Natural Asthma Remedies
Asthma attacks are triggered by allergens like chemical sprays or dust. Unless you’ve got your inhaler on stand by, you might be in a situation that leaves you without a breathing aid, but there are plenty of things around the house that could make a world of difference. Or, if you want to try something more natural, and ditch the inhaler altogether, these could be the perfect natural alternatives for you.
The leaves and bark of the eucalyptus tree contain a natural substance called eucalyptol, which is what creates a powerful minty smell and cooling sensation. Eucalyptus essential oil is too strong to be ingested or directly applied to the skin, so it should always be diluted. The strength of this oil can break up mucus in the throat and open up airways, making it easier to breathe. Inhaling the scent and rubbing it on the chest is a fast acting natural alternative to asthma inhalers.
Various researches including those at Columbia University have undergone studies that suggest ginger can help reduce symptoms of asthma. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory which helps to soothe the throat and open up airways. However, ginger spice or powder may make an asthma attack worse. The best way to use ginger is to crush the raw root and consume it, or put it in tea as a daily supplement to help reduce occurrence of asthma attacks.
Honey is a quick fix to a tight and sore throat. Try a spoon full next time your asthma hits you in the kitchen. The sweet sticky goodness coats the lining of the esophagus and should help to soothe any soreness. Honey contains ethereal, which can break down mucus, and help you breath a little easier. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that definitely tastes better than your inhaler.
So Why Go Natural?
All inhalers have one thing in common- they inject chemicals directly into the lungs. While they may be fast acting, these chemicals can't be synthesized by the body and build up in lung tissue over time. This is the reason side effects of inhalers include nausea, dizziness, swelling, and even whiteness of the tongue. These harmful chemicals also make it so that your body becomes dependent on the inhaler to open up airways, making it more difficult for you to breathe on your own. This could actually increase your risk of recurrent attacks. Using natural alternatives for asthma helps to improve your health long term, while taking care of the immediate issue.