What are expectorant herbs

With winter soon upon us we move into a season where respiratory infections are on the rise. So what are the best herbs to help?

Expectorant herbs! They work on the broncho-pulmonary membrane in one of two ways. They can either thin mucus by clearing fluid from the lungs, bronchi or trachea or they can expel mucus that congests airways.

There are two types of expectorant herbs; nauseating expectorants and stimulant expectorants.

Nauseating expectorants in small doses can increase absorption from the mucous membrane that may be inflamed and in large doses can expel mucus in the form of vomiting.

Stimulant expectorants can eliminate through the bronchial mucous membrane (by stimulation) which reduces the secretion and increases blood-pressure which enables expectoration.

Some common examples of expectorants include Garlic, Ginger, Ginseng, Horseradish, Hyssop, Marshmallow, Parsley, Liquorice and Hops.