Sadly, Colorado and much of the western United States is ablaze, and smoke from these fires is being carried for hundreds of miles. These days, even when the air looks clear, the air quality is risky. I have been asked by many patients what the best herb is for protecting the lungs from smoke-borne air pollution.
Vitamin C may provide the best quick and easy antioxidant protection for the lungs. Consider taking 4000 – 5000mg a day. Amalaki (also called amla) is also a good alternative, as it is a natural, herbal source of vitamin C.
For those close to the smoke or having difficulties breathing, I suggest a tea made from three very powerful demulcent herbs that soothe and support healthy lung function: Slippery Elm, Marshmallow root and Licorice root. The herbs must be chopped rather than ground, or your tea will turn into sludge. I suggest 1 tbsp of each of these soaked in 2 quarts of water overnight. In the morning, boil the mixture down to 1/2 quart and strain through a metal strainer. Take 1 tbsp dosages of this viscous tea every hour or two, all day to support the lungs. Do this for up to one month or more if needed.
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