Asthma can be frustrating. It could come on without warning and then suddenly, the wheezing and the coughing will stop. Sometimes inhalers help and sometimes they don’t, which strikes those who suffer from the condition with little comfort. And then there is the constant struggle with the side effects of different medications.
But did you know you could use natural remedies to manage the symptoms of asthma? Natural remedies are not only likely to be more affordable than traditional therapies but there is also a slim to no chance of side effects.
Here are just some of those remedies you can try today.
Figs, it turns out, contain nutritional properties that promote respiratory health. This pear-shaped fruit also helps to drain phlegm and ease your breathing. You will want to wash the figs (organic, if you can get them) well, and soak them overnight in a cup of water. The next morning, eat the soaked figs then drink the fig water on an empty stomach.
A Teaspoon of Honey in Hot Water
Honey is considered to be a very old and effective natural remedy for asthma. The oils contained in this nectar can reduce your symptoms. You can mix a teaspoon of honey in hot water and drink it — slowly — three times a day. You could also take a teaspoon of it mixed with half a teaspoon of cinnamon before going to bed. This reportedly removes the phlegm so you can sleep better.
A Variety of Herbs
It is important to note that while herbs may be natural and preferable to costly prescription drugs, some asthma herbal remedies may work adversely with other people. This may be due to potency, other existing conditions, or allergic reaction to certain herbs. So consult with your doctor first before taking any herbal remedy.
Some of the more commonly used herbs include: coleus forshkholii, which functions as a bronchidilator as well as medication for high blood pressure; Reishi mushroom, which is a powerful immune-building herb that strengthens the lungs, and glycyrriza, which eases respiratory passages.
Heated Mustard Oil
During an asthma attack, mustard oil can clear respiratory passages and help you breathe normally once again. Heat the oil with a bit of camphor. When warm enough to your liking, rub it on your chest and upper back, massaging gently. Doing this several times a day may provide sufficient relief from asthma.
Other recommended ways to manage asthma symptoms include: doing yoga, which can relieve the stress that generally triggers asthma; eating healthy and organic food, and blending a mix of essential oils for asthma relief (e.g., bergamot and Roman chamomile, eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender, among many others).
Sources for this article include:
Top 10 Home Remedies: Home Remedies for Asthma
Organic Facts: Home Remedies for Asthma
Dr. Axe: Asthma Natural Remedies
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Jesse Martinez is a former asthma sufferer who is passionate about sharing natural solutions to asthma.
- The panic of not being able to catch your breath
- The fear of the next asthma attack
- The tight feeling in your chest
- Being tired, forgetful, and angry because of the wheezing and coughing that wakes you up at night.
Asthma not only affects your breathing, it affects your entire life. It can hold you back from doing the things you want to do.