Statice Root for Lung Infection
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: James
Posted on: January 19, 2008

I have a congestion in my lungs, with a deep, wracking cough. My doctor has told me I have a slight lung infection that causes cough. An herbalist that I spoke with recommended statis root tincture several times a day.

Have you heard of this remedy? I am familiar with several herbs, but have really never heard of statis root. I have asked for it at several health stores, but have been unable to find it anywhere. Could you recommend another that will work on the infection and cough?

I believe the herb is actually statice root (Statice caroliniana), and is a bitter and astringent herb usually used for diarrhea and other digestive upsets as well as a gargle and mouth wash to soothe an irritated throat or mucous membrane and gums.

Other herbs that you could use for respiratory infections are thyme, oregano, garlic, and/or wild leeks. These can be taken as a tea or tincture. Myrrh or usnea are two other excellent herbs for infections that can be taken as a tincture in combination with the above mentioned herbs. Herbs and nutritional support for building a healthy immune system is also indicated here as well as plenty of fluids.

Steam inhalations using the essential oils of thyme, rosemary or eucalyptus have worked extremely well with patients in my practice.

For more information on respiratory infections see:

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