Bacterial and viral infections of the respiratory tract usually occur in the winter season when cold, wet, damp weather affect the functioning of the lungs and other respiratory organs.
In many cases, we use antibiotics to treat respiratory tract infection but the problem is we are severely overusing these drugs to the point that these “bugs” are becoming superbugs and killing people because of something called antibiotic resistance. Add to that severe adverse drug reactions and side effects, we are making the problem even worse.
What’s more important, antibiotics can’t kill viruses, only bacteria. Antibiotics cannot destroy viruses because they can only target specific structures found in bacteria. Since viruses don’t have these structures inside of them, the antibiotic has nothing to attack.
In addition, we know some plants and herbs that can and will attack viruses and clear the mucus in lungs.
7 Effective Antiviral and Anti-Bacterial Herbs for Clearing Mucus in Lungs
If you cannot stand to eat it, get the odor-free capsules and eat it like candy. This, of course, will help with viral infections on the skin. You can also pulp raw garlic and wrap it in gauze.
Eucalyptus contains Cineole, which is a common active ingredient in cough syrups. It’s an effective antiviral and decongestant, therefore it’s going to assists fight your cold while eliminating congestion, and decreasing the inflammation.
Similar features that eucalyptus has, use the vapors to treat sinusitis and lung illnesses.
Both peppermint and peppermint oil contain menthol, a soothing ingredient known to relax the muscles. The menthol in peppermint has the ability to soothe the respiratory tract to promote better breathing. Peppermint also contains antioxidants that help strengthen the immune system and fight off infections.
- Licorice Root
Licorice has the ability to soften the mucous membranes of the throat, lungs and stomach. It soothes while cleansing any inflamed mucous membranes that need immune support. The antibacterial and antiviral effects of licorice root help fight off bacterial strains in the body that can cause lung infections.
Thyme produces powerful antiseptic essential oils that are antibiotic and anti-fungal. Consuming thyme tea can help eliminate bacteria and viruses that may be causing your infections.
Oregano herb contains vitamins and nutrients essential for the immune system. It contains compounds like Rosemarinic acid and carvacrol, which are natural decongestants (relieves nasal congestion) and histamine reducers. Both have positive effects on the respiratory tract and nasal passage airflow.