Spontaneous reunions with passing friends, navigating new neighborhoods, scouting side street shops, waving cars on during passive-Portland stop-sign duels, the satisfaction of a gentle (or ferocious) Lady-sweat from moving your body, breathing fresh(ish) air…
Two-wheeled travel is lovely, but breathing steel-box exhaust is not. And while the air INSIDE steel-boxes is actually more toxic than that wafting from the tail-pipe, it behooves the regular Lady (or Lady-lover) stuck inhaling this industrial excrement on a daily basis to promote better breathing through preventative care.
Below I’ve listed three awesome herbal remedies you can make at home – an herbal tea, a simple steam, and a respiratory syrup – for those inclined to DIY. Some of the odder herbs can be found at local herb shops and in bulk through MountainRoseHerbs.com.
For pre-made options, check out Traditional Medicinal’s Breathe Easy tea.
Keep breathing easy and enjoying the ride, Ladies!
CYCLE EASY TEA
1 tsp Lungwort
1 tsp Licorice Root
1 tsp Ginger, freshly grated
DIRECTIONS: Place herbs in a tea ball or tea bag. Add to 8oz boiling water, steeping for 10 minutes. Drink daily.
CITY-DWELLER RESPIRATORY STEAM
5-10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
4 cups Boiling Water
DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Place face over bowl and cover head and howl with a large towel. Steam face while breathing deeply for 10 minutes. Use daily or weekly.
LUNG WELLNESS SYRUP
First, make an infusion –
10 tsp Thyme (12 tsp if using fresh herb)
10 tsp Horehound
1 entire clove Garlic, crushed
2.5 cups Boiling Water
1 large bowl
Now, make it a syrup!
2 cups Raw Honey
1 medium sized Sauce Pan
1 sterile Mason Jar
Infusion Preparation: Combine boiling water, thyme, horehound, and garlic. Boil for 15 minutes. Let cool, then use a cheese cloth to strain infusion into large bowl, wringing as much water as possible from the herbs. Return infusion to sauce pan and place on low temperature setting.
Infusion –> Syrup: Add 2 cups raw honey to infusion. Heat gently and stir constantly until most water has evaporated, creating a thickened texture. Pour the finished syrup into a sterile mason jar. Store in a dark, cool place for up to 6 months.
DIRECTIONS: Take 1 heaping spoonful daily to support respiratory health.