For those of you suffering from asthma, there are several remedies that you can try.
Hot liquids and caffeine are effective in opening up the lungs. So, for adults, you can try strong black coffee or tea – as hot as you can stand! Don’t add milk, though, as this can produce phlegm, counteracting the effect of the hot drink.
Don’t give caffeine to children. Instead, have them drink a glass of plain hotwater. The water could be mixed with a small amount of honey and lemon juice, but again, it’s important that the drink be as hot as possible without burning the mouth.
Another thing to try if your child is having an asthma attack is to run the shower with all the bathroom doors and windows shut. Allow the steam to build up and then take the child into the room. She should take deep breaths until the steam is all gone.
Herbs for Asthma
There are also some herbal remedies you could try for asthma. Eucalyptus oil is valuable for all kinds of respiratory problems. For asthma, put a bit of the oil on a hanky or other absorbent cotton material and place this by the bed while sleeping. The vapors are soothing and help ease the breathing passages. The oil can be also be used in a vaporizer for the same outcome.
Cinnamon mixed with honey is a good bedtime treatment. Mix together one teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and take it before going to bed.
For daytime use, you can boil 6 cloves in a cup of water for about 5 minutes. Add a bit of honey, let the mixture cool, and take one teaspoon three times a day.
Finally, you can try licorice root and ginger. It’s best if you can use fresh licorice and ginger, but dried will do in a pinch. Chop them up finely, mix them together in equal amounts and take one teaspoon of the mixture with a cup of water.
Try out some of these treatments and you will find that asthma relief is at hand!