If you or someone in your family has asthma, it’s very important that you visit your doctor to get some medications and advice for emergencies.
However you may be looking for some natural or home remedies for asthma, and while this disease cannot be cured, it can be greatly improved with certain treatments, dietary changes and other tips, allowing you to reduce the need for expensive and potentially harmful drugs. Read on for the remedies…
Common symptoms of an asthma attach are coughing, wheezing, having a tight chest and having difficultly breathing. Home remedies for asthma can improve breathing and help with coughing.
What is Asthma and What Causes it?
Briefly, asthma is a respiratory condition that is becoming more and more common, particularly in children and young adults. This is thought to be linked to increasing pollution levels and also food additives and chemicals and toxins in the everyday products and foods we use.
Asthma home Remedies Tip: Cut down on the amount of chemicals used in cleaning and maintaining your home. Vinegar is a great natural disinfectant, as is salt!
Asthma affects the bronchial tubes and trachea, causing them to become inflamed and blocked with mucus. This leads to the narrowing of the airways which limits the amount of air reaching the lungs, and is what makes it very difficult to breathe.
There are two types of asthma – allergic and non-allergic asthma, and it helps to know which one you have in order to better treat it. Allergic asthma can be triggered by smoke, dust, pollen, pollution, mold, chemicals and food additives among other things. Non allergic asthma can be triggered by exercise, dry or humid weather, anxiety and fear and stress. Asthma home treatments can help with both types of the condition.
Why Use Home Remedies For Asthma?
Conventional medicine, though useful to have, usually only gives short term relief from the problem. Also steroids do have side effects, so being able to cut down on them through improving your asthma with home cures is beneficial. By following my suggestions you can seek to reduce your triggers and improve the functioning of your respiratory system.
1. Home Remedies for Asthma – Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey
Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (organic is preferred but any will do), 8 ounces (approx 200ml) of water and 1-2 teaspoons of honey. This really helps to calm your asthma down, and to help stop coughing. Many people find that by using this remedy frequently they can greatly reduce their medication usage.
2. Home Remedy for Asthma Attacks – Coffee or Cola
If you are having a mild asthma attack, do not have your inhaler, or are away from medical help, a strong cup of coffee can be really helpful, this is because the caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties and so helps your airways to open. This is not suitable for children. An alternative is coca cola.
3. Home Remedies for Asthma – Herbs and Oils
When using herbs and oils it’s important to get high quality ones, as low quality herbs that are harvested badly, lose effectiveness and potency, and lead to a waste of time and money. I’ve found iherb to have great quality herbs, and they have a very good reputation. They deliver cheaply to Europe as well as the US.
Home Remedies for Asthma – Mullein
Use Mullein oil to make tea to improve congestion. Or you can make a tea with the leaves and some other great herbs for asthma and healthy living.
Asthma Reliving Tea:
- Four cups of boiling water
- 1 teaspoon of chamomile flowers
- 1 teaspoon of echinacea root
- 1 teaspoon of mullein leaves
- 1 teaspoon of passionflower leaves.
Cover and leave for about 10-15 minutes, then drink. You can save some and drink it later.
4. Home Treatments for Asthma – Dietary Changes
As I mentioned, links have been drawn from processed foods and additives to asthma. Also many people find that cutting out dairy products from your diet makes a huge difference, often after a short period of time. Try cutting them out for a month and see if you get an improvement.
Other asthmatics have had success cutting out wheat products, preservatives and processed foods, so you can try this too, again for at least a month. You can then reintroduce items back into your diet one at a time to see if there are any reactions.
Home Remedies For Asthma Tip: Cut down on your salt intake, particularly if exercise is a trigger for you! You can also take some vitamin C before you exercise.
Other asthmatics have found that cooked foods can be a trigger and so have found benefits from eating mainly raw food, and vegan food, but it’s wise to contact a nutritionist before this to make sure you will get a good balance of vitamins and minerals.
Ayurvedic medicine suggests that mixing freshly squeezed lemon juice with water and drinking at meal times is beneficial.
5. Home Treatments For Asthma – Vitamins
Vitamin C – this vitamin is found in the lining of your bronchi and can reduce inflammation and increase oxygen levels to the lungs. Studies have shown that many people with asthma are deficient in vitamin C, and by eating foods that had at least 300mg a day (roughly three glasses of organe juice), they could reduce wheezing by thirty per cent!
Foods high in Vitamin C: Bell Peppers, Thyme and Parlsey, Broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi fruit, papaya, oranges, guavas and strawberries
B12 – This can help to reduce the symptoms of asthma, by reducing inflammation. Research indicaties that taking 1-4 micrograms (mcg) is effective in reducing asthma attacks. 1 cup of yoghurt contains approximately 1.4mcg.
Other foods high in B12: Clams, Oysters, and Mussels, Oily Fish such as Mackerel, Herring, Tuna and Salmon, Eggs (particularly goose eggs).
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I hope you find these home remedies for asthma helpful, please do comment and let everyone know what works for you.