Asthma is a complex bronchial disorder with a wide variety of root causes (allergy, respiratory infection, psychological factors, etc.) with multiple physiological results including excess mucus, muscle constriction, and/or swollen tissue in the bronchial area causing breathing to be labored and difficult, along with coughing and wheezing. Following are some of some of the options available for natural asthma relief:
AVOIDING KNOWN TRIGGERS FOR NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: It is generally believed that many asthma attacks are reactions to certain triggers so one of the best ways to prevent an asthma attack is to avoid the triggers that cause them. Cigarette smoking is one of the most significant triggers and should be avoided. Certain perfumes or products that have strong perfumed scents have been known to trigger asthma attacks so avoiding perfume is a good way to prevent asthma attacks. You should also try to buy unscented products whenever possible. This includes deodorants, body washes, soaps, hand lotions and other products of this nature. Look for mildly scented shampoos and conditioners.
THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: Most experts in essential oils advise a slow and metered approach to using essential oils. Lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, and a breathing or respiratory blend can be very helpful. Frankincense is highly anti-inflammatory and lime has excellent anti-mucus qualities that can be helpful as well.
Application: With asthma, do not use cup and inhale or diffusion in hopes of immediately easing the symptoms. Rather use topical or massage applications to the chest and back, starting with gentle aromatic oils like lavender, then progress to oils with more expectorant properties like eucalyptus, lime and breathing blends. Finally use rosemary or relaxing oils for calming.
Testimonials: Nicole – My son has asthma and he is supposed to be on an inhaler twice a day. This year I started using the blend breathe. We apply it on his chest, upper back and feet. I should do it once a day, but sometimes I don’t always remember. He is no longer on an inhaler, we just use the oils. I have found that I have been using the onguard blend quite a bit with it, just to make him really safe during the winter season. I really didn’t want him to catch any sickness, because in the past we have been in and out of the hospital and doctor’s office so often. By using those two blends, he has been SO HEALTHY this winter season. We haven’t visited the ER or the doctor’s office once….which is HUGE for us. It is really exciting to feel like we have more control of his health by using doTerra’s oils. It is great.
Carol – Our daughter has exercise induced asthma. We had been working on her diet, which is a large part of asthma when we were introduced to doTerra. We began using breathe blend and frankincense on her back and chest, and immediately saw an improvement in her breathing. We have learned that not only is it important to use the oils at the first sign of an attack, but that it is important to make it a regular part of a daily routine for her, besides just diet. Now we switch between frankincense & breathe blend and lime & eucalyptus on her chest and back hourly if we see symptoms. We also switch off between peppermint, balance, frankincense, sandalwood, on guard or rosemary on her feet nearly every night. Haily’s attacks are very rare now, and we KNOW why.
It is always recommended to progress with natural allergy relief treatment under the care of a licensed medical practitioner.
EFFECTIVE HERBS FOR NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: Bromelain has been shown to be quite effective for the management of symptoms related to asthma particularly for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies indicate that this herb helps to relieve inflammation in the airway which thereby reduces the severity of asthma symptoms. It is, however important to remember that this particular herb is not for use by anyone who has an allergy to pineapple. The most common side effect is digestive upset although it does pose the above mentioned allergy risk.
Boswellia is another effective herb as it inhibits the formation of compounds called leukotrienes that cause the airway to narrow when released in the lungs. In studies, boswellia has been shown to help patients breathe easier and help reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks. Side effects may include digestive upset, nausea, acid reflux and diarrhea.
Butterbur is currently one of the most talked about herbal natural remedies for asthma as many of the active components of the shrub have been shown to soothe muscle spasms and act as an anti-inflammatory which can help control asthma symptoms. Butterbur is a member of the ragweed family so anyone with allergies should avoid it and it may also cause headache, dizziness, fainting, nausea, fatigue or vomiting.
When using herbs for natural asthma relief, always works under the direction of a healthcare professional.
HEALTHY DIET FOR NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: Everyone can benefit from a healthy diet and those with asthma are no exception. Certain foods have been shown to help with the treatment of asthma and the prevention of asthma attacks. Eating healthier may not completely eliminate asthma attacks but will help make them less frequent and less severe. Beyond avoiding known dietary triggers such as food allergies, nutritional supplements in the form of necessary vitamins and minerals can go a long way toward minimizing asthma attacks. Nutritional deficiencies make for a weakened system that isn’t able to effectively fight unexpected environmental triggers. Asthmatics need to exercise care even when using natural supplements. Make sure supplements are hypo-allergenic so as not to react to those! The need for certain vitamins and minerals may be greater among asthma sufferers than the average person as the condition itself tends to contribute to certain deficiencies. A good multi-vitamin is recommended to compensate for these deficiencies and make for a healthier body, better equipped to ward off reactions. Asthmatics also tend to have very low magnesium levels – a mineral that helps relax bronchial tubes – so a supplemental dose may be advisable. Finally, Vitamin C is believed to improve bronchial functioning. Therefore, fruits and vegetables are an especially important part of the diet of any person with asthma. Apples, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, melons, berries, tomatoes and leafy green vegetables are an excellent addition to your diet as these foods have been shown to reduce the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. Studies indicate that children who had diets that contained a high intake of fruits and vegetables.