Recipe: Lung Support Tea

A perfect daily tonic for people with asthma. It works to reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms, as it supports the lungs and lessens inflammation. It can help prevent lung infections during cold and flu season and soothe the lungs after exposure to air pollution and smoke.

You can also make this blend into a syrup for a sweet, easy dosage.

  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) mullein leaf (Verbascum thapsus)

  • 1½ Tablespoons (22 ml) licorice root (Glcyrrhiza glabra or G. uralensis)

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) cinnamon bark chips (Cinnamon zeylanicum or C. aromaticum)

  • 1 small reishi mushroom (about the size of a silver dollar), or the equivalent (Ganoderma lucidum or G. tsugae)

Add the licorice, cinnamon, and reishi to 32 ounces (1 L) of water. Simmer for one hour. Turn off the heat and add the mullein. Infuse covered for twenty minutes and strain through a muslin cloth or tight-weave cheesecloth. *Adults may drink up to four cups (32 ounces or 1 L) a day. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup if desired.

The measurements in this blend are for dried cut and sifted herbs (store-bought). If you’re using homegrown or wildcrafted herbs—or fresh herbs—use larger quantities.

*dosages are different for children.

This is recipe is shared by Juliet Blankespoor: Herbalist, Teacher, and Creator of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine.

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