I am breastfeeding my 15-month old and would like to take some herbs to help clean/heal my lungs.( I am an ex-smoker) Can you recommend what would be good for this and what i should stay away from. I amconsidering Dr. Christophers Lung formula that has comfrey,mullein, lobelia, marshmallow and chickweed in a glycerine base. What do you think?
Overall the list of ingredients looks fine. Lobelia is considered a powerful herb and can produce side-effects in some such as nausea, stupor and a burning in the throat. Most likely there is not enough in the formula to worry about but that is what makes it more difficult with forumulas as opposed to a simple with one ingredient. If you do have a reaction, which herb is producing it? However if you feel comfortable with the tincture, I think it would be fine to use.
If you are hesitant, an easy and inexpensive way to start clearing your lungs would be drinking infusions of mullein. This is probably your biggest lung ally. From Susun: "To strengthen the lungs, or to restore health to lung tissues after "assaults" such as tobacco smoke or radiation: 1-2 cups of mullein infusion daily for six weeks is suggested." Drinking it by diluting it half with warm milk is ideal for optimum lung healing - and tastes great. Chickweed and comfrey can also be used simply as infusions. All easy to use and overall nourishing for you as you breastfeed. Just let us know if you need anything else.
Wise Woman Team