz copd 4 yrs now like to try something except medication email and take it from there thankyou.

Tracy McCarthy March 24, 2020

I need a herbal store. I would like to clean my lines I suffer from asthma, bronchitis

Tracy Lewis March 22, 2020

My husband has bad lungs he is on all kinds of medication but it barely helps is there anything he can take to improve his lung function. He is 72 thx you

Faye duhon March 21, 2020

Best way to cleanse lungs…


Breathe deep, breathe slow, breathe fast.

Just instentionally breathe

Jay December 23, 2019

What tea would you recommend to shrink lung nodule, thankyou

Wendy Romano December 08, 2019

My friend has copd please helo her.

Poppy October 07, 2019

I have a friend who has COPD. She is not yet on oxygen but soon will be. I would like to know where I can get your tea. Please give me the address where I can order it and what the cost will be. Ellen September 22, 2019’

Ellen September 22, 2019

My mom is suffering from COPD, Asthma, Bronchitis and Sleeping Ab. She quit smoking a year ago and now she is going through some residual affects.What would you recommend to start detoxing her lungs for starters

Sheronica McIntyre August 30, 2019

My mom is suffering from COPD, Asthma, Bronchitis and Sleeping Ab. She quit smoking a year ago and now she is going through some residual affects.What would you recommend to start detoxing her lungs for starters

Sheronica McIntyre August 30, 2019

Thank you . good information

durgawati August 30, 2019

Hello po.. as I read here you donated herbal tea, my mother has asthma, COPD. She’s not smoking ever. 2weeks ago she’s in the hospital in ICU because of Peunomonia with COPD. She’s in our home now. Can you donate us that herbal mushroom tea for my mother.? We can’t afford to buy it. I just want my mother to be healthy 😭😭😭 again.

Alicia August 24, 2019

A lot ngs collapsed case. Lungs congestion is getting worse. Needs some herbal tonic.

shakeel ur rehman August 22, 2019

I am not sure of the cause of COPD in my case. I smoked pack a day for 12 or 13 years, but quit 40 years ago. I have been an outdoor person all my adult life. Coughing started last summer producing thick mucus, greenish tint to clear. I tried prednisone and antibiotics, but no change. X-rays are negative, heart lungs and blood and serum chemistries all are normal. I have lung calcification from childhood bout with histoplasmosis. I am 75 years old and retired.My current doctor directed me to which I purchase the COPD herbal remedies from them ,they are located in Johannesburg, the herbal treatment has effectively reduce all my symptoms totally, am waiting to complete the 15 weeks usage because they guarantee total cure.

Felix Lina July 05, 2019

Suffering from stage 4 COPD, would like some of ur tea n other valuable herbal supplements n where to order.
Thank u n God bless !!!

Kyle June 22, 2019

I known a person suffering with some kind of lung problem from childhood, he is now a grown man and it resurface every so often.

Loretta Akinduro June 18, 2019

Hi there, my mother has suffered many years of severe bronchial Infections resulting in severe Pneumonia which in turn, exacerbates her asthma. Every year we brace ourselves as her right lung has decreased in function and has developed a scar from the tip up. While this scar has been monitored and has not increased in size…her health and overall quality of life, unfortunately, has suffered quite some. She is now exhibiting signs of COPD. While we are seeing a pulmonary specialist, I’d like a little more information on the above to see what I can do to supplement her health naturally. Looking forward to hearing from you ;)

Daniela R. June 18, 2019

My husband has 35% lung capacity left. Had every test, lung biopsy , medical community no idea .not a smoker, no different air quality, they guess Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (no clue cause) joints lock up, 1 -2×wkly, hands worst.. His doctor says 2 different conditions. I
Know they’re related..We need help???

Marylue Wiesen May 30, 2019
I’m at home right now and I have a friend that has COPD is having trouble breathing I’ve got various herbs and cheese but none of them are the six one you talked about over there I’ve got throat comfort which is licorice fennel wild cherry cinnamon orange peel slippery elm a couple other things I’ve got change your route I got Tumerick I got Ginko I’ve got Tulsa I peppermint eucalyptus
Deborah May 16, 2019

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