10 Home Remedies for Asthma

By Elizabeth Lilian

Asthma is a chronic, long-term condition that is characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, whistling and tightness in the chest. Asthmatic symptoms are caused by inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, and those with asthma tend to have more sensitive airways that react to triggers like pollen, dust, mold, animal fur and even emotional issues like stress, which can flare up the airways and cause asthma attacks.

Asthma can be caused by genetics or environmental factors like the weather, exposure to tobacco smoke or chemicals, and health issues like obesity. If asthma is left untreated or undiagnosed, it can be deadly. Asthma can affect people of all ages and while it can’t be cured, it can be effectively controlled.

Here are 10 home remedies for asthma.

1.      Ginger

Ginger has been a popular spice in natural therapies for thousands of years. It’s taken from the rhizome (or root) of the Zingiber officinale, a perennial flowering plant that is native to Asia but grown across the world. Ginger is a member of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside turmeric and cardamom. It’s a common remedy for things like nausea, morning sickness and digestive issues, to reduce pain and inflammation, and much more.

Ginger can be ingested powdered, fresh, dried or as an oil. It’s often used in different cuisines, as it contains a unique flavor and aroma that comes from the natural oils. Ginger is a spice that is high in gingerol, an active phytonutrient that holds many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, and is the compound that is responsible for many of gingers healthy effects.

Ginger is a carminative, which means it relieves painful gas and bloating. It is also a common treatment for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and studies have found it to have profound effects on pain levels in arthritis sufferers. Ginger may also hold anti-tumor properties, and it’s thought to be an effective treatment for asthma symptoms by reducing inflammation and tightness in the airways that cause asthma symptoms.

To use ginger to relieve asthma, mix one teaspoon of ground or powdered ginger with one cup of water, and drink one tablespoon of the mixture before bed each night. Alternatively, you can make ginger tea by cutting ginger into small pieces and boiling it in water. You can also simply add ginger to your meals to reap the benefits, or eat raw ginger sprinkled with salt.