Chickweed is a common plant that grows all over the world. Although some may consider it a weed, it is often harvested to make a beneficial herbal tea. One of the most common uses for chickweed tea is its ability to aid and prevent a wide range of respiratory problems. As a result, this brew has become popular to keep on hand since it has use in treating colds, the flu, asthma, and more.
One of the elements that makes chickweed tea so effective against respiratory ailments is the presence of saponins. Saponins are chemical constituents that can be found in some vegetables, herbs, and beans. Saponins assist the body by reducing thickened membranes in the lungs and throat which is what leads to easier breathing. Saponins help fight infection and can reduce inflammations which also make them beneficial in treating respiratory ailments.
Using chickweed tea as an herbal remedy for the throat and lungs can help reduce a number of symptoms for those that are afflicted with the common cold and flu. Drinking it is an excellent way to break down and thin thick mucus build up while simultaneously calming the mucus membranes so that the production of mucus is lessened. The warmth of the drink can soothe and relax a dry, itchy, or sore throat, lessening the frequency of coughing. This tea is also good for relieving symptoms related to allergies as well.
When using chickweed tea to relieve respiratory issues it is best to drink this herbal tea when you feel any symptoms related to your respiratory system. Drink two to three cups as needed, regularly to ease any problems in the lungs or throat. Consult a physician prior to drinking chickweed tea if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any prescribed medications.