What would it be like to live in a world free of airborne pollutants? Would air smell sweet? Would it, with every breath we take, sweep the lungs clear of metabolic waste and open them wide to rich, life-giving oxygen?\nSurely, breathing would be fluid and graceful, easy and deep, just as nature intended, and our overall health greatly enhanced. The proper movement of oxygen-rich blood from head to toe and back again would be strong, providing us the vigor to tackle the tasks of daily living. Vision, hearing, and thought would be sharp, promoting greater perceptual and cognitive skills. Last, but hardly least, if the air we breathed was free of pollutants, our lungs would be better protected against infection, disease, and degeneration.\nUnfortunately, our lungs are continuously embattled by assaults from pollutants in the home, workplace, and outdoors.\nOur air is laden with breathable, toxic chemicals and particles. Clorox, ammonia cleaners, dryer sheets, and pesticides; asbestos fibers; silica, coal, grain, and lumber dust; wildfire ash; car exhaust and cigarette smoke are but a few contributors to the pollution of our air, and they take a gradual and sometimes deadly toll on the lungs' ability to perform properly.\nDaily inhalation of hazardous chemicals and particles eventually prepares the lungs to become an easy target of infection and chronic disease and more than facilitates, over time, a breaking down of lung performance. Respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, and pulmonary fibrosis (to name but a few) are surely becoming more prevalent.\nDeep-seated lingering infections and chronic lung diseases can irritate, inflame, congest, heat, dry, harden, and scar lungs. Mucus produced defensively and in excess can create painful bouts of coughing. For those living with such symptoms, their quest for relieving their discomfort becomes as determined as their search for a full, deep breath of air.\nMany herbs have the potential to support our lung function, addressing protection, care in times of infection, and by offering comfort to lungs damaged by chronic wear and tear as well as degenerative disease. It is to those in this last category that I particularly choose to aim the following suggestion:\nTo those whose lungs are inflamed and filled with heat and congestion, whose lung tissue may have stiffened and scarred, who find it difficult to raise stuck mucus or can't stop coughing up phlegm and whose throat and lungs burn from the effort, I suggest Cheryl's Herbs Respiratory Syrup. It is our hope that this product helps to slow the progression of degenerative lung conditions and our aim to provide some relief from the discomfort of them.\nOur Respiratory Syrup contains:\nMarshmallow Root - Moistening and softening, it aids in breaking up congestion, hardened mucus, and hardened tissue. It's also anti-inflammatory.\nElderberry - is indicated when there is congestion and restricted breathing.\nMullein Leaf - Bringing water to dry tissues, it's useful for sore throat and hoarseness; dry, tickling coughs; harsh, racking coughs; and old coughs through its ability to moisten and open the lungs.\nRed Clover Blossom - soothes irritated, dry tissue; relieves spasmodic coughing and wheezing; opens the lungs.\nThese four herbs are extracted into thick, sweet vegetable glycerin. Vegetable glycerin is a humectant, meaning it helps tissue to retain moisture.\nTo moisten, to soothe, to soften . . .to put out the fire.\nSOURCES: Matthew Wood's The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants\nBOTANICAL SAFETY INFORMATION\nMarshmallow Root, Althaea officinalis, organic\nTake with additional water. Medication should be taken one hour before or several hours after consumption of Marshmallow root.\nElder Berry, Sambucus nigra\/canadensis, organic\nSafe to consume when used appropriately.\nMullein Leaf, Verbascum thapsus, organic\/wildcrafted\nSafe to consume when used appropriately.\nRed Clover Blossom, Trifolium pratense, organic\nAvoid during pregnancy.