In this post, I'd like to offer real long-term healing support to the millions of people exposed to the toxic smoke that these, and other fires, cause us to inhale. Whether you're very close to these fiery blazes, like the thousands of firefighters and other first-responders, or being affected by the smoke drift throughout the Bay area (and, as it moves eastward, lingering and dropping its’ dusty ash and particulates), the effects can devastate your lungs and long-term health--especially if you have asthma, COPD, or another health condition.
Some of the herbs to pay attention to with smoke exposure are:
Turmeric root is a powerful detoxifier when we've been exposed to a heavy burden of toxins, and like many fires these days, the smoke from these hot fires raging through northern California are burning thousands of chemical compounds, making the smoke particularly toxic and damaging to the human body (and those of our pets and wildlife, too.) Turmeric not only supports the body in clearing toxins from the lungs, it cleanses potentially harmful toxins from the liver, blood, and lymph nodes, and supports reduction in excess inflammation, while leaving the necessary inflammatory response in an emergency intact (something that most drugs cannot do, leading to tens of thousands of deaths each year.)
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- Gaia: Turmeric Supreme Extra Strength, Golden Milk, or Turmeric Boost
- New Chapter: Turmeric Force or Herbal Detoxification
- Oregon's Wild Harvest: Turmeric
- Organic India: Turmeric
Because Osha is a slow growing wild plant and the root is used, causing it to be at risk of becoming extinct without protective measures, I urge us all to use Osha Root in tincture (liquid herbal extract) form. My experience is that even very small amounts of Osha Root tincture provide my family and me great lung and overall health benefits, and this is a way we can do our part to protect our precious plant resources in the wild so we'll continue to have them.
After inhalation of excess smoke, the lungs become inflamed, raw and weak. Elecampane Root strengthens and provides relief for the lungs, allowing for deeper breaths, especially in people who feel weakened, dull and may have rheumatic complaints. An excellent remedy taken in tincture form.