However, when medications are not on hand or prescribed, there are other ways for adults to relieve your minor asthma symptoms.
1. Have a Hot Cup of Freshly Brewed Black Coffee
Due to the caffeine content in freshly brewed black coffee, you can find relief from your asthma symptoms after drinking a cup or two. Caffeine acts like theophylline, which is a common chemical in asthma medications, opening up the airways so you can breathe more easily. However, the coffee has to be black without cream or sugar to work successfully. (If you have additional conditions that preclude you from drinking caffeine, there are other options, too!)
2. Eat or Breathe in Some Raw Organic (Farm-Fresh if Possible) Honey
Most often, an asthma attack begins with wheezing. As soon as you begin to feel the wheezing, grab some raw, organic honey. Hold it under your nose and breathe in the vapors. Honey contains natural alcohol and ethereal oils that help reduce asthma symptoms naturally. You can add honey to your tea or take a spoonful of it before bedtime to help relieve chest congestion and soothe coughing, enabling you to get plenty of rest.
3. Chomp on Some Raw Garlic or Onion
Onion and garlic contain sulfur compounds that help relieve wheezing and coughing naturally. They are also rich in antioxidants that reduce airway inflammation, preventing wheezing and coughing from occurring.
In order to receive the relief these super foods provide, you must eat them raw. Eat just one clove of garlic or a slice of raw onion.
4. Savor a Steamy Cup of Honey Lemon Ginger Root Tea
Lemons contain vitamin C, which is essential for supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation of the respiratory tract. Honey helps soothe coughing and wheezing, and ginger contains medicinal properties that help break up the thick mucus in your lungs that causes your congestion.
When you combine all three ingredients to create a hot cup of tea, it produces a perfect remedy for calming asthma symptoms naturally. What’s the recipe for relief? Combine a cup of boiling water, a tablespoon of raw, organic honey, a few tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and an organic ginger root tea bag.
5. Take a Hot Eucalyptus Mint Bath
When you experience coughing and wheezing, take a hot, steamy bath. Add ten drops of eucalyptus oil and ten drops of peppermint oil to help you breathe more easily. These essential oils contain medicinal properties that help open up your airways by breaking up the congestion in the lungs and nasal passages. The bath also calms you down which is essential for minimizing your asthma symptoms.
6. Grab an Organic Dark Chocolate Candy Bar
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and a chemical known as theobromine. This substance is used in several asthma medications and over-the-counter cough syrups that relieve congestion. The Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada conducted a study that showed that theobromine can open up the bronchi slightly.
While snacking on an organic dark chocolate candy bar is not a cure, it may calm the bronchial tubes1, and it tastes good too.
Remember, if your symptoms are severe or worsening during an attack, IMMEDIATELY contact your doctor or call for emergency help! And, of course, if you are allergic to any of the foods or beverages listed, please refrain from consuming them.
1 “The Truth About Asthma, Chocolate and Your Kids,” 23 July 2013, Living With Asthma, http://www.livingwithasthma.net/truth-asthma-chocolate-kids/.