If you’re like me, then lists of natural remedies for asthma seem interesting, but ultimately un-do-able. I’m just not inclined to rub warmed-up mustard seed oil on my chest, or drink garlic cloves boiled in milk.
I like my home remedies for asthma to be simple and inexpensive, and they have to be generally good health practices too. I only treat my asthma is ways that treat my overall health as well.
5 Natural Remedies for Asthma That Worked For Me
Ah, honey. My all time fave natural remedy for asthma, and not just because it takes so good.
Honey offers a whole host of health benefits and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium and zinc. Important for asthma suffers, it can suppress coughs and soothe the throat. Some claim it can help you sleep better and even boost your immunity.
And just as important – honey is yummy and fun to eat! Adding it to tea or hot water is very soothing, and many asthma sites recommend a teaspoon of honey mixed with cinnamon before bed. I don’t bother mixing in the cinnamon, but I do find that if I’m congested or phlegm-y at night, a spoonful of honey helps.
If you can find a good, local honey that’s not too expensive, go for it -some people think honey from your local bees can help with your allergies to local pollen.
Otherwise, many of my readers enjoy this Nature Nate’s raw and unfiltered honey – and it’s got great reviews on Amazon and is really well priced:
Be careful with this one – lemons can be triggering for some people. But in general, its high amount of antioxidants and immune-boosting vitamin C means that lemon juice is often used as a home remedy for asthma.
We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables, and lemon juice has lots of health benefits . So most mornings, I do squeeze half a lemon into a tall glass of water, and drink it before I eat breakfast. Some people add sugar, but I’ve found that you quickly get used to the bitterness.
I’m not sure how much it has actually benefited my asthma, but I do know that I crave my lemon water in the morning, and miss it when I don’t have it.
Perhaps this falls more under the ‘lifestyle’ category of treating asthma. But Omega-3 Fatty Acids are anti-inflammatory, and anyone not living under a rock knows how beneficial they are in our diets.
So, extra-virgin olive oil is our oil of choice, we try our best to eat fish and avoid deep-fried foods (easier said than done, I know), and we take an Omega supplement (here’s a great one). I think these are just good general health practices that are probably helping my asthma, too.
Finally, olive oil is a key element in the Mediterranean Diet, which research shows can be good for lung health. Learn more about a healthy diet for asthma management here.
This ‘Amazon’s Choice’ extra virgin olive oil is a great option if you’re trying to eat a bit healthier without breaking the bank:
I stumbled upon Breathe Easy Tea one day in my local supermarket, and now I always keep it in our home. It’s a caffeine- and GMO- free blend of mostly organic herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat nasal congestion. It’s bittersweet, and I find it soothing. If I wake up feeling congested, I reach for this.
Similarly, I also now enjoy Throat Coat Tea. It’s also an organic blend designed to relieve throat irritations, which are all too common for us asthmatics.
A word to the wise – this is not for the feint of heart! This tea contains licorice and marshmallow root, and the taste is … unusual. I still can’t get my wife Emma to take more than a few sips! But, when it says ‘throat coat,’ it means ‘throat coat.’ It’s incredibly soothing, and leaves my throat relieved and softened. I’ve never used anything quite like it.
Ginger and turmeric are so often cited as natural remedies for asthma, that I think they need to be next up on ‘Need to Try’ list. We don’t use either in our day-to-day cooking, so we’ll need to look up some recipes. If you have any, please let us know in the comments. And if you’ve had any luck with natural remedies for asthma, please share!
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