Herbal Remedies for Asthma
Let’s take a look at some of the most valuable herbs you can use to relieve your asthma. Keep in mind that herbs, like all other substances, may cause allergic reactions in some people. Try a minute amount for a day or so and see how you respond.
- Eleuthero: This herb is classified as an adaptogen. It works slowly, over a period of weeks or months. Eleuthero will enhance your energy levels and immunity to infections. Adaptogens help your body and mind to cope with physical, emotional, and mental stressors. The herb comes in many forms. I recommend the tincture form. If using a 1:5, 30% alcohol tincture, take five milliliters three times daily. This herb is safe for long term use.
- Nettle: This weedy wonder is packed with nutrients which build up your resistance to illness and balance all of the activities within your entire body. Nettle contains vitamin C and many other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which fights infection and reduces inflammation. Nettle can reduce histamine levels within your body, and open up your air passages. After taking nettles for several months, you will experience fewer reactions to allergens. Make an infusion by covering four teaspoonful of dried nettle with four cups of boiling water. Place a cover on the container. After twenty minutes, discard the herb. Drink three to four cups of nettle tea each day.
- Licorice root: Licorice is sweet tasting. It reduces inflammation, and thins mucus, making it easier to expectorate. This leads to fewer infections due to less pooling of secretions within your airways. If you have high blood pressure, look for products which contain the deglycyrrhizinated form. Licorice has an action which is similar to steroidal medications which are often used to treat asthma. The herb may interact with several medications, so check with your doctor or pharmacist prior to using it. Licorice will soothe your airways and relieve coughing. It supports the health of your liver, which detoxifies allergens and other compounds that cause asthma to flare up. Use one to two grams of the powdered root daily. I recommend using licorice as a decoction. To make a decoction, simmer one teaspoonful of the dried root in one cup of water for twenty minutes. Keep it covered while simmering. Strain out the root and drink the warm tea.
- Garlic: The simplest and least expensive way to use garlic is to eat a raw, or lightly cooked clove each day as part of a meal. However, if you opt for tablets, purchase ones that provide a minimum of 5000 milligrams of allicin daily. Garlic and the onions contain quercetin, which offers many benfits, including an antihistamine effect. Garlic prevents infections and opens up air passages. Check with your health care provider prior to using garlic supplements or eating it in large amounts if you take anticoagulant, blood thinning medications. You may opt to make a garlic and onion syrup for healing purposes. If you do, include the skins of the onions in your syrup preparation, as they contain the highest concentrations of quercetin. Use local honey, if you are not allergic to it, as the sweetener in your syrup so that you will develop an immunity to local airborne allergens. If you cannot take garlic, or do not like it, try obtaining quercetin from grape seed or pine bark extracts.
- Coleus forskolii: One of the best herbs to relax tight chest muscles and open up air passages is coleus forskolii. Taking 50 milligrams of an extract which is standardized to contain 18% forskolin is recommended by top herbalists and naturopaths.
- Mullein: One of the most common herbs which I recommend to people who have a diagnosis of asthma is mullein. It is available in many forms. If you choose to make an infusion, follow the instructions which are provided above for nettle. It is rather biter, so you may prefer an extract or capsules. Mullein is a very gentle relaxant. It may soothe your entire body. Mullein reduces inflammation because it possesses astringent qualities. The herb moistens and comforts irritated respiratory tissues. It may make expectoration of mucus easier.
Herbal Remedies for Asthma Are Safe and Effective
These are just a few of the many herbal remedies for asthma which are available. In addition to relieving asthma symptoms, the herbs are likely to help you achieve a higher level of wellness throughout your body.