I am studying in an Herbal Studies Certificate Program at Clayton College of Natural Health (http://www.ccnh.edu/) and I want to share some information I have found for alternative treatments which may help with asthma. I am not passing this information on as medical advice, since I am not a doctor but as education about asthma and possible ways you can manage it.
For those of you who have been dealing with asthma, you can teach us all some things, and I share these things in love and with the hope that they can help your quality of life and to breathe better. Always consult your doctor and this is not a substitute for that. Also, don’t use any of these ingredients if you are allergic to them, because that won’t help either.
No me pongan en lios, but I hope this information helps! You can get some of these herbs at botanicas, but I would recommend that you try to get herbs that are organic, otherwise you are just breathing in or taking in the pesticides or herbicides, y eso no tiene sentido/it defeats the purpose, no?
The best way to get rid of asthma is to educate and organize so we have cleaner neighborhoods and industry doesn’t dump its shit into our air, no? But as we are doing that work, try these out to see if they help out.
These are from Todd, Jude C. 2004. Herbal Home Remedies Natural Health, Beauty & Home Care Secrets. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications. This information is taken from pages 111 to 116 and it is all taken verbatum even if it does not have the quotes around it (I put the info I know in bold and in parenthesis) –
Asthma – “The wheezing is caused by a spasm of the bronchial tubes or swelling of the mucous membranes. Recurrence and severity of attacks has many different causes. Mental or physical fatigue; exposure to fumes or chemicals; inhaled allergens; foods; infections of the upper or lower respiratory tracks; and emotional situations can bring on attacks that can last from several hours to several days. Try several of these home remedies to help control asthma attacks.”
Aids Breathing at Bedtime – Take 1 tablespoon of sunflower or corn oil before retiring for the night. Helps you breathe easier during the night.
Asthma Tincture – Place 4 tablespoons of lobelia leaves, 4 tablespoons of lobelia seed (crushed) in 4 cups of raspberry vinegar. Let sit for 2 weeks. Strain and take by the tablespoon during asthma attacks. If needed, take every 10 minutes until relief is obtained. Caution: Overdoses of lobelia can cause low blood pressure, respiratory depression, and even coma, followed by death. To make raspberry vinegar, mash 8 cups of fresh or canned raspberries and add to 8 cups of cider vinegar. Let it sit two days. Strain. For every 4 cups of liquid add 1 1/4 cups of sugar. Bring to a boil, removing the scum as it comes to the top. You can add this to other cough syrups or teas if desired.
Treatment with Aloe Vera – boil some of the aloe vera leaves in a pan of water and inhale the vapors. Put a towel over the head and pan to get the full effects of the vapors.
Treatment with Coltsfoot – Add 1 tablespoon each of coltsfoot, mullein, thyme, and lobelia to 2 cups of water. Simmer at least half an hour, covered. Strain and add 2 cups of honey. Take by the tablespoon until relief is obtained. Flavoring, such as oil of peppermint, may be added if desired.
Treatment with Cranberry Juice – Cranberry juice is very good for treating asthma attacks, as it contains an ingredient that dilates the bronchial tubes (the author does not recommend using store bought cranberry juice because it has too much sugar and reduces the effectiveness of this treatment, but if that is what u have, that is what u have and it still works). Cook and mash cranberries. Place in a tightly closed glass container and refrigerate. When needed during an attack, add 3 teaspoons of the mashed cranberries to a cup of hot water. Sip while the water is hot.
Treatment with Herbal Smoke – this is/was used as a smoking tobacco for asthma by Native Americans: mix 1 cup each of rosemary, coltsfood leaves, eyebright, thyme, and lavendar. Crush and mix well. Roll into cigarettes or place mixture in a pipe for smoking.
Treatment with Honeysuckle Tea – put 1 tablespoon of the grated root of honeysuckle in 1 cup of water. Boil gently for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink daily.
Treatment with Horseradish – add several tablespoons of freshly grated horseradish to 1 cup of milk. Simmer for 10 minutes and strain. Drink as necessary to obtain relief.
Treatment with Irish Moss – mix 1 tablespoon each of boneset, Irish moss, coltsfoot, mullein, thyme, rosemary, valerian, and lobelia. Add 1 teaspoon of the herbal mixture to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain. Peppermint or cherry oil may be added for the flavoring if desired. Drink 4 cups daily to obtain relief.
Treatment with Mullein Root – clean the root of mullein very carefully. Add 1 cup of the chopped root to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Strain well and add 1 cup of honey. Give 2 tablespoons as needed. This is also good to use during colds, as it helps to remove phlegm.
Treatment with Onions – make fresh daily. Cut an onion into very thin slices and place in a bowl. Cover the onion slices with honey and let sit overnight. The next day, scrape the honey from the onion slices and take 1 teaspoon 3-4 times daily.
Treatment with Rosemary Smoke – this is said to relieve breathing difficulties. Place dried crushed rosemary in a pipe and smoke for relief.
Cherry Treatment – add a handful of cherry stems to 1 pint of boiling water. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain. Add 1 pint of honey and shake well. Take 1 tablespoon as needed for coughing.
Coffee for Nervous Asthma – helpful in some forms of asthma. Make the coffee double strength and drink when experiencing difficulties.
Fennel Tea – bruise 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds and pour 1 cup of boiling water over the seeds. Allow to steep for 15 minutes covered. Stain and sweeten. If sweetened with sugar, it will also aid indigestion.
Pansy Treatment – pansy (the flower, not the person, don’t play!) is also called heartease. Tea can be made from the flowers and leaves to treat chronic asthma and to strengthen the heart. I has even been used to treat epilepsy as it is an anti-convulsive. Add the chopped leaves and flowers to 1 cup boiling water and steep, covered, for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink several cups daily.
Potato Treatment – boil several potatoes. Place in a basin and cover the head and basin with a towel to get the most from the steam.
Smokers Cough Relief with Honey – pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon anise seed. Let steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink hot.
Thyme Treatment – bring to boil 2 cups of water to which you have added 1 tablespoon of thyme. Pour into a basin and cover head and basin with a towel to inhale the steam.