November 16, 2020 4 min read
Every cell in your body needs oxygen to live. Your lungs bring in the oxygen that is crucial for survival. However, their function does not stop there. They are also the first line of immune defense.
Of all the sites of the body subject to pathogens, the lungs represent a special challenge. Everyone has to breathe to survive, but the air around us carries invisible debris. If an airborne virus or bacteria could shut our lungs down, even temporarily, we would die. Fortunately, lungs are armed with critical defensive abilities.
Thin epithelial cells inside your lungs secrete mucus that does two things. It keeps your airways moist and traps unwanted inhaled particles. Small hairs along the inside of the lungs constantly beat upwards to remove unwanted trapped debris. The particles rise to the throat and are either coughed out or swallowed and destroyed in the gut. The removal of this debris is an essential step in protecting the respiratory system from infections.
The lung's epithelial linings also contain macrophages, which are specialized white blood cells. As part of your immune system, macrophages can engulf and destroy foreign particles in the lungs.
Strong and healthy lungs work with the immune system to defend us from infection and keep our cells oxygenated and happy.
The Breathe Tincture Collection is formulated to target healthy lung function. Here is how each carefully selected terpene benefits your lungs and supports your immune system.
Pinene is the potent monoterpene that supplies pine needles with their fresh scent. Studies show that alpha and beta-pinene reduce antibiotic resistance, fight bacteria, kill fungus, reduce inflammation, and inhibit lung cancer cells.
Pinene also increases airflow to the lungs, gives some patients asthma relief, and can reduce allergy symptoms like a runny nose or itchy eyes.
Found in bay leaves, sage, and cannabis, pungent eucalyptol supports a robust immune system by killing bacteria and fungus inside the body.
It also powerfully supports your lungs. Seventy-five percent of bronchial asthma patients who were dependent on steroids could reduce steroid use through long-term therapy with eucalyptol. Chronic steroid use can cause side effects, so a plant-based therapy is a desirable alternative.
Eucalyptol shows promise to treat multiple respiratory conditions, and its potential is still under study.
Limonene helps heal the stomach's mucus lining and may act similarly in the lungs.
Emphysema reduces lung capacity, permanently damaging crucial lung sacks, and even creates holes in the lower lungs. There is no cure for emphysema, so efforts are focused on slowing the progression of the disease. Studies show p-cymene reduces lung emphysema and inflammation.
Studies on lung cancer found that citral suppresses small-cell lung cancer cells, both alone and in combination with chemotherapy.
Candida is a fungus that commonly overgrows in the intestinal tract due to processed foods, coffee, alcohol, and antibiotics. It can be difficult to kill once established. Left unchecked, candida can travel into the lungs and cause pneumonia. Citral and geraniol both prove effective against candida infection.
Geraniol not only fights several types of cancer, including lung cancer, it also improves the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments. Studies also indicate it has potent anti-tumor properties with no damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Camphor relieves respiratory congestion. It is used as a cough suppressant. When combined with water, camphor forms a protective layer over the upper respiratory lining, which reduces irritation.
It also works as an antihistamine to reduce the symptoms of allergic reactions, including nasal congestion, sneezing, or hives.
Plants containing a-phellandrene, like turmeric leaves, have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to treat fungal and bacterial infections, reduce phlegm, and increase energy.
A-phellandrene is an effective anti-fungal that tears down the integrity of the fungal cell membrane. It also enhances immune function and may protect the lungs from cancer.
B-caryophyllene is an effective anti-bacterial and is useful against the airborne bacteria Streptococcal. It fights inflammation and increases the speed of cell healing.
Lungs are often our first defense against disease. A strong and healthy immune system supports lung function and keeps our cells oxygenated.
Jampha Breathe CBD Tincture synergistically combines Certified Organic Hemp and a potent entourage of terpenes.
The air we breathe is only about 21 percent oxygen. The rest is comprised of gasses like nitrogen and carbon dioxide and airborne debris like dust and pathogens. A strong and healthy lungs and immune system are the best defense we have against an invisible and silent enemy.
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