Monsoons bring a slew of bacterial and viral infections that can put at risk those who have asthma. The rains increase vegetation, and that leads to more pollen in the air, a primary cause of asthma attacks. Untreated cold and flu infections also increase the dangers for those who have asthma. We offer you a few monsoon asthma home remedies to fight off infections this season!
- Have warm drinks. Tea with honey is a good option and so are soups. If you like spice teas, they are the best for this season.
- Boil water with cumin seeds and inhale this steam. This leads to dilation of the bronchial passage.
- Clear out the filters in the air conditioner regularly. If possible, get it serviced before the monsoons begin.
- Keep your indoor plants outside for the rainy season. Also, keep the foot mats outside the doors and not inside the house.
- Remove carpets during the monsoons. If you cannot do that, vacuum them at least twice a week. Also, wear a mask while cleaning.
- Change the sheets often during the season. Wash the pillows and covers once a week in hot water.
- Avoid homes that have pets. If you have a cat or a dog, restrict its movement to one part of the house as animal dander (pet hair) doesn’t get eradicated even after vacuuming. It is also a leading cause of asthma-related allergies.
- Make a mix of the powdered ginger root, long pepper and black pepper (all in equal quantity) and have half teaspoon with a half teaspoon of honey in warm water to fight off infections.
- Mix five gms of ginger, cardamom, clove, turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon with thirty grams of sugar. Have a teaspoon of this powder with honey twice a day.
- Eucalyptus oil is a proven decongestant as it helps to break down mucus in the airways. Dab a few drops on the pillow and sleep.
- Make a juice of ginger and pomegranate and have with honey.
- Hot coffee and black tea help in dilation of the bronchial muscles. Limit to no more than three cups a day.
- In a cup of water, soak three figs. Have them the next morning on an empty stomach. Drink the water as well. Figs improve respiratory health, reduce phlegm and ease the airways.
- Omega 3 fatty acids are very beneficial in asthma. You could have them in the form of pills or eat a handful of walnuts daily.
- Heat mustard oil with camphor to a tolerable temperature. Apply over the chest in light strokes. This is supposed to provide immediate relief.
Many breathing techniques help one deal with asthma better. Diaphragmatic breathing, the Buteyko method, and the pursed lip techniques are some of them. Learn these from your doctor to avoid complications with monsoon asthma home remedies.