Asthma occurs due to the narrowing of lungs airways. This disease makes it difficult for the sufferer to breathe; in severe cases, it could even be life threatening. The causes of asthma vary from patient to patient, but, in most cases, environmental factors are responsible for asthma attacks in children and adults. Following are some of the best home remedies for asthma wheezing, cough and breathlessness.
1. Lemon juice
Lemon juice with its high Vitamin C content provides asthma patients with antioxidant and cleansing properties. Mix lemon juice with a glass of water and drink this mixture several times a day. This will help you get rid of toxins an also reduce the mucous and phlegm causing the coughing and wheezing.
Heat up a banana on the stove or in a microwave oven. Sprinkle some pepper powder over it and eat this mixture several times a day to clear up your airways. This fantastic home remedy for asthma also alleviates the pain and breathlessness that stems from asthma.
Ginger is a fantastic home remedy for many kinds of upper respiratory illnesses and asthma is one of them. Ginger is antiseptic, healing and anti-inflammatory. It also has many compounds that enhance the muscle relaxant effects of asthma drugs. Patients should try to eat ginger daily, either in the form of a tea or grated over sandwiches, salads, in curries etc. You could even mix ginger juice, pomegranate juice and honey in equal quantities and eat a teaspoon of this mixture several times a day to provide relief from wheezing or cough. Use this remedy for children and adults.
Local, raw, organic honey can actually improve immunity; therefore, asthma patients should eat it at least 3-4 times a day. Doing so will boost immunity to local allergens and prevent asthma attacks. You can also inhale honey vapors several times a day if your chronic asthma causes wheezing or coughing. Also mix up some honey with a glass of hot water and sip it at bedtime.
Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and is a wonderful natural remedy that can heal the body from the inside. Add a teaspoon to your daily cup of coffee to boost immunity or mix up quarter teaspoon of cinnamon powder with half a teaspoon of honey and eat it several times a day. Children will enjoy this delicious home remedy that can prevent and treat coughs.
Figs are packed with antioxidants and are known to treat many illnesses including asthma. Clean 3-4 fresh figs and soak them in warm water overnight. The next morning, eat the swollen figs on an empty stomach. Asthma patients should always stock up their homes with fresh and dried figs.
Fenugreek seeds are readily available in Asian markets as well as online. Boil a teaspoon of the seeds in some water. Strain the liquid and add ginger juice and honey to it. Drink this ‘tea’ several times a day. It is one of the best home remedies for preventing and treating asthma attack in adults.
Garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties both of which make it useful in natural asthma treatment. Garlic can reduce phlegm and mucous in the bronchial tubes. Chew a couple of cloves of raw garlic and also add it to your soups and stews. You can also mix it up in a glass of milk, boil the mixture and drink it several times a day.
9. Massage with Mustard oil
Mustard oil is warm oil that can provide much relief to the aching muscles. If you feel attack coming on, heat up a little mustard oil and apply it on the chest. You can make this home remedy for asthma attack even more potent by adding a little camphor to it. Use the mixture to massage the head and scalp, neck and shoulders as well as the upper back. Doing this several times can reduce symptoms.
Caffeine is a bronchodilator which can reduce wheezing by relaxing the airways and allowing you to breathe more freely. Drink strong, hot coffee several times a day when you feel the symptoms coming on. Avoid using this home remedy as a regular treatment for asthma.
11. Eucalyptus oil
Essential oil of eucalyptus can clear up the choked airways to help you breathe more easily. Add few drops of eucalyptus oil to a steamer and inhale the vapors for at least 10 minutes to get instant relief from cough, congestion and breathlessness.
12. Amla or Indian gooseberry
Amla is a small round, green fruit found in several parts of South Asia. This sour, bitter fruit is packed with the antioxidant vitamin C and is a proven ayurvedic remedy that can prevent hair fall. Additionally, it can be used by asthma sufferers daily to prevent coughs, colds and other respiratory infections. Amla is readily available in form of powder, juices or tinctures. Take this remedy several times a day to prevent asthma attacks.
13. Herbs for asthma
Many herbal remedies can be used to fight asthma in adults and children. Herbal remedies are gentle yet effective and they do not cause any side effects. The best herbs are butterbur, Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis ), bitter gourd, Coltsfoot, Adhatoda Vasica leaves, Grindelia, and Gingko Biloba. A trained herbalist can guide you about the use of these herbals remedies for asthma.
Fruits are packed with antioxidant compounds that fight free radical damage. Therefore, as a part of home remedies for asthma in children, feed them plenty of colorful fruits like apples, bananas, melons, cantaloupes, oranges, berries etc. This will boost their immunity and prevent asthma attacks.
15. Homeopathic remedies for asthma
There are hundreds of effective homeopathic home remedies for asthma. Select one that closely matches your symptoms. If you are not sure which remedy is suitable, talk to a homeopath.
- Coughing-Aletris farinose, Asarium europaeum, or Blumea odorata for barking cough. Spongia tosta may be use for hard, barking cough. Boerhavia diffusa is indicated for dry cough.
- Expectorant-Glycyrrhiza glabra. It also prevents frequent respiratory issues in asthma patients.
- Wheezing– Pulsatilla is a great remedy if the phlegm is yellow and the person feels warm.
- Dust related asthma-Pothos foetidus. This remedy is also useful for preventing headaches.
16. Diet for preventing asthma
The best diet for preventing asthma is one that is rich in antioxidant vitamins like A, C an E. Also eat selenium rich foods like eggs, fortified cereals, grains etc. Eat plenty of apples an drink tons of water. Do not eat spicy, oily foods in excess. Make sure you eat dinner 2 hours before bed.
Many asthmatic patients have benefitted greatly by regular Yoga practice. The asanas include
- Sarvangasana– Lie on your back. Raise your body slowly up to the shoulders and support your hips with your hands. Image shown here will help. Do this asana carefully and avoid it if you have back or neck problems.
- Ujjayee pranyama– This is a deep breathing exercise wherein you breathe through the throat making a rasping sound. You literally feel the breath through your throat as you inhale and exhale. Here is a link to help you further.
- Bhastrika pranayama– This powerful breathing technique expels the contaminants and allergens from the lungs. Raise your arms over your head as you breathe in. While exhaling, you force out the air and bring back your arms down to the shoulder level. Here is a link to help you.
Try out these 17 home remedies for asthma and see the difference.