With the change in season and the slight nip in the air coming in, the city’s doctors are gearing up for the inflow of patients suffering from asthma. Add to that the festival of lights, Diwali, and more and more children and adults complain of asthma and similar breathing issues each year.
Asthma is one of the most common breathing problems, and is a type of inflammatory disease that affects the lungs. If you suffer from asthma, you will find it hard to breathe, and may feel a kind of tightness in your chest and airways, that makes your breathing restricted.
5 Home Remedies To Help Ease Asthma Symptoms
While these may work round the year, here are a few home remedies that will help you beat asthma and breathe easier, especially around Diwali.
1. Clove Water
- Add about 5 to 8 cloves in half a glass of water and pour in a pan. Boil till you can feel the aroma releasing.
- Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Add a tsp of honey and stir it well. Drink this water twice a day.
Clove has various anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral properties that help prevent and treat asthma.
2. Mustard Camphor Rub
- Take about 1 tbsp. of mustard oil and warm it up, making sure not to heat it too much.
- Add a bit of camphor to the warm oil and stir it, till the camphor mixes with the oil.
- Remove from heat and cool it to a warm temperature, so that it will not cause any burn on the skin. Massage this oil on the chest area once or twice a day.
Mustard oil can help open up airways as the vapors clear up blocked passages.
3. Ginger, Honey, Pomegranate
- In a bowl, add a piece of ginger, about 2 to 3 tbsp. of pomegranate seeds and 1 tbsp. honey.
- Crush them together so that the ginger and the pomegranate seeds release their juices.
- Drink this juice few times a day to get relief.
Both honey and ginger have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that make it easier for oxygen to flow to the lungs.
4. Onion, Pepper, Honey Juice
- Grate an onion to get about 1/4th cup of onion juice.
- Add a tsp of honey and just a bit of black pepper.
- Mix well and have it once or twice a day.
Honey and onion have anti-inflammatory properties. Pepper has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, as well as properties that ease respiratory conditions.
5. Ginger, Cinnamon, Tulsi
- Grate some ginger to get about 1 tsp of ginger juice.
- Add this to a cup of warm water, along with a dash of cinnamon powder.
- Stir well and drink once or twice a day.
Ginger has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that make it easier for oxygen to flow to the lungs. Cinnamon reduces allergic reactions, while tulsi relieves respiratory problems.
Other Foods That Are Good To Ease Asthma
- Foods rich in magnesium, such as brown rice, green leafy vegetables, beans, whole wheat
- Olive oil
- Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel