Natural herbs that support and boost lung health include those that break up congestion, soothe respiratory passageways, and fight dangerous organisms, according to the Global Healing Center. Examples include eucalyptus, oregano, lungwort, elecampane and lobelia.
Many of the natural herbs that help support the lungs are often already used in everyday foods or medicines. The most popular of these herbs is eucalyptus, which is commonly used in cough lozenges, explains the Global Healing Center. It contains cineole, which soothes irritations and breaks up congestion. It also contains a heavy amount of antioxidants that help support the immune system.
Two other herbs that work for decongestion and easing irritation are oregano and peppermint, notes GHC. Oregano contains carvacrol and rosmarinic acid content, which break up mucus and help clear the pathways in the respiratory system. They also reduce the amount of histamines. Peppermint contains menthol, which works to soothe the irritation in the pathways and promotes easier breathing. The plantain leaf is used to help ease mucus production, which is often the cause of coughs that can sometimes damage the lungs, states GHC.
Most of these natural herbs are available in grocery or health food stores, or it is possible to grow them a garden. Consumers ingest them in their natural form or in supplements or oils.