There are many things we can do to support our lungs during fire season. The obvious is limiting outside exposure and wearing a mask when outside, but using herbal support can go a long way. The small particles from the smoke can be harmful to our bodies; from simple irritation of the sinuses to negative lung and cardiovascular impacts, wildfire smoke is not something you want to inhale.
Let us take a look at a few herbs we can use to support our bodies:
First is Pippali and Sitopaladi. Taking a small amount of each as a mixture with a spoonful of honey first thing in the morning can alleviate phlegm buildup as well as support the structure of the lungs.
If these are not available to you, consider mullein, Inula, Yerba Santa, and Yerba Mansa individually or go with a mixture of these herbs. Herb Pharm's 'Herbal Respiratory Relief' and Wish Garden's 'Deep Lung' are both excellent options to work on the deeper lobes of the lung to detox and cleanse out particulates from the smoke.
Lastly, chlorophyll is vital to providing oxygen to the blood stream which also has fantastic detoxifying and cleansing outcomes. Consistent use of chlorophyll allows for higher concentrations of oxygen and cleaner, fresher blood to be pumped between the heart and the capillaries of the lungs to breath easy.
For further information on breathing exercises (pranayama), smart foot choices, and overall Ayurvedic support for lung health or general well-being, set up a consultation today!
Breath fresh friends, this Wildfire season is no joke