By Austin Sheeley
Looking to ease your asthma symptoms? Here are some of the top asthma home remedies you can use along with prescription medication.
1. Hot Coffee
Did you know coffee was the main anti-asthmatic drug of the nineteenth century? Did you know coffee drinkers have one-third fewer asthma symptoms than everyone else? Turns out caffeine has a bronchodilating effect. Or, in English, caffeine helps open up your airways so you can breathe better. Just FYI, this isn’t a recommended treatment for children.
2. Keep Out Dust
Dust mites are one of the biggest asthma triggers. Everything from using airtight mattress covers to regular cleaning can go a long way in keeping your asthma symptoms under control. One strategy you may not have heard of is putting cheesecloth over your air ducts to keep dust and other allergens from constantly recirculating.
3. Garlic/Ginger Tea
Take four cloves of garlic and boil them in a cup of water for four minutes. Then drink like tea. Or take a palm sized piece of ginger, chop it up, and do the same. Or combine them. Any way you make them, these teas should prevent asthma flare ups and are also said to fight colds.
4. Chili Pepper
Much like coffee, chili peppers and other spicy foods help open up your airways. Capsaicin, the chemical irritant that makes chili peppers spicy, doubles as an anti-inflammatory. Plus, spicy foods stimulate fluid in your mouth, throat, and lungs. This fluid then thins out your mucus so you can cough it up easier.
5. Back Massage
More than 14 individual and group muscles are at work when you inhale and exhale. Many of these lie between your neck and lower back. When they’re too tight, they stop you from taking full deep breathes. So if you ever needed an excuse to get a back massage—there you go.
*These home remedies should not be used in place of your asthma medication, but as a part of your entire care plan.