The exact cause of asthma is not known but it can be triggered by allergies, air pollution, respiratory infections, emotions, weather conditions, sulfites in food and certain medications. Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
There are many medical treatments for asthma. Some simple natural remedies can also provide relief from symptoms. Below are some of the tips you can use to get your breathing under control;
The caffeine in regular coffee can help control asthma attacks because it acts as a bronchodilator. Hot coffee helps relax and clear the airways to help you to breathe easier. The stronger the coffee, the better the result.
But try not to drink more than three cups of black coffee in a day. If you do not like coffee, you can opt for a cup of hot black tea. Do not use caffeine as a regular treatment though.
The following garlic remedy can help clear congestion in your lungs during the early stages of asthma.
- Boil two or three cloves in one-quarter cup of milk.
- Allow it to cool to room temperature and then drink it.
Ginger is a well-known natural treatment for various ailments including asthma. Researchers have found that it can help reduce airway inflammation and inhibit airway contraction.
Plus, studies indicate that it has compounds that may enhance the muscle relaxant effects of certain asthma drugs.
Mix equal quantities of ginger juice, pomegranate juice and honey. Consume one tablespoon of this mixture two or three times a day.Alternatively, you can mix one teaspoon of ground ginger in one and a half cups of water and take one tablespoon of this mixture at bedtime.Cut one inch of ginger into small pieces and add it to a pot of boiling water. Let it steep for five minutes, allow it to cool down and then drink it.To detoxify your lungs, prepare a fenugreek decoction by boiling one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water and mixing one teaspoon each of ginger juice and honey in it. Drink this solution every morning and evening.You can also eat raw ginger mixed with salt.
Honey is one of the oldest natural cures for asthma. The alcohol and ethereal oils in honey help reduce asthma symptoms.
- Just inhaling the smell of honey produces positive results for some people.
- You can also mix one teaspoon of honey into a glass of hot water and drink it slowly about three times a day.
- Before going to bed, swallow one teaspoon of honey with one-half teaspoon of cinnamon powder. This will help remove phlegm from your throat and allow you to sleep better
- People with asthma often have low levels of vitamin C. Lemons are rich in this vitamins and antioxidants that can help reduce asthma symptoms.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water and add some sugar according to your taste. Drink this regularly to reduce asthma attacks.
Oranges, papayas, blueberries and strawberries are also rich in nutrients that help minimize asthma symptoms.
Note: Avoid using bottled lemon juice. Also, do not take citrus fruits during asthma attacks if they worsen your symptoms.