Amazing Herbs For A Healthy Respiratory System

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Ayurveda, the science of life, originated in India more than 5000 years ago. Ayurveda aids to find out the root cause of diseases and provides solutions based on considering it and the Prakriti( body type) of the person. Ayurvedic formulations are rich in a variety of potent herbs with lots of medicinal properties. Herbs are the blessings of nature.

Respiration is the process of the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Booth lungs and respiratory system play an important role in our breathing. Our respiratory system consists of the nose, mouth, throat, voice box, windpipe, and lungs. The common diseases that affect our respiratory system are allergies, infections, pneumonia, asthma, etc.

Ayurveda recommends a list of powerful herbs that are found to be very effective in the treatment of respiratory diseases. As this is a covid pandemic situation, we need to take extreme care to protect our respiratory system from diseases.

  • Pippali

    The chemical compounds in pippali are rich in anti-asthmatic properties. The roots and fruits of pippali are used to prepare Ayurvedic medicines. Pippali is very effective in rejuvenating the respiratory system. Pippali is an easy home remedy in managing cough and cold. The expectorant property of pippali helps to release mucus from the air passages.

  • Vasaka

    Vasaka or Vasa is a powerful herb that enhances the respiratory system. The manifold curative properties of Vasa helps to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds, nasal congestion, common cold, etc. The expectorant property of vasa helps to loosen phlegm from the respiratory passage and ensures smooth breathing.

  • Kalmegh

    Kalmegh is a seasonal herb that helps to treat various respiratory diseases such as cold, cough, bronchitis, etc. The herb is rich in anti-fertility, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and immuno-stimulatory properties. Kalmegh is very effective in treating sinusitis naturally. .

  • Licorice

    Licorice is rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Licorice root is very effective in treating asthmatic symptoms, cold, and sore throat. The Licorice root helps in reducing mucus in the respiratory tract. The rejuvenating property of licorice root helps fight various infections that are supposed to affect the lungs by boosting immunity.

  • Ginger

    Ginger is rich in anti-inflammatory properties that help to expel pollutants from the lungs. The anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help airflow from the lungs and improve pulmonary function.

  • Peppermint

    Peppermint is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The antiviral properties of peppermint help to get relief from cold and flu. The menthol content of peppermint helps to get rid of sore throat. Applying a few drops of peppermint oil on the forehead and temples, neck, back and feet helps to reduce body temperature associated with a high fever.

  • Turmeric

    Turmeric contains a lot of antioxidants and vitamins. Turmeric aids in cough relief and natural breathing improvement. Turmeric's curcumin component aids in the treatment of abnormal inflammatory responses like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary fibrosis, and acute lung injury.

  • Cardamom

    Cardamom is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and fiber. The antimicrobial and antiseptic properties of cardamom help to prevent bacterial infections that could affect the lungs directly or indirectly. The expectorant property of curcumin helps to loosen the mucus and expel it from the respiratory tract also.

  • Triphala

    Triphala is a combination of three powerful herbs as Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amla. Triphala boosts our immune system naturally. Regular consumption of Triphala can improve your respiratory system and help to cleanse your lungs as well. The vitamin c component of Triphala helps your body to fight various infections.

  • Sita

    Sita is an effective Ayurvedic solution to relieve cough and sore throat. Sita is rich in anti-asthmatic properties. Sita helps to sputum formation and expels it out of the body.

The top 10 herbs that can improve your respiratory system are pippali, turmeric, ginger, triphala, cardamom, sita, peppermint, licorice, kalmegh, and vasaka. The importance of these herbs is very high during this covid situation.


The information regarding the list of herbs that improves the respiratory system was collected from ancient Ayurvedic resources. Kindly consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before using any herbs or herbal medication.


  • Charaka Samhita.

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