Millions and millions of people around the globe have asthma. The numbers of adults and children with asthma and other respiratory issues are increasing considerably by the day. Asthma drugs (pills, inhalers, steroids) are expensive, have dangerous side-effects, and won't cure your asthma. They may help you breathe, but they will not heal your lungs. They mask the symptoms and can even make your asthma worse over time, possibly leading to life-threatening attacks.
Are there ways to get asthma relief from natural means?
Sure! There are dozens of things you can do for your wheezing that would fall under the Asthma Home Remedies category.
Below is a brief overview of some of the most important asthma home remedies people use to:
- decrease the frequency of asthma attacks
- reduce the severity of attacks
- eliminate asthma attacks
- possibly even live asthma-free forever
#1 Asthma Home Remedy: Hydration
Price: Inexpensive to free.
Drink pure water. Most children and adults are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration can manifest itself as headaches/migraines, depression, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, allergies, ASTHMA, and other immune diseases. There is no substitute for pure water - not juice, sports drinks, coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, sodas... nothing. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. Do not allow yourself to become thirsty. The average person needs to drink at least 2 quarts of water throughout the day. Your urine should be colorless. It is that simple.
A Plea: Do not participate in the transportation of water. Do not buy water in plastic bottles. These two actions are destroying our planet. Instead, filter your water at home. Many people cannot afford a fancy water filtration system for the home (including me). I use a simple counter-top water pitcher to filter the water my family drinks every day. I recommend the BestWater Perfect Pitcher from Shaklee, but do your own research and buy the right filtration system for you, your family, and your budget.
#2 Asthma Home Remedy: Change Your Diet - Throw Out Food!
Price: You will probably save money.
Remove dairy, wheat, sugar, processed foods, and trans-fats from your diet, immediately. Sounds harsh, but it's true. The typical American diet causes malnutrition and illness. These foods cause inflammation and excess mucus, and people with asthma should not eat these foods, period. Many health and behavioral issues can be improved and even permanently solved by following this new (old) diet alone. People who have asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues simply cannot get away with eating these foods. Get over it. Move on. Throw them out.
Tip: Buy locally grown, organic produce or grow your own.
#3 Asthma Home Remedy: Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements
Price: Relatively moderate to expensive (you get what you pay for...). Usually cheaper than meds and actually nutritious for every cell of your body.
Vitamins and supplements are an essential part of healing and health for people with asthma. Many people think that you can get all the nutrition you need from the food you eat. That may have been true quite a few decades ago, however, this may no longer be so. Soil depletion, genetic modification, pesticide use, early harvesting and artificially ripening fruits and vegetables, and lengthy storage and transportation of foods all play a role in the significantly reduced quality of the food we all eat everyday.
High quality, pure, 100% natural vitamins and supplements can assist the asthmatic greatly on their journey towards vibrant health. Vitamin C, D, E, Calcium, Magnesium, Probiotics, and Omega 3s are just a few of the vitamins and supplements that, when taken at the right dosage, can significantly help ease your asthmatic symptoms. The highest quality vitamins and supplements are the only ones that will help you. I personally use Shaklee products because they are proven safe, effective, and guaranteed. Please do your own research though, to find the best vitamins and supplements for yourself and your family. (Hint: They cannot be found in any store. The best products can really only be found in multi-level marketing companies.)
#4 Asthma Home Remedy: Add Herbs to your Everyday Natural Health Plan
Price: Free (grow your own herbs or ethically wild-harvest), to very inexpensive for organic bulk herbs, to moderate prices for high-quality tinctures.
Asthma herbal remedies are an effective way to nourish your body, support many body systems, heal respiratory issues, and more. Some herbs, like stinging nettle, oat straw, and alfalfa can be used safely every day to strengthen your overall health. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals which many asthmatics need. Other herbs like mullein, echinacea, osha, elecampane, thyme, and coltsfoot, just to name a very few, can be used as directed by a professional herbalist for different types of asthma. Healing herbal infusions, decoctions, and tinctures have been helping people with lung problems feel better for 1000's of years.
Different herbs may be recommended depending on contributing factors of the asthma or wheezing, such as:
- bacterial or viral infections
- weakened immune system
- associated type of coughing
- environmental pollution
- other medications or herbs being used
- pregnancy or breastfeeding
#5 Asthma Home Remedy: Aromatherapy for Asthma
Price: Inexpensive to expensive, depending on the oils.
Pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils can be used along-side other asthma treatments to address the emotional components of asthma such as fear, panic, anxiety, and depression. Many pure essential oils also have proven anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, mucolytic, and anti-histamine actions. Medicinal aromatherapists may use pure, highest-quality essential oils from the conifer family, eucalyptus, lavender, hyssop, cedarwood, opopanax, niaouli, rosemary, cypress, myrtle, and even chamomile, thyme, and oregano successfully with asthma patients, young and old. Aromatherapy techniques might include inhalation, suppositories, various types of skin application, and/or diffused essential oils in the air.
# 6 Asthma Home Remedy: Clean Up Your Home Environment
Price: Inexpensive and priceless. You are basically eliminating or switching products in your home.
Sadly, most homes today are toxic environments. Laundry detergents, soaps, fumes from paint and carpeting, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, furniture polish, glass cleaners, room deodorizers, scented candles... are all made from chemicals. And, to make matters worse, the chemicals are toxic to humans; grown-ups, babies, kids, your children. Throw them all away! You and the people you love are breathing in the fumes from these common household products everyday. Switch to 100% safe, natural, bio-degradable cleaning products like Shaklee, or use plain ol' white vinegar, baking soda, and pure essential oils to clean and deodorize your home. Everyone in your home, and especially people with asthma or other lung conditions, will greatly benefit! Remember: Clean doesn't have a "smell".
By Char Howard