Asthma is caused by the inflammation of bronchial tubes or air passages in the lungs. Large amounts of mucus deposit on the linings of bronchial tubes is associated with this condition. It affects the functioning of lungs – air coming in and out. This can result in mild to fatal symptoms.
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People with the onset of asthma start to experience prolongation of cold and flu, allergies with cats, heartburn, and difficulty in breathing when exposed to irritants such as dust, tobacco, smoke, and perfume. On the other hand, severe asthma symptoms include shortness of breath, difficulty in speaking full sentences, feeling breathlessness while lying down to sleep, confusion and agitation, bluish lips, strain in the neck and abdominal muscles.
Currently, according to AAAAI, there are more than 25 million Americans having asthma and 300 million worldwide. If you are one among them, do not fear. Asthma is a chronic condition and cannot be cured but is definitely treatable with long-term medication and lifestyle changes. Also, there are a few easy things you can do at home to keep it under control and have a normal life like everyone else. One of them is using natural home remedies and others include taking precautionary measures.
Here is a rundown of various herbal and easy remedies for asthma.
Garlic is used in many herbal remedies that focus on curing infections. It has anti-inflammatory property, which makes it effective against asthma. Studies show garlic can relieve the symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, difficulty in breathing and wheezing.
- In a saucepan, take a 500ml of cow milk
- Heat it for 2 to 3 minutes
- Add 10 minced cloves of garlic
- Keep mixing while the pan is heated for another 5 minutes
- Serve Warm
Drink this mixture before going to bed
Ginger soothes the throat and respiratory tract. Research shows that it improves the function of lungs, which decreases nighttime congestion and shortness of breath associated with asthma. Ginger with its analgesic compounds strengthens the muscles in the respiratory system and promotes immunity. You can consume a piece of raw ginger added with salt, or drink ginger tea.
- Slice a skinned piece of ginger root into bits
- Boil water in a pan for 5 minutes
- Add Ginger and keep boiling for 10 minutes
- Turn off the stove and add lemon juice and a tsp of honey
- Stir it thoroughly
Drink this tea 2 times a day.
Licorice Root can treat the symptoms of upper respiratory disorders. The anti-inflammatory property of Licorice root is well known among various traditional medicine practitioners. It also has antioxidant property, which soothes the lungs and eases breathing. Licorice should not be combined with Echinacea. The recent studies have shown the combination of these two herbs leads to worsening of asthma symptoms such as high blood pressure. Also, if you are the certain type of medication, make sure Licorice root does not interact in an adverse way.
Licorice Ginger Tea
- Half fill the pot with water.
- Add licorice and ginger powder
- Bring the water boil
- Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes
- Pour the tea through a strainer into cups
The medicinal properties of turmeric are less known in the West. But it has strong anti-allergic properties. Consuming turmeric mixed with warm water temporarily cures tightness in the chest and wheezing. Tumeric is also anti-inflammatory, which relaxes chest muscles and lungs.
- Take 1 tbs of Tumeric in a cup
- Add 1 tbs of Banana Ash
- Add 1 tbs of Barley powder
- Mix it thoroughly
- Add 2 tsp of honey
Have this 2 to 4 times a day to get rid of phlegm.
Honey is a common medicine used to treat respiratory-related allergies. It is added to herbal cold and cough medicines. It soothes and calms the throat having a cough. Mixing and drinking hot drinks with honey quickly gives relief from irritation in the throat.
6. Omega 3 fatty acids
People deficient in omega 3 fatty acids in their body are more prone to getting asthma and heart-related diseases. Research shows that omega 3 fatty acids prevent inflammation in the airways and boost the function of lungs. Taking fish oil is beneficial for people suffering from asthma.
7. Carom seeds
Carom seeds are derived from Ajwain plant. These are popularly used to cure digestive problems such as gas and bloating. Carom seeds are also effective in relieving the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis. They remove mucus from the respiratory tract and ease breathing. Having chewing carom seeds along with Jaggery helps to control asthma.
Lemons increase immunity in the body to fight respiratory infections. The rich content of vitamin C in Lemon triggers the immune system to be more resistant and strong against external impurities such as dust and soothe. Drinking Lemon juice with warm water in the early morning on empty stomach strengthens the muscles in lungs and makes breathing easier.
Garlic and Lemon Paste
- Make a paste of 5 garlic cloves by crushing them
- Add 1 tbs of lemon juice
- Mix them well
Have this paste along with warm water. Repeat the process 2 to 3 times a day.
Onions contain lots of sulfur. This makes them suitable for decreasing lung inflammation. Eating raw red onions is one of the best ways to improve breathing and relieve congestion. It prevents wheezing and swelling in the respiratory tract. Raw Onion taken along with warm water reduces muscle spasms and allergies in the body. Onions are difficult to be eaten raw because of their pungent smell. You can cut and soak them in water or Lemon juice to avoid this before eating them. Also, munching onions and drinking water after every bite helps to dissolve the spicy burning taste.
10. Mustard oil
Mustard oil offers immediate relief from asthma. It contains fatty acids called isothiocyanates that open the air passageways and improve the functioning of lungs. Massaging the chest area with warm mustard oil helps to subside the asthma symptoms. Plasters with mustard seed powder are available, which offer similar relief with a warm sensation. Applying these plasters and leaving them for 15 minutes on the chest gives a slight burn and helps to alleviate congestion.
Dry figs are used extensively ayurvedic and holistic treatments for asthma. These help to alleviate congestion in the bronchial tubes by clearing the mucus. Phlegm associated with asthma and coughing can be treated with eating dry figs. It offers comfort to patients who are constantly coughing. The best way to have dry figs for reducing symptoms of asthma is to eat them wet. Soak 4 to 5 figs in warm water overnight and eat them in the morning on empty stomach. Doing this for two months daily should offer great relief from the symptoms of asthma.
- Take a cup of water in a pan
- Boil it for 10 minutes
- Add 5 dried figs and boil for another 10 minutes
- Strain and let the liquid cool
- Drink it 2 to 3 times a day
12. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus oil is a common ingredient in herbal breathing related medications such as balms, inhalers and proprietary medicines. It has been used in vapor treatments for a long time for relieving problems of bronchitis and asthma.
Eucalyptus Steam inhalation
- Take a bowl and hot water into it
- Add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil
- Wrap a towel around your head
- Lean towards the bowl and inhale the vapors 10 minutes
Additional Tips to Cure Asthma Naturally Permanently
- Keep your mattress and pillow clean. Use an allergy-proof cover the mattress and pillow. Wash the bedding with hot water and kill dust mites
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the moisture low in the room
- Do not have a dog that sheds a lot of hair in your home. Avoid having them in your bedroom and on your furniture
- Avoid using carpets in your bedroom as they can catch dust. Vaccum the floors daily.
- Fix faucets with leaks. These can grow mold and increase humidity in the atmosphere.
- Avoid hanging out with people who smoke. Passive smoking is harmful to anyone and especially for a person with asthma.
- Do not use harsh chemical and cleaning products
- Reduce stress in your daily life. Engage in relaxation exercises and meditation.
- Check on the air quality. Too humid and hot weather can exacerbate symptoms of asthma. Limit going outdoors in the area where pollution is high
- In the foggy mornings, do not exercise outdoors.
- Stay inside most of the time when pollen count is high
- Tell your friends and family about your asthma condition. If symptoms appear, they can help
- Keep your inhaler and other medications readily available.
- If your kid has asthma, talk to your teacher and arrange a seat for him or her where there would be less exposure to chalk dust.
- Know the address of nearest hospital on your way to work, near home and office.