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Keep Your Lungs Healthy During Wildfire Season

Sep 01, 2021 11:56AM ● By Amber Mc Kenzie

by Cheryl Fagras

Wildfires near and afar can quickly transform clean, clear, blue sky summer days into a toxic, smoke-filled haze. Common sense tells us that breathing in this noxious air is not good for our lungs, and every effort should be made to avoid being exposed to wildfire smoke for long. 

There are several measures we can take, including ingesting specific herbs and mushrooms, that can help our respiratory system better deal with these challenges.

Common Sense Strategies

• Stay indoors whenever possible.

• Make sure doors and windows stay closed.

• Run the central AC, using high quality, clean filters.

• Use air purifiers (avoid ozone generating air purifiers).

• While driving, keep windows closed and run the AC.

During a heatwave with no AC in your living space, seek air-conditioned spaces or stay with friends or family. Being in a living space without ventilation or AC in high heat can be dangerous.

Herbal Support

Reishi Mushroom

This medicinal mushroom has an affinity for supporting lung tissue. It is ideal for wildfire smoke exposure by helping our bodies metabolize environmental contaminants that can settle in the lungs. 

Marshmallow Root

This traditionally used medicinal herb protects mucous membranes from dryness and sore throat.

Burdock Root

As our bodies take on the additional burden of processing smoke pollution, we will need extra help processing it and moving it out of our bodies. This hearty root can help the digestive system and liver cleanse the body.


Plantain is a useful herb for lungs that are irritated due to heat, dryness and particle inhalation (such as smoke). It combines well with marshmallow.


Mullein leaf has long been revered for soothing the lungs and calming coughs. It is a mild relaxant to the lungs and also a mild demulcent. It soothes inflammation and dryness which often is the cause of irritation for people with smoke exposure.

Cheryl Fagras is the owner of Infused Plant Based Wellness, a multi-faceted health and wellness store located at 413 W. Hastings Rd., in Spokane. During the month of September, all immune-boosting products are 25 percent off. For more information, call 509-863-9027 or visit
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