An herb that helps to relax the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes), which causes them to open wider and makes it easier to breathe. Bronchodilating herbs are particularly beneficial in remedies for obstructive lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchodilators are either short-acting, providing quick relief from symptoms or long-acting, helping to control and prevent symptoms.


  • Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
  • Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Gentian (Gentiana lutea)
  • Honey
  • Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)
  • Ephedra (Ephedra sinica)
  • Onion (Allium sepa)

This video provides an overview of asthma, as well as herbs and other home remedies for this respiratory condition, including ginger, garlic, onion and honey.


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