Herbs to Boost Respiratory System Health

Updated: Jul 7


Ayurveda uses many species of peppercorns, and they generally have a prabhava for

drying as black pepper, which is excellent for releasing mucus, such as sinus

congestion. A traditional preparation is to boil 10 peppercorns in milk and drink for a

sinus releasing experience like no other


Probably the most common respiratory discomfort is a simple sore throat. Soothing

the irritated throat with herbal demulcents and the tender lungs with reflex

demulcents often brings substantial relief. Licorice root (Glycyrrhizaglabra) guards

respiratory mucus membranes with a coating of carbohydrate slime.

Use 1 teaspoon of chopped root or powder, brewed as tea, three times a day, or more often as needed.

Oral doses of licorice lubricate the lung lining by reflex action.


An Ayurvedic combination of the fruits amalaki, haritaki, and bibhitaki, is

the classic herbal decoction for long-term gargling, and many Ayurveda aficionados

include it in their dinacharya to balance the doshas in the throat area. Singers and

public speakers gargle with bibhitaki decoction, which is more drying, to astringe the

throat before a performance.


Vasaka leaf (Adhatodavasica, Malabar nut) is a famous Ayurvedic respiratory herb.

Commonly found growing in India, the remedy is bitter, astringent, light, dry, and

cold, with a pungent vipaka. It is kaphapittahar, but use caution in cases of long-term

aggravated vata.


Sitopaladi is in every home in India. It is for acute, serious, unproductive cough and

specific for cough with copious white or slightly yellow sputum, sore throat, and A

simple formula, it contains sugar, bamboo manna (dried, aged bamboo sap,

vamsalochana), pippali, cardamom, and cinnamon. Taken as a powder, this fine

powder liquefies in the mouth and becomes a sugary syrup to soothe the irritated

throat. The sugar and the warming herbs liquefy and mobilize mucus, allowing the

sputum to be expectorated, and the vamsalochana rapidly shuts down the cough



Talisadi falls in the same respiratory category as sitopaladi, but it is a hotter formula

as it contains all the ingredients in sitopaladi, plus black pepper, ginger, and talisa, an

herb that is a good addition to your personal material medica. Talisadi has an immune

and lung focus.


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