Constant coughing and respiratory congestion can make daily life feel like a marathon. If you find yourself out of breath after walking just a few steps, or suffering a coughing fit each time you have a laugh, it might be time to give your lungs some herbal love. Medicinal herbs have long been used to clear the lungs, relieve respiratory symptoms, soothe cough, and lower tissue inflammation. But choosing the right herbs (or herbal blend) is a crucial part of the process – here's what you need to know about choosing the right herbal remedy between our two popular blends: Respirafect and RespiraCleanse.
When to use Respirafect® for cough
Respirafect is a herbal formula geared toward treating infections in the respiratory tract, like when you're in the throes of the common cold or bronchitis. With a blend of usnea, osha, plantain, elecampane, mullein, licorice, and echinacea, Respirafect fights lung and bronchial infection, reduces inflammation, and helps expel sticky mucus.
Infection-fighting herbs in this blend include usnea, used in traditional Western herbalism to help relieve upper respiratory infections symptoms, along with exceptional infection fighter echinacea, effective in treating streptococcal infections among others.
When to use RespiraCleanse® for cough
RespiraCleanse is a herbal formula designed to soothe coughing and chronic lung problems, such as lingering cough from a previous infection or lung irritation. A blend of mullein, horehound, plantain, red clover, elecampane, marshmallow, lobelia, and ginger, RespiraCleanse acts as an anti-tussive (quieting dry, non-productive cough) and as an effective expectorant (to thin and loosen mucus to clear airways and help you breathe better).
Cough is instantly soothed by the herbal combination of lung-healing mullein, commonly used for asthma, along with horehound which acts specifically on dry, spasmodic, non-productive cough. Soothing, demulcent marshmallow relieves inflammation and irritation.
Should you use both Respirafect and RespiraCleanse, at the same time?
Is there a time when both remedies should be used together? Absolutely! After all, infectious respiratory conditions are usually accompanied by their go-to sidekick: dry, irritated cough. Combining both herbal remedies is an ideal approach when you're dealing with a respiratory infection that brings about symptoms like dry cough, shortness of breath, and congestion. Fight the infection with Respirafect while RespiraCleanse effectively soothes coughing.
For more information on soothing coughs and colds check out our blog on beating coughs and colds naturally.
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ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA: Probably the most popular and most widely known of herbal remedies, echinacea is a drought-tolerant perennial plant that can grow up to four feet in height. With immunological properties, it is native to the United States and a member of the daisy family. Its name comes from the Greek that means "hedgehog"--a reference to its spiky central disk. The medicinal compounds in the purpurea species known as alkamides are more bioavailable when in the presence of those from the angustifolia species. This is the rationale behind our EchinAce formula.
Probably the most popular and most widely known of herbal remedies, echinacea is a drought-tolerant perennial plant that can grow up to four feet in height. With immunological properties, it is native to the United States and a member of the daisy family. Its name comes from the Greek that means "hedgehog"--a reference to its spiky central disk. The medicinal compounds in the purpurea species known as alkamides are more bioavailable when in the presence of those from the angustifolia species. This is the rationale behind our EchinAce formula.
A strikingly elegant member of the sunflower family, elecampane is native to Europe and Asia. Its Latin name, Inula helenium, is a reference to Helen of Troy, whose tears, as they fell to the ground, are said to have turned into the plant. The Celts considered elecampane sacred and called it "elfwort."
A classic perennial shrub native to Eurasia, licorice has been used as a medicine from the beginning of recorded history. Licorice root is the most widely used herb of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen to increase resistance to stress and to promote a healthier immune system response.
A tall plant with a stem that rises to a spike characterized by small yellow flowers, mullein grows in well-lit, disturbed soils throughout the temperate zones of Europe and Asia, as well as North America.
An unassuming perennial that lies low to the ground, plantain is a herb that occurs worldwide and has been used medicinally since Greek and Roman times, with reference being made to it by Chaucer in the Middle Ages.