Asthma

Introduction

Asthma is a respiratory condition that can disrupt daily life, causing breathing difficulties and discomfort. While medical treatment is vital, complementary natural approaches can help alleviate asthma symptoms and improve overall well-being. In this comprehensive guide, we explore various holistic methods and remedies, including lifestyle changes and herbal infusions, to manage asthma effectively. Discover ways to ease asthma’s grip and enhance your quality of life.

Remedies

Treatment #1

  1. Avoid known triggers that can cause an asthmatic attack.
  2. If you smoke and have asthma, quit smoking.
  3. If you experience an attack after eating, drink several cups of a lobelia infusion or lukewarm saltwater until you vomit. If lobelia is not available, drink lukewarm saltwater and add a tablespoon of mustard to a glass of water to cleanse the stomach and lungs.
  4. After using these methods, drink a cup of hot spearmint or peppermint tea or hot unsweetened lemonade to settle the stomach.
  5. Apply hot fomentations over the stomach, liver, spleen, and lungs. Submerge yourself in a hot bath for 45 minutes to an hour and keep adding hot water to maintain the temperature. End the bath by sponging with cool water or taking a cool shower.
  6. Take a cold morning bath with a focus on applying cold water to the neck and shoulders.
  7. Brew a tea mixture of equal parts
    • lobelia,
    • wild cherry bark,
    • skullcap,
    • gentian,
    • valerian,
    • calamus
    • cubeb berries.
  8. Drink a cup of the tea three or four times a day, an hour before meals, and a hot cup before bed to achieve the same results. Use whichever herbs are available if not all are present.

Treatment #2

Licorice Root Infusion:

    • Add 1 tablespoon of licorice root to a cup of boiling water
    • Let it steep for 5-10 minutes
    • Strain the mixture to remove the licorice root
    • Drink the infusion once or twice daily

    Treatment #3

    Ginger and Turmeric Decoction:

      • Add 1 tablespoon each of ginger and turmeric to a pot of water
      • Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer
      • Allow the mixture to simmer for 20-30 minutes
      • Strain the mixture to remove the ginger and turmeric
      • Drink the decoction once or twice daily

      Recommended with all treatments

      Eucalyptus and Chamomile Steam Inhalation:

        • Add a handful of eucalyptus leaves and chamomile flowers to a pot of boiling water
        • Turn off the heat and lean over the pot with a towel draped over your head to create a steam tent
        • Inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes
        • Repeat the steam inhalation as needed, up to three times per day
        Urinary Infections

        Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

        Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

        Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


        Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

        Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
        Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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        Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

        Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

        Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
        Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

        Neuralgia

        General Remedies
        Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

        Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

        Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

        Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

        Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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        Head Pain
        Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
        Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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        Toothache
        Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
        Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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