Pneumonia is an infection of the lung caused by bacteria, fungus, or viruses that enter the lungs, leading to inflammation of the lung tissue. It is a general term used to describe any infection that is deep in the lungs. Those at higher risk of developing pneumonia are the elderly, those with weakened or compromised immune systems, those that are hospitalized, alcoholics, those that smoke and those suffering with other health conditions.
Symptoms: Rapid, shallow breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, sore throat and headache, cough with mucus and possibly blood, fever, sweat, shivering attacks, fatigue and exhaustion.
- Ginger tea with raw honey and a squirt of lime - ginger is warming and drying which can help the wet condition of the lungs.
- Yarrow Bath: Yarrow baths are a go to healing remedy for whatever may ail you in our home. Yarrow just knows what to do in a body to bring about balance and healing. Make a strong batch of yarrow tea (I fill a french press 3/4 full of yarrow and then pour boiling water to the full mark and let it sit for about a half hour before pouring into a warm bath. Soak in this for at least a half hour, drinking plenty of fluids while soaking.
- Thyme Bath: I learned about the wonderful healing properties of a thyme bath when I worked for a chiropractor years ago and his go to for any respiratory illness was a thyme bath, he would sell it by the pound. When I had my own children and got to deal with croup more than my share, I relied on thyme baths to relief the congestion, open air ways and kill viruses.
- Incorporate plenty of garlic and onions in the diet. Not only do these foods have antibiotic properties that will aid the body in killing the bacteria or virus, they also helps to expel phlegm.
- Hot Chest packs. These can be made using a poultice, compress or hot pad. You can use food such as onions, garlic, ginger and or mustard (seeds or powder not the condiment), herbs or essential oils.
- Alternatinghot and cold packs. If you are dealing with a stagnate condition alternating hot and cold over the area - in this case the lungs - will get the lymph and blood moving. Chest claps are another way to help break up mucus so it can be expelled.
- Castor oil massage: massage into the chest and on the back every morning and evening before bed. Castor oil applied to the skin will increase the blood supply to that area for focused attention. It also can stimulate the immune system.
- Using aromatic spices as a tea or in your foods. Those such as cloves, cinnamon, and allspice have microbial action that can help the body kill off harmful viruses and bacteria. They are also more drying so will help with the wet condition in the lungs. MyAutumn Spice Tea would be a good one to add a little raw honey to and sip on throughout the day.
- Dr. Christopher's Cold Sheet Treatment - I also reference this in my post on Hot and Cold Therapy.
This blend contains a combination of herbs that will fight infection, tend to be more drying for the wet condition in the lungs, aids the elimination of mucus, reduces inflammation and relives pain and swelling. Take in small frequent doses throughout the day.
Combine the following herbs:
Healing Plants of the Rocky Mountains Immune System Formula by Darcy Williamson
This is a powerful herbal antibiotic formula. She suggests taking in small frequent doses several times throughout the day. All of these herbs are found all over the Rocky Mountain area as foraging plants.
- 4 parts arrowleaf balsamroot
- 2 parts lomatium
- 2 parts gumweed
- 1 part red clover
Expectorant Cough Syrup - The Herbal Drugstore
Combine the following in a pot over medium heat:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons mullein leaves
- 2 teaspoons horehound
- 2 teaspoons rosemary
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- pinch of cayenne
Dr. Christopher's Immucalm
Sometimes the immune system can get in overload mode and sends so many blood cells to take care of the lung problem that too much mucus builds up too quickly. This formula helps to calm the immune response while also strengthening and stimulating the body's ability to fight off infection.
Combine equal parts:
- Marshmallow Root
- echinacea - stimulates the immune system
- Oregon graperoot
- garlic - 4 cloves is equal to one dose of antibiotics
- usnea - best used in tincture form
- wormwood - strong antibiotic
- astragalus - immune builder and strengthener, take as a tonic daily
- oak bark
Expectorant herbs: These will help the body to expel mucus from the lungs, most likely in the form of coughing it up. As I mentioned above, this a good thing.