Updated: Aug 27
With the recent fires raging our beloved Santa Cruz Mountains, covering our city with smoke and toxic irritants, We, as a community are still dealing with the lingering smoke effects which we can ALL experience even weeks after initial contact – ARE you experiencing any of these symptoms ???
Feeling fatigued, sluggish, experiencing headaches, nausea, emotional trauma and/or throat and respiratory discomfort?
I have put together a detox guide to help you best support your health – with intent to rebuild your immunity and support your Lung/ Respiratory health.
1. Respiratory And Immune Tea
A soothing blend of herbs for healthy respiratory and immune support
Make your own !!! Keeps sinuses and chest clear, supports healthy lungs and respiratory system
Respiratory Tea - Effective and Easy. Mullein has long been used to help with coughs and other respiratory issues because of its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and expectorant properties. The addition of antispasmodic chamomile, demulcent marshmallow, and honey to this tea makes it very helpful for soothing irritated throats and dry coughs.
How to :
3 g (0.1 oz) chamomile flower 1 g (0.05 oz) marshmallow leaf and/or flower 1 g (0.05 oz) mullein leaf
Use approximately 5 g (0.2 oz) herb blend (12 fl oz) hot water. Steep in a covered container for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth or a tea strainer to remove hairs from the mullein leaf. Add plenty of soothing honey and sip while hot.
Immune Tea -One particularly common, but powerful, formula is mixing Huang Qi/Astragalus with Gou Qi Zi/Goji Berries. These amazing 2 herbs can be found in any bulk herb store
How to :
Simmer a light handful of astragalus in 1 quart of water for 20 minutes, strain, and then add a light handful of goji berries while the water is still hot. Let it steep until cool enough, and drink throughout the day. You can leave the berries in the tea and snack on them. Both herbs serve to enhance lung qi and function, but also provide nourishment and moisture/yin to relieve the dryness that the smoky particulate causes, as well as give it a carrier to expel it from the lungs.
2. Hydrotherapy: Detoxing with a Therapeutic Bath
Water is one of the most cleansing substances on earth. Therapeutic baths containing epsom salt, (also known as magnesium sulfate - actually not a salt but a pure mineral, helps the body release many of the toxic compounds we hold in our tissues.
3. Essential oils -Essential oils are great remedies for your respiratory system, allowing them to enter both the upper and lower respiratory tract to influence complete respiratory function. In addition, they possess receptor targets that make them an ideal solution to help you breathe easier during the most challenging situations.
How to use the essential oils: Consider using : Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Ginger, Peppermint,
Cinnamon, clove, and thyme ( these 3 combined are better )
-Diffuse a combination of the above oils for at least 60 minutes, twice daily.
-Perform a steam inhalation of one or more of the above oils (cinnamon and thyme may be too strong) once daily. The steam may help improve mucus clearance.
-Dilute and apply eucalyptus, myrtle, peppermint, and ginger to the upper chest, once or twice daily.
4. Book a Session with Acupuncture /Cupping
Acupuncture is highly effective for the treatment of lung health. Cupping also serves as an excellent therapy to expand the lungs, reduce wheezing, coughing, asthma symptoms, and restriction of breathing. Both are also helpful to alleviate sinus congestion, headache, and eye and throat irritation, as well as aid the lungs in their process of expelling harmful smoke particulate that is trying to find a home in your body.
If you or your family are displaced from these fires I am offering discounted or even a complementary treatment..Please email me at. Maria@mariamitchelllac.com or contact my office directly
Maria Mitchell L.Ac