Asthma Breathe Easier With Home Remedies
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There are many old fashioned home remedies that open the lungs and help asthmatics breathe easier.
You need look no further than the kitchen.
Garlic, onions and coffee have been shown to help ease breathing
in asthma. Onions make a smelly but effective poultice to apply to the chest
area. The caffeine in coffee and tea works in a similar manner to the asthma
drug theophylline. The rosemary you use as a culinary herb contains essential oils that block the histamine that
is responsible for constricting airways. Rosemary, Sage, and thyme can also be used to create fragrant herbal steam to ease the breath. Simply
Lung tonics: If you suffer from asthma or any other chronic condition affecting the lungs you may want to investigate herbs that have been traditionally used as lung tonics. Evaluate them carefully, however, as some are not suitable for long term use or for children.
Smoking certain herbs helps to soothe inflamed lung tissue, loosen secretions, and tones the lungs. Coltsfoot is also one of the traditional smoking herbs that formed the basis of many smoking mixtures. Native Americans smoked the leaves of Lobelia, known to colonists as Indian Tobacco, to ease asthma. Lobelia acts as a relaxant in the presence of pain, and is useful in bronchitis and asthma as an expectorant and stimulant of the respiratory system. (Millspaugh, Charles F.) Coltsfoot hinders the body's production of an inflammatory protein, which narrows the air passages and prompts asthma attacks.(Duke,James, Ph.D.)
Nettle is anti-asthmatic, the juice of the roots or leaves, mixed with honey or sugar will relieve bronchial and asthmatic troubles, and the dried leaves, burnt and inhaled will have the same effect. (Grieve, Maud)
It is worth noting that the old folks (going back to Pliny the Elder) and American Indian traditions recommended smoking herbs while the more modernists modern herbalists prefer we drink herbal teas, or take herbs in tinctures and capsules.
See Also :
- Allergies :The causes and cures for allergies vary widely, as do the herbs that will work best for each individual.
- Bronchitis :A nagging cough that lingers and causes difficulty in breathing is often symptomatic of
- Colds : Be prepared for the cold and flu season by stocking your herbal medicine
chest with a ready supply of herbs.
- Congestion :Congestion in the airways, lungs, sinus and chest makes breathing difficult and
being sick even more miserable
- Green Home :Make your own toxic-free green cleaners using common household ingredients
like vinegar combined with the powder of pure essential oils and herbal extracts.
- Sinus :The cold that lingers may not be just a cold. The congestion and headache may be signs of a sinus infection.
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Coltsfoot hinders the body's production of an inflammatory protein, which narrows the air passages and prompts asthma attacks.
- Adele Dawson. "Herbs: Partners in Life" Healing Arts Press, (2000) Present-day herbalists use the root of elecampane as a tonic for pulmonary complaints and for coughs. Elecampane is a safe home remedy for bronchitis and asthma
- Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" , (2003) The caffeine in coffee and tea is a chemical cousin to the asthma drug theophylline. Researchers have found that a caffeine dose of 7 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight can significantly improve lung function of people with asthma.
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Allergies and asthma also improve with ginkgo. The herb contains a dozen different anti-inflammatory chemicals and seven natural antihistamines.
- . , , (0000-00-00): Butterbur is a traditional remedy for wheezing. Studies of the effectiveness of butterbur root extract on the symptoms of asthma are promising, but further study is necessary.,
- Mountain Rose Herbs . Learn epimedium , , (2008-10-25): Modern Chinese herbal medicine uses epimedium (usually in combination with other herbs) not just to treat impotence, but also for asthma, bronchitis cervical dysplasia, congestive heart failure, leukorrhea, leukopenia, and viral infections of the heart.
- Richard Mabey. "The New Age Herbalist" Fireside, (1988) Grindelia is a indigenous North America bush best known medicinally for its expectorant properties in treating breathing problems like asthma and bronchitis, and as a good field remedy for insect bites and poision ivy.