Emergency home remedy for asthma attack

Emergency home remedy for asthma attack

How to treat asthma attack without the inhaler

Asthma is a chronic illness that affects the lungs, which causes the person shortness of breath,
coughing, wheezing and some chest tightness.  Asthma often happens early in the morning or at night
, and it affects people of all ages.  It is worth to note that there is no 100% cure to
asthma, but the symptoms can be controlled. The  herbs and plants below will relieve asthma
symptoms and help you resume normal, daily  activities.

Symptoms of asthma

Difficult breathing, coughing, wheezing, tight chest. Attacks of multiple symptoms can occur suddenly or gradually Sometimes there is coughing with thick, persistent sputum that may be clear or yellow. There is a feeling of suffocation


Causes of asthma

Asthma is a chronic illness that affects the lungs, which causes the person shortness of breath,
coughing, wheezing and some chest tightness.  Asthma often happens early in the morning or at night,
and it affects people of all ages.  It is worth to note that there is no 100% cure to asthma,
but the symptoms can be controlled. The  herbs and plants below will relieve asthma symptoms
and help you resume normal, daily activities.

But what causes an attack to come on?

Only certain people have asthma, and those that do may have an attack triggered by an allergen or another irritant, such as chemicals, drugs, dust mites, feathers, food additives, pollutants, fumes, mold, animal dander, tobacco smoke, etc. But other things can also do it: anxiety, fear, laughing, stress, low blood sugar, adrenal disorders, temperature changes, extremes of dryness or humidity, or respiratory infections.


There are two types of asthma: intrinsic and extrinsic.

Extrinsic asthma usually begins in childhood, is seasonal, and is usually caused by a definite number of substances which can more easily be identified. Asthma is the leading cause of disease and disability in the 2-17 age group.

Intrinsic asthma is the more severe and generally begins after 30 years of age. Attacks can occur at any time, and the causes are much more difficult to identify.

About half of asthmatics are diagnosed between 2 and 17, another third after 30. The other one-sixth does not fit either the intrinsic or extrinsic category. For example, some may initiate the problem in their 20s and others may, after their 30s, develop reactions to only one or two seasonal allergens.

But asthma can be difficult to diagnose, for its symptoms are similar to those of bronchitis, emphysema, and lung infections.

Over a period of time, the attacks can become more frequent, so it is best for the person with asthma to learn every possible way to lessen the problem. Here are several suggestions:

Home Remedies for asthma attack


  • Hot fomentations to the back of the neck, thorax, and front of the chest are helpful, along with a hot footbath. Keep the head cool by sponging with cool water or use a fan.
  • Pouring cold water on the back of the neck is useful. As the person bends over, the water is poured on the back of the neck from a container holding about a gallon of water.
  • From about 24 inches above the neck, pour it for about 30-90 seconds.
  • Do this 3 times a day during the critical phase.
  • A vaporizer, which blows cold, moist air is helpful during an attack. Menthol or eucalyptus oil may be added to the water.
  • After blending a clove of garlic in a cup of water, drink it. This may be vomited back out, loosening the phlegm. If vomiting, give another cup. The garlic really helps.
  • Some take a cup of hot water, catnip tea, or mullein tea each hour.
  • At the first sign of an asthmatic attack, sit up straight in a chair for the first 10 minutes. Inhale through your nose and exhale through pursed lips. This helps press open the bronchial tubes.
  • Then lie on your stomach, with your head and chest over the edge of the bed.
  • A cough gently for 2-3 minutes, to bring up the sputum.
  • (But, during an attack, some cannot tolerate this position; instead, they lie face down on the bed with 2-3 pillows under their hips and a towel under their face.)
  • A neutral bath (94o-98o) is quieting to the nerves and helps relax them.
  • Lobelia is an herb that, when sipped slowly, relaxes the nerves and tends to stop the spasm. (If one drinks more quickly, it has a different effect, and induces vomiting.)

Mullein oil

  • Mullein oil is a worthwhile remedy for bronchial congestion.
  • The oil stops coughs because it unclogs bronchial tubes.
  • When taken with water or fruit juice, the effect is even more rapid.
  • Other useful herb teas include juniper berries, echinacea, and, of course, that old standby, slippery elm bark.

How to stop an asthma attack naturally


  • Eat a nourishing diet. Include garlic and onions. Eat lightly.
  • Avoid processed and junk food, and do not use nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine. Do not use chocolate, fish, eggs, and other commonly allergenic foods. Avoid foods containing additives.
  • Avoid bananas and melons, especially if you are also sensitive to ragweed.
  • Do not use milk products. You may be allergic to wheat products. Do not eat ice cream or other cold liquids. Cold can shock the bronchial tubes into a spasm.
  • Research has revealed that a fat-free diet can help reduce asthma attacks.
  • Be sure and drink enough water. This vital fluid is greatly needed to keep your lungs and bronchi free of thickened phlegm.
  • Strictly adhere to the above diet.

Learn to play a wind instrument, harmonica, or sing. Practice deep breathing when you are out-of-doors. Have regular physical exercise. Hiking, swimming, etc. are good. You need to build up your lung capacity and utilization. This will strengthen your entire respiratory tract. A person at rest uses only 10% of his lung capacity; hard work increases it to about 50%.

  • Exhale forcefully through a small drinking straw into a large bottle of water.
  • This forces the bronchial tubes to expand somewhat and become larger.
  • Some asthmatics have problems when they breathe too deeply.
  • One way to minimize exercise-induced asthma is to wear a mask that retains heat and moisture and limits the effects of cold, dry air.
  • Spend a few minutes each day practicing standing tall, expanding your chest, and breathing deeply.
  • Devise simple exercises (on the floor, against walls, etc.) which help you do this.
  • Move out to the country where the air is purer.
  • Practice breathing through your nose rather than your mouth.
  • Go on a juice fast, 3 days each month, of distilled water and lemon juice, to help clean out the body of toxins and mucous.
  •  Avoid worry and fear.

Get a good vacuum cleaner and get rid of the dust and dust mites in your bed, cushions, rugs, and floor. Avoid goose feathers (pillows and down coats). Dead cockroaches are also known to produce a dust which can bring on an attack. Houseplants may contain mold spores. Keep the bathroom clean of mold, also under the sinks.

  • Eliminate things from the house which harbor dust: carpets, Venetian blinds, draperies, etc. Washable cotton curtains are all right. Avoid the use of electric fans; they stir up dust.
  • Practice “sleep breathing.” This is done by breathing slower and deeper than normal, with a three-second pause at the top of the inspiration and at the end of the expiration.


Thyme has been used for both culinary and medical purposes for a very long time. Thyme contains
essential anti-septic oils, eases the breathing by un-restricting the air flow, and can relax
the tracheal muscles. For asthma, lig of dried leaves and flowers are brewed for about 10 minutes to
make tea.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Leaves have immunomodulating properties that reduce the inflammation of the air passages
and make breathing easy for asthma patients. The leaves are boiled in water and the steam
is inhaled. This is done by draping a cloth or towel over the head so that maximum steam can be inhaled.

Honey Suckle

Honey Suckle tea is also used as a remedy for asthma. It has anti-spasmodic effects and can treat asthma and other respiratory diseases. 1 tbsp. of grated honeysuckle, roots are boiled for 10 minutes to make tea.


Onions are also used to effectively treat asthma. Thinly cut onion slices are covered with honey and left for about half a day. The onions are then removed from the honey and a tbsp. of honey is taken 2-4 times per day.

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