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This year has been one loooong fire season in Montana and a lot of Western states. Brutal.

I'd made up some refrigerator tea with mullein leaves, chamomile, mint, and rose hips to be a mild, soothing tonic and probably need to make up some more.

Today, thanks to a friend, I ran across this article, which is a huge list of herbal resources in this regard. I highly recommend it. Way down in the comments, another herbalist chimes in that he thinks plantain is good for stressed lungs, too.



Prevention of and Herbal Therapeutics for Wildfire Related Smoke Inhalation

What is your favorite herbal tonic for respiratory distress?

 
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Ah, our friends at Green Path Herb School have written a great post about healing from smoke, too!

Herbs for Chronic Smoke



From the article (though there is FAR more than this, so I highly recommend you read the whole thing!):

Breathe Deeply Tea:
1 part Verbascum thapsus (Mullein leaf)
1 part Glycyrrhiza spp. (Licorice)
1 part Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)
1 part Mentha piperita (Peppermint)
1 part Urtica dioica (Nettles)
Take ¼ ounce combined herbs by weight and put loosely in a canning jar, teapot or coffee press. Add 1 cup of boiling water and let steep ½-2 hours. Strain well. Drink 1-3 cups a day.

 
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There are a different set of tips here:

Smoke inhalation - ways to protect the body and lungs from smoke

with simple, straight-forward tips to prevent excessive exposure (like using a wet rage over the nose and mouth instead of a face mask) than the first two. Though there are a lot of ads on this page.

We mostly stayed inside and ran HEPA filter fans (with or without the ion thingy) when the smoke was bad here. And have made mullein teas like the one from the Green Path Herb School article above.

 
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I'm not too experienced with herbal remedies for the course particulates that wildfire smoke throws off, for that I rely on air filters (a cheap air filter taped to the back of a box fan works surpassingly well). But one thing I do try and have are houseplants! Many plants are natural air purifiers. I always try and keep some spider and snake plants around the house for just that purpose. Plus, they're pretty difficult to kill.
 
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Kyle Neath wrote:I'm not too experienced with herbal remedies for the course particulates that wildfire smoke throws off, for that I rely on air filters (a cheap air filter taped to the back of a box fan works surpassingly well).

Smart! I saw a picture of a fan rigged up like that.

Kyle Neath wrote:But one thing I do try and have are houseplants! Many plants are natural air purifiers. I always try and keep some spider and snake plants around the house for just that purpose. Plus, they're pretty difficult to kill.

Of course! Another great tip! I forgot about the air cleaning effect of houseplants when thinking about this stuff because, well, forest fires and all that smoke is well, rather distracting to say the least.

 
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Definitely plantain. Soaking your feet in hot water and a warmed up serve of your refrigerator tea will be nice to do, maybe even beneficial
With mullein especially, a poultice on your chest will be good for healing.
 
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These are the few herbs I typically use and know of to specifically cleanse and strengthen the lungs.  Equal parts of fenugreek seed, pleurisy root, mullein leaf <-- 3 Lung Tea used by quite a few people with great results.

I've used a combination of mullein and ginger before with excellent results.  This is a very excellent combination to get you expectorating.  Just watch your dosage, because if you take too much it will be difficult to breath as your lungs begin to expectorate.  But once they are somewhat clear you can ramp the dosage up and you'll begin to knock loose everything in there and cough it out.

From my experience and all the herbs I've taken.  The ginger and mullein combination is at the top of the list if you want to break up the stuff in your lungs and cough it out.  But I like all the other herbs as well to help build/strengthen/cleanse the lung tissues.

Multiple dosages daily seem to be best with herbs.  With the ginger/mullein combo, I would take it three or more times per day to get results, and I've noticed that it seems to be best way to take most all herbs.
 
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