Severe asthma can make it difficult to enjoy life and be productive on a daily basis, but luckily, there are plenty of natural ways to treat asthma at home. If you have severe asthma symptoms, try these ten home remedies before you go to the doctor. You could feel better in no time!
1) Inhale Steam
Inhaling steam can help clear your nose blockage and make breathing easier. In a pot, add water, a few drops of eucalyptus oil, and some fresh herbs like sage or thyme. Bring the pot of water to a boil then turn it off. Sit over the pot with a towel wrapped around your head so that the steam is not escaping from the pot. Breathe in through your nose as you breathe out through your mouth. Repeat until you feel better or until the pot cools down. Steam baths are also helpful for clearing the sinuses and opening up nasal passages. If you are near an ocean or swimming pool, take a dip in cold water for relief from asthma symptoms.
A common cause of nose blockage is pollutants such as smoke, dust, pollen, and mold spores. Try installing air filters into your home to reduce pollution levels inside the house. Nasal decongestants may be prescribed by a doctor if nose blockages persist despite these natural remedies for severe asthma treatments at home.
2) Drink Peppermint Tea
For severe asthma, it is important to drink plenty of fluids and get your medications in on time. If you are using inhalers or a nebulizer for asthma, this should be done 15-20 minutes before the onset of an attack. If you have ever been hospitalized with an acute attack, your doctor may have prescribed a rescue medication such as albuterol or prednisone that should be taken as soon as possible. In addition to drinking peppermint tea, there are many other natural ways to relieve symptoms of severe asthma attacks. Some natural remedies include inhaling steam from a humidifier or boiling water on the stovetop then breathing through a towel over your face.
3) Take a Warm Bath
A warm bath can help open up the airways and promote better breathing. Add a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil, soak for 20 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. If you’re in the middle of an asthma attack, this will also help bring your body back down from the adrenaline rush that can cause more symptoms.
If you have severe asthma, it’s best to consult your doctor before using any home remedies as some could worsen your condition. Even if natural remedies don’t work for you, it’s important to make sure you have an inhaler on hand in case of emergencies.
4) Drink Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is one of the most popular home remedies for asthma. It can help relieve a cough and bronchial spasms, and soothe an inflamed airway. Ginger has been shown to be an effective treatment for morning sickness, nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, arthritis pain relief, and many other ailments. The active ingredient in ginger is gingerol which has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help relax muscles in the respiratory tract. Inhalation of ginger may also help improve lung function by opening constricted airways.
Add 2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger to boiling water, steep for 5 minutes, strain and drink. You should not use powdered or dried ginger as it does not contain the volatile oils that are needed for its therapeutic effects. If you do not like drinking hot liquids then try adding some freshly grated ginger to lemonade or lime juice. Avoid consuming more than 1/2 teaspoon per day as it could irritate your stomach lining.
5) Eat Garlic and Onion
Eating garlic and onion is a great way to help treat asthma. Garlic in particular has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a natural treatment for many ailments, including asthma. In fact, when it comes to treating respiratory conditions like asthma, garlic has been shown to be more effective than drugs. You can eat or drink raw garlic or onion on its own or add these ingredients into your favorite dish. However, you should only do this if you are not allergic to them! Another option is to take 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic per day with honey or apple cider vinegar. If you have access to fresh ginger root, then chewing on a small chunk of the root will also provide similar benefits.
6) Drink Honey and Lemon Water
This is one of the most popular home remedies for asthma and it’s easy enough to make a batch in advance. Combine equal parts honey and lemon juice, or if you want, use a juicer. If you’re not able to find fresh lemons or they are too expensive where you live, use bottled lemon juice. Drink this mixture first thing in the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach. You can also drink this mixture during the day when your symptoms flare up and resume drinking it in the morning for relief. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids along with the mixture so that it doesn’t dry out your throat.
7) Practice Deep Breathing Exercises
One of the best ways to reduce asthma symptoms is by practicing deep breathing exercises. Hold your breath for five seconds before taking another deep breath. Breathe out slowly and deeply. Repeat this exercise 10 times in a row every hour or so when you’re experiencing an asthma attack. It will help to open up your airways, reducing any congestion that’s making it difficult for your lungs to do their job.
8) Try Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a great way to treat severe asthma. There are many different oils that can be used and often one or two may help with your symptoms. Lavender, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect that can provide relief for those suffering from severe asthma. To use aromatherapy in the treatment of your asthma you will need:
1 drop of Lavender oil peppermint oil or Eucalyptus oil, 1 drop each
A diffuser and a bowl/cup/bottle large enough for the diffuser. Fill the bowl with hot water and add the drops of essential oils into it and turn on your diffuser! The best time to do this is at night because it promotes relaxation and helps relieve stress. You should take deep breaths and focus on inhaling through your nose and exhaling out through your mouth.