What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a lung disease that causes problems in breathing. Millions of Americans especially children are affected by asthma every year. It is more common with people who have allergies.
An asthma attack is caused by either allergens or something else (usually called triggers) that irritates the lungs. Recognizing these triggers will help to prevent asthma attacks.
17 Top Natural Home Remedies For Asthma
#1. Avoid Allergens & Pets
There are many causes for asthma such as allergens, allergies, air pollution, and sinus infections. One of the major offenders for allergens is a pet. The best idea is to not have or be around a pet so that you don’t trigger an asthma attack. If you cannot resist these furry little creatures, however, there are some ways to help alleviate their irritations with simple natural home remedies.
Try not to let them in your room or ride in close proximity with you in a vehicle. Wash your hands right away after you come into contact with your pets. (Washing your hands often is good advice at any time for some one who suffers from allergies and asthma.)
Also wash the animals often, at least once a week so that you can wash away the dead skin and dander that causes the irritation. It is not actually their fur that causes dander; it is their skin. So shaving them and getting haircuts will help but may not completely solve the problem.
#2. Dust Mites
Another major cause for asthma attacks is dust mites. There are natural ways to prevent breathing them in and to avoid getting them in your home.
Cleaning as often as possible is one of the best home remedies for asthma. Vacuuming is best. Dusting will stir up particles and possibly cause an attack. When cleaning, wear a mask over your face and mouth to help avoid breathing in any dust or particles.
#4. Clean Mattress
Another home remedy is to enclose your mattress in an airtight cover and then cover your bed with a mattress pad. Wash the mattress pad often as well as your sheets and pillows.
#5. Avoid Carpets
If you can, avoid carpets altogether or as much as possible. Bare floors are easier to clean and attract less dust and particles.
#6. Use An Air Purifier
Use air purifier in the bedroom to keep the room free from dust particles.
#7. Quit Smoking
Don’t smoke cigarettes and try to avoid being around those that do. Tobacco smoke is one of the worst irritants. Keep it out of your home and vehicle.
#8. Say No To Drugs
Avoid chemicals and other drugs.
Another natural remedy for asthma is to learn to breathe and relax. Deep and controlled breathing can help to reduce or slow down an asthma attack.
Natural home remedies such as caffeine can help to control and slow down an asthma attack.
#11. Onion & Ginger
Onions and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties and make an excellent natural remedy for asthma.
#12. Diet Control
Watch what you eat. Keep a record of what you eat and any resulting attacks or other reactions.
#13. Dust Cover
You can use cheesecloth as a dust cover over all vents and outlets.
#14. Vitamin C & B12
There are foods that can eliminate asthma symptoms such as those rich in Vitamin C or B12. Other foods include hot chili peppers, Orange Juice and yogurt. Hot foods help to open up the airways. Vitamin C is good for the immune system. The Vitamin B12 found in yogurt has been found to help also. Lemons are also high in Vitamin C.
Garlic is an excellent natural home remedy that can help control nasal congestion in your lungs.
#16. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil and peppermint can also be used as decongestants.
Honey has been shown to remove phlegm from the throat. If you drink it before bedtime it can help you breathe better through out the night.
In conclusion, there are many natural home remedies that can be done to prevent asthma, control it or help you to reduce the risk of an asthma attack. Then once you have an asthma attack there are ways to help you calm down and relax and control your breathing so that you get back to normal. It is best if you can prevent them altogether. These home remedies should help to do just that!