Considering the quality of the air we breathe every day, in cities and in our own homes, one thing is certain: we could all use a good lung cleansing, especially those who have trouble with breathing.

Many lung problems, including asthma and other chronic diseases, can be alleviated with the help of plants that are known for their beneficial effects on the respiratory organs, especially the lungs.

Their main function is to help the lungs to get rid of harmful substances and to make breathing easier.


Oregano contains carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, substances that reduce the amount of histamine (increased in allergies and asthma) and facilitate the passage of air through the nose. It is a natural decongestant (stuffy nose remedy). It can be consumed as a meal spice, in the form of tea or as an essential oil.


Menthol, ingredient that can be found in mint, relaxes the respiratory muscles, which makes breathing easier. Menthol also acts as an antihistamine, which reduces congestion in respiratory tract.



This plant (lat. Pulmonaria officinalis) has a very beneficial effect on the lungs by encouraging and helping expectoration. It contains a very large amount of antioxidants, helps the lungs work and prevents the lungs from getting ill.


Eucalyptus reduces throat irritation, opens up the sinuses and reduces blockage of the airways. Substance cineole, which it contains, has a soothing effect which significantly facilitates breathing.

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