The Lung is highlighted in the Autumn season when nature begins withdrawing into itself. If you have found yourself having cold or allergy symptoms as the weather shifts between Autumn and Winter, it's important to look at your Lung health and give it a bit of extra attention. The Lung is miraculous as it protects us against external pathogens and circulates fluids throughout the body. It is also the organ that helps us to let go of what we don't need both physically and emotionally. Each organ has a related tissue associated with it, according to TICM. The skin is the tissue associated with the Lung, if you want to have clear, vibrant, healthy and wrinkle free skin, it's imperative to pay attention to your Lung health and function. Luckily, we can use natural herbs to strengthen the lungs and avoid respiratory illnesses, here are some of my favourites. Lung formula’s are an ancient formula that uses a combination of wildcrafted herbs like Ren Shen, Bai Zhu, Fu Ling, Ban Xia, and Chen Pi to remove stagnant fluids, relieve chronic asthma and excess phlegm that's difficult to cough out. It also harmonises stomach function and helps bloating, indigestion, gas, and acid reflux, to name a few.
Eucalyptus opens us up the nasal passages for better breathing, it clears mucus and relieves inflammation. You can even hang eucalyptus in your shower and allow the steam to activate the glorious aroma. Thyme helps fight respiratory infections and serves as an antiseptic. It also helps to dissolve mucus, soothe coughs and fights nasal congestion. You can gargle with a thyme tea to soothe sore throats and tonsillitis. To prepare it as a tea, place a teaspoon of thyme in boiling water, let it stand for 10 minutes and then strain. Add a drop of lemon juice to enhance its disinfectant qualities. Liquorice is a natural antibiotic that helps reduce coughs and nasal discharge with its natural moisture. It also helps the Lung's partner, the Large Intestine by nourishing the Stomach energy (Qi).