Honey starts out as flower nectar, and begins to be turned into honey once it is gathered by honeybees. When the nectar is collected and stored in the honeybees stomach or ‘crop’, it mixes with enzymes that start to break down the complex sugars that nectar is composed of. Once the honeybees return to the hive, they regurgitate the nectar and spread it through the honeycombs, fanning it with their wings in order to help it dry faster, turning it into a thick syrup. One the right texture has been reached, the bees seal off the honeycomb with a plug of wax, storing it until it’s eaten.
Honey has been used for thousands of years in many cultures and therapies, like Ayurveda. It can be used as a natural sweetener, and contains high levels of fructose and glucose. It’s high in carbohydrates, and contains no sodium cholesterol or fat. With essential vitamins and minerals like niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, calcium, manganese, potassium and iron, honey is an extremely healthy addition to any diet and lifestyle.
Honey is full of antioxidants. Generally, the darker the honey, the higher the levels of antioxidants. Honey also contains antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial qualities, which is why it’s often applied to wounds and open sores. It provides a protective barrier and keeps open wounds sterile while promoting faster healing. Honey can also help maintain blood sugar levels, promote clear skin, and has even been thought to hold potential anti-cancer properties.
Consuming honey can help boost the immune system and break up phlegm and mucus that collects in the bronchial tubes and lungs, exacerbating symptoms of asthma. It also soothes a sore throat and reduces coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest. Mix one teaspoon of honey into a glass of hot water and drink it slowly a few times each day. You can also simply dip a teaspoon into honey and eat it at least three times a day.
Onions have been around for centuries and are even believed to have been a staple in the diets of prehistoric man, as they grew wildly in many different regions throughout the world. In Egypt, onions were considered a symbol of eternity and used as an object of worship, and they were featured heavily in ancient Indian Vedic texts for their purported medicinal properties. Onions belong to the Allium family alongside garlic, and are used frequently in many different cuisines.
Onions are low in fats and calories, and high in soluble fiber. They’re rich in vitamins, minerals and flavonoids, such as vitamin C, which can help boost the immune system and ward off colds, chromium, a mineral that can help control blood sugar levels, and quercetin, a flavonoid that contains anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Onions also contain beneficial sulfur compounds, pantothenic acid, folates, thiamin, manganese, biotin and potassium.
Onion consumption is thought to help prevent ulcers by inhibiting the growth of the microorganism that causes ulcers, Heliobacter pylori. They promote a healthy cardiovascular system, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as relieve symptoms of bladder infections and support a healthy prostate. Onions also promote a healthy digestive system, and encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
The anti-inflammatory compounds found in onion make them an effective remedy for asthma. The presence of quercetin is believed to help decrease the frequency and severity of asthmatic symptoms, and the sulfur compounds can help decrease inflammation in the lungs. Eat raw onion to clear airways, or cook them to make them more palatable.
Lemons are a wonderfully versatile citrus fruit that have been used for thousands of years in medicine, cooking and even household cleaning. They were initially created by cross-breeding a lime and a citron, and were thought to have first been cultivated in India or China. These days, the entire lemon fruit can be used for various purposes. Lemon juice is frequently used in different health tonics, leaves from the lemon tree can be made into tea or used in cooking, and the pulp and peel can be used in many different recipes to give an unmistakable taste and aroma.
Lemons are full of beneficial citric acid, which acts as an alkalizing agent that can help lower the levels of acidity in the human body. Lemons can be used to treat constipation, indigestion, kidney stones, high blood pressure, dental problems, fever, burns and rheumatism. Lemons are full of flavonoids that hold antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties, such as limonene, a component that is thought to contain potential prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Lemons contain many active ingredients that give them a wide array of health benefits. They are an extremely rich source of vitamin C, with one lemon providing over 60 percent of the daily recommended intake. Inhaling the scent of lemons can increase the release of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine, which can improve mood and emotions, and can also improve mental focus and alertness.
The high levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants make lemons a powerful combatant against asthma, as well as other respiratory disorders. Simply combining the juice of half a lemon with a glass full of warm water and drinking that first thing in the morning can help reduce symptoms of asthma and give the immune system a much-needed boost.
10. Carom Seeds
Carom seeds go by many different names such as bishop’s weed, ajwain or ajowan seeds, and are scientifically known as Trachyspermum copticum. They’re a member of the Umbelliferae family alongside parsley, fennel and dill, and are commonly powdered and used as a spice in Indian cuisine. The seeds are often chewed for medicinal purposes like an upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Carom seeds contain protein, dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as essential minerals like calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, phosphorus, niacin and iron. They also contain limonene, and a phenol called thymol, which has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. Carom seed oil can be used to treat arthritis pain, earaches, toothaches, and menstrual cramps.
Carom seeds also act as a bronchodilator, which can help relieve symptoms of asthma. The seeds can be boiled and used as a vaporizer by inhaling the steam, or you can simply drink the water once it’s cooled. You can also wrap a handful of carom seeds in a piece of cotton cloth and microwave it until it’s comfortably warm, then place on your chest to bring relief from tightness and wheezing.
Even though asthma is not curable, it can be easily handled by taking preventative measures. Be sure to identify anything that may trigger asthma attacks, like cigarette smoke, animal fur, pollen or dust, and avoid these as much as possible. Take any medication that has been prescribed to you by a doctor, and pay attention to any potential symptoms of an asthma attack, treating the symptoms as soon as they appear. Acting quickly is the best chance to reduce the risk of a severe asthma attack.