Top Home Remedies for Asthma You Should Know

Top Home Remedies for Asthma You Should Know

People who struggle with allergies know how much of a nuisance those can be, either seasonally or whenever you’re around a certain allergen. But allergies are nothing compared to having a daily battle with asthma. Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes spasms, making it hard to breathe. It is often tied to allergies and appears as an allergic reaction, but it can also be general hypersensitivity to our environment. And there is a lot of medicine you can take to relieve your symptoms and make your life more comfortable, but there are also things you can do at home that will help you breathe easily.

Practice Breathing
This is something we can all benefit from, asthma or not, and something that is easily practiced at home. Practicing deep breathing in different poses will help you learn to control your airways, and it might even help you get more air when you are having an attack. If you feel like you can’t breathe in all the way, or if you can only take short breaths, take a moment, calm down and try several breathing exercises. Yoga is great for this because it positions your body in different ways and commands you to try and breathe deeply. The downward-facing dog, a pose where you are on your hands and feet with your hips high, facing the ground, will help with nasal constrictions and allow you to breathe while you are fully stretched out. If you are having trouble with your lungs, belly breathing will be your savior, so act like an opera singer and breathe through the belly. Practice breathing in different poses for 20 minutes every day, and you will definitely see the difference.

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Control the space around you
You can’t always be in control of your environment, but you can definitely do it in your home. If you know what triggers your asthma, make sure it’s out of the house and out of your garden. Make sure you have good-quality air in every room, so open those windows and let some fresh air in. However, if you live in the city, that air isn’t all that healthy, so finding the best air purifier will make sure that there are no harmful particles in the air you’re breathing at home. The second thing you need to establish is a cleaning schedule. Asthma is often triggered by dust, and even if that’s not the trigger, it will worsen the symptoms you have. Make sure you dust all of your surfaces daily and do a deep cleaning once per week. It might sound like a lot, but for your health – it’s worth it.

Oils
We use oils for a lot of things, but asthma is perhaps an unlikely one. The main thing you want to do when you have asthma is to open up the air pathways in your chest. Heating up some mustard oil together with camphor and rubbing that mixture over your chest will provide you with quick relief if you feel like you can’t get enough air. And if you put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in some water and boil it, breathing in the steam will help open you up and let you breathe – plus it’s great for the skin!

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If you are having an attack
Firstly, get your inhaler. You have it for a reason and you should use it immediately. But, if for some reason you don’t have it with you, there are other things you can do to help yourself in an emergency. The first thing is to grab a big cup of coffee. Yes, you heard that right. Caffeine will help open up your airways and allow you to breathe normally for up to two hours, which is plenty of time to get to an ER, find your inhaler or get a new one. Caffeinated tea works just as well. Make sure you sit upright and try to take slow, deep breaths. Don’t panic, because it will only make it worse. And of course, know all the symptoms of an asthma attack, so that you can recognize it and act accordingly.

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Whether you want to rely on medicine or not, these are some good practices that will benefit you either way, and there are some things we could all be doing to be a little healthier. 

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