Do you make a wheezing sound when you breathe? Wheezing is often a sign of inflammation of the airways or excess mucus production. Asthmatics tend to wheeze since they breathe from the chest and lift their shoulders instead of their diaphragm. The wheezing sound occurs when air is trying to squeeze through a small space. People suffering from acute or chronic bronchitis can also suffer from wheezing and coughing. In this guide, we will study some home remedies for wheezing and chest congestion without inhaler.
1. Avoid allergic triggers
In order to stop wheezing from allergies, you need to eliminate all triggers or allergens from your environment. Eliminate dust from your surroundings as far as possible. Wipe down all surfaces and use a room air filter. Clean your rooms by vacuuming daily. Wash all linen and clothing to get rid of pollen, mites and dust. Take a bath after coming home and make sure to shampoo your hair.
2. Eliminate stress
Many people fail to think of stress when it comes to causative factors of asthma and wheezing. Deep breathing exercises can help eliminate stress. Here are some easy exercises
- Sit on a chair. Inhale through the mouth in short shallow breaths. Do this 3-4 times then start inhaling slower, deeper breaths through the nose. Allow the abdomen to expand as you inhale. Exhale slowly through the nose and feel your abdomen relax.
Repeat above exercise twice a day, morning and evening, but never after meals.
- You can also perform progressive muscle relaxation. Lie down on a bed and close your eyes. Tense each muscle group and relax it after a few seconds. Do this all over the body. This technique can eliminate stress and help you stop wheezing permanently. Make sure you do this daily.
3. Dietary changes
Diet for a wheeze-free life includes eating anti-inflammatory foods. The most important food group to stop wheezing naturally is fatty fish. Fatty fish like mackerel, salmon and tuna heal inflammation of the airways and are a long term solution against wheezing. Other great foods for preventing wheezing at night and during the day are:
- Aniseed– This calms the nervous system and has an anti-spasmodic effect on the lungs. Use aniseed in form of tea once a day for 2 weeks then stop for a week or two.
- Caffeine– A study conducted on 72,000 Italians showed that the incidence of asthma dropped by nearly 5% in one-cup coffee drinkers and by 23% in 2 cups-per-day drinkers!
- Garlic– This natural antibiotic has a warming and strengthening effect on the respiratory system. Eat it chopped, crushed and cooked or raw daily.
- Cashews– Cashews contain many natural compounds that cure wheezing naturally.
- Herbal teas-Herbal teas soothe inflammation and clear up mucus and airways. Some good varieties are Lemon, ginger, thyme, sage and mint. Many of these herbs actually strengthen immunity and prevent wheezing and coughing.
- Others-Many other foods and herbs soothe the lungs including cabbage, barley, fennel, zucchini, peaches, grapefruit, turmeric, onions, ginger, marjoram, horseradish, chili peppers etc.
4. Avoid food triggers
Wheezing can also occur after consuming certain foods like red meat, dairy, excess salt and food additives like salicylates, MSG and benzoate that is abundantly used in sodas, jellies, jams and chewing gum.
5. Nutritional supplements
Certain nutritional supplements can be very effective in dissolving mucus and preventing bronchitis that causes wheezing and chest congestion. Take vitamin D; a study[i] found that mothers who consumed large doses of vitamin D during pregnancy had a lower risk of wheezing or asthma attacks. Likewise, many scientific studies[ii] have shown the efficacy of NAC or N-Acetyl-Cysteine in dissolving mucus. Zinc supplements can improve immunity and protect against infections of the upper respiratory system. Other supplements to take are:
- Bromelain-500 mg daily
- Quercetin-1000 to 2000 mg per day
- Vitamin C-at least 3000 mg per day in divided doses
- Lactobacillus-One sachet
- Coenzyme Q10-100 mg
- Magnesium 400 mg
- Echinacea and goldenseal-these help thin the mucus
- Gingko biloba- eases breathing
These supplements are the best home remedies to stop wheezing from allergies.
6. Ginger compress
Apply hot ginger compress to the chest-an effective home remedy for wheezing at night. Make strong tea with water and grated ginger root. Allow it to cool a bit, then soak a clean cloth and squeeze out the excess. Apply the compress to the chest. This will help stop wheezing without inhaler.
Massage therapy can ease stress and allow the muscles to relax. Perform a self massage or ask your partner/family member to massage your back and chest before bed. You can use some essential oils like eucalyptus or lavender oil for the massage to clear up airways and prevent stress.
8. Homeopathic remedies
Homeopathy is a natural treatment for curing wheezing permanently. Some of the common medicines include Ipecacuanha, Kali Carbonicum and Phosphorus which you can use based on your exact symptoms.
9. Take apple cider vinegar
Organic apple cider vinegar balances the ph and reduces acidity and inflammation of the airways. With regular use, it prevents mucus and reduces the episodes of wheezing. Take a couple of teaspoons daily with juice or water and honey. Always use organic, raw and unpasteurized vinegar with ‘mother’.
10. Warm moist environment
Many asthmatics suffer more in dry air. So run a humidifier or vaporizer at home or step into the shower and breathe the steam deeply. This will clear congestion and prevent coughing and wheezing. Add a few drops of essential oils like Lavender or Eucalyptus oil to the humidifier or vaporizer to relax and de-stress.
We hope these 10 natural cures for wheezing help you.
[i] 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child By Jared M. Skowron
[ii] Natural Remedies, Herbal Remedies and Home Remedies for What Ails You By Rachel Owens, Malibu Publishing