12 Natural Remedies for Asthma You may Have Missed

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Is there someone in your family who suffers from asthma? I know it’s hard to deal with especially when you are clueless on what remedy to use for immediate relief. Yes, you can find over-the-counter medicines but they always carry side effects within them. So, for me, it isn’t the best resort to choose yet. There are a lot of natural remedies that you just need to be aware of instead of turning to synthetic medicines right away! Here are 12 Natural Remedies for Asthma You may Have Missed.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory condition in which the airways narrow, inflames and produces extra mucus. [1]

This leads to shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and even difficulty in breathing. [2]

What Causes Asthma?

While others may have inherited asthma genetically, an environmental factor also is a great contributor. These may include air pollution, allergens, smoke, cold environment and many other contributing factors.

Tips to Avoid Asthma Attack

1. Increase your intake of Vitamin C rich foods.

Increasing your intake of Vitamin C rich foods will help you boost your immune system thereby helps suppress foreign invaders (allergens) and respiratory infections. [3]

2. Drink Plenty of water.

Water is life! Our body is composed of 70-75% water. Particularly, our lungs are composed of 80% water.

According to Dr. Batmanghelidj as we normally breathe we lose 1-2 liters of water a day. In addition, he states that asthma is a sign of dehydration in the lungs where it tightens up the bronchioles and plugs up the holes thereby reduces the airflow.

Whether you believe Dr. Batmanghelidj’s perception or not it’s still best to drink plenty of water every day. Check out the Dangers of Dehydration You Never Think Are True.

3. Keep yourself away from air pollution as much as possible.

One of the factors contributing to asthma attack is air pollution. If you can keep yourself away from smoke, reek and other foul smell the better.

I was once fond of secondhand apparels before, there was a time when I brought my daughter Rachel with me in the store with secondhand apparels. I know she’s asthmatic but I forgot it’s not safe for her to inhale the chemicals added to the apparels for preservation. Because of my carelessness, she had difficulty in breathing that night and so we brought her to the hospital. Thank God she had relief moments after the confinement.

From that moment on, I became so anxious whenever I smell something bad whenever she’s with me. So, I always make sure she has a face mask with her. And keep her away from smoke and other foul smell.

4. Be knowledgeable with nature’s healing ability for asthma.

Because nature has bountiful sources of healing ability, we should know which plants or herbs that can offer great relief from an asthma attack.

Here are 12 Natural Remedies for Asthma You may Have Missed

I have always been amazed whenever I hear someone (especially the aged ones!) who share their testimony using natural remedies for asthma or any other ailments. And I thank God for this eagerness to learn the healing power of nature on many diseases. So, let’s dig in!

1. Papaya

Papaya leaves are known to possess anti-inflammatory properties in the traditional system of medicine.

A study conducted on mouse model (Ovalbumin-induced allergic asthma) which shows that papaya leaves extract suppresses lung infiltration of inflammatory cells and reduces thickening of the alveoli or air sacks. [4]

2. Black Cumin

Black Oil Plant or black cumin has nigellone compound that has been studied and proved to increase in mucociliary clearance (primary innate defense mechanism that protects the lungs from deleterious effects of inhaled pollutants, allergens, and pathogens).

To put it brief, black cumin has a potent antiasthmatic effect on asthmatic airways. [5]

How to use :

  • You can take the oil on its own
  • mixed with water or juice (*great with raw honey)
  • add to warm tea

3. Country Borage

Country borage which has a pungent oregano-like flavor and odor is used as a traditional medicine, spice and ornamental plant in South America, Africa, India and South East Asia. [6]

How to use:

  1. Wash the fresh leaves thoroughly in running water.
  2. Extract the juice from the leaves through mashing with mortar and pestle.
  3. You can add honey for children

4. Eucalyptus

Aside from the antiseptic (prevents the growth of disease-causing bacteria) property of eucalyptus, it also acts as an effective decongestant and used for the treatment of other respiratory problems including asthma.

You can boil mature leaves in water and breathe in the steam deeply or put a few drops of the oil in a pot with some boiling hot water and breathe in the steam.

You can also infuse the leaves and drink the infusion as it is proven to be beneficial as with vapor inhalation. [7]

5. Bael or Wood Apple

Alongside, research found that bael is an effective expectorant, has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties excellent for treating respiratory diseases including asthma.

The decoction of the leaves removes mucus from the bronchi. [8]

6. Moringa

Moringa Oleifera, also known as drumstick tree is a popular remedy for malnutrition used in many countries. This plant comes with powerful nutritional content that is higher than other fruits or vegetables.

See 10 Moringa Health Benefits if you want to know how powerful this plant is.

This common plant does not only carry nutritional properties within it, it also has anti-asthmatic property. According to a clinical study (20 patients with mild-to-moderate asthma were given powdered dried seed kernels in dose of 3 grams for 3 weeks), moringa seed kernels improve lung function and decrease asthma symptoms. These bronchial asthma symptoms include dyspnoea, wheezing, chest tightness, and cough. [9]

7. Psoralea

You may think weeds are useless and need to be cut down. But, these weeds are created with different healing properties that you just need to be knowledgeable with. Psoralea is a weed that contains essential oil, coumarins, alkaloids, flavonoids, and terpenoids.

The seed and extract powder of this plant are used as diuretic, laxative, asthma, cough and other respiratory ailments. [10]

8. Galangal

Another natural remedy for asthma is galangal. Galangal belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and has almost the same appearance of ginger except for its sharper, stronger flavor and hardness than ginger.

The decoction of this plant is used to treat a cough, respiratory ailments, bronchitis, and asthma. [11]

9. Tomato

Tomato is an antioxidant-rich food that carries amazing health benefits. It has lycopene, Vitamin A and Vitamin C antioxidants that are greatly associated with lung function. In a clinical study, treatment with tomato juice and tomato extract effectively reduced airway neutrophils and sputum neutrophil elastase activity. [12]

10. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are rich in flavonoids that research suggests it lowers incidence of asthma. These flavonoids are antioxidants which help inhibits asthma attacks. In a trial, patients who are on a low antioxidant diet are found 2.26 times as likely to have an asthma exacerbation compared to the high antioxidant diet group.

Citrus fruits include oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pomelo, and limes.

11. Apple

Apple helps lower risk of an asthma attack because of its flavonoid antioxidants.

The study also reveals that apple consumption reduces the risk of developing asthma. [13]

12. Ginger

Ginger contains broncho-dilating compounds like gingerol, [8]-gingerol, [10]-gingerol, and [6]-shogaol as unique broncho-dilating compounds.

In like manner, ginger reduces airway inflammation as suggested by a study using the mouse model of ovalbumin-induced allergic asthma. [14]

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