Thanks in large part to the many pollutants and allergens in our environment, asthma affects more people than ever. The exact cause of asthma is unknown, but it is often genetic and is affected by allergens and physical activity, among other triggers.
Home Remedies for Asthma
Asthma is usually treated with inhalers and other drugs, but this is not always the best approach. There are many ways to treat asthma naturally, without any of the side effects that usually accompany drugs.
Ginger is well-known to help reduce inflammation, and this includes inflammation in the airways. It also acts as a mild muscle relaxant, which allows the airway to relax and expand. For a tasty treat, combine equal parts ginger juice, pomegranate juice, and honey, and consume the mixture 2-3 times per day. You can also mix in one tablespoon of ground ginger into one and half cups of water; drink tablespoon by tablespoon before bedtime.
Keep mustard oil on hand for any future asthma attacks; simply massage the chest and throat with warm mustard oil to help regulate breathing.
Figs help support respiratory health and can help clear air passages. Take three figs, wash thoroughly, and soak them in water overnight. In the morning, eat the soaked figs and drink the figgy water on an empty stomach; repeat daily for 1-2 months to prevent asthma attacks.
Garlic is another well-known anti-inflammatory and can help clear congestion in the lungs. Try boiling 2-3 cloves of garlic in ¼ cup of milk; allow it cool and then drink.
Pure eucalyptus oil not only smells amazing, but is a powerful decongestant as well. Simply spray your pillow with eucalyptus oil or place a few drops of the oil directly onto a paper towel and lay it next to your head as you sleep. You can also add 2-3 drops to boiling water as you use the steam to clear your airways.
Honey has long been used to alleviate asthma symptoms. Mix honey into a glass of warm water and drink up to three times per day, or eat a teaspoon of honey with a sprinkle of cinnamon before bed. For some, the smell of honey on a regular basis is enough to reduce symptoms.
Also known as Bishop’s weed or ajwain, carom seeds dilate the bronchial tubes in the lungs. You can add these seeds to a pot of boiling water as you inhale the steam. Or, you can heat some carom seeds in a cotton cloth in the microwave briefly, then place on your chest and neck.
A natural anti-inflammatory, onions help open up the airways and decrease inflammation in the lungs. Best results will be had with raw onions, but cooked onions will suffice as well.
As many asthmatics know, it is important to know your triggers and stay from them as much as possible. Other natural remedies that will help with asthmas include: adding more organic fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet, consuming more omega-3s, and reducing the amount of processed foods you eat.
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