I’ve used small doses (as needed) of plantain tincture for respiratory issues caused or aggravated by particulate matter – not so much experience with smoke, but lots for carpenters, contractors, road workers, natural builders. Plantain seems to cause the mucous membranes to moisten, loosening irritants that were inhaled, coat the lung tissue and dry it out. Productive hacking (err… expectoration) oft ensues. Blends quite well with new england aster and mullein leaf. Nice with ragweed for upper respiratory woe, too.
So, how does it work? A soothing, gentle stream of 1% salt water, the same concentration as your tears, flows through your nose, washing away pollens, viruses, mucus and bacteria. It is useful for anyone with nasal congestion, hay fever or chronic sinus infections. Although it does not straighten a septum, it helps alleviate problems associated with this condition. Keep one around and use it at the first sign of colds or sore throats. Often it helps nip them in the bud. Many people with allergies use it daily as a preventative. It comes with simple, clear directions, and most people get fairly accustomed to the procedure during their first time. Many swear by their neti pot sinus cleaner.