12 Effective Herbs to Fight Asthma Attacks (#5 is So Strange)

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4. Turmeric

This spice has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years to relieve asthma and other breathing problems. Turmeric has antibacterial, astringent, antiseptic and carminative compounds that can be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses ranging from colds, flu, bronchitis, allergies and asthma. Talk to your doctor about how much turmeric you should consume for your particular condition.


5. Mustard Oil

This might seem strange, but if you are having an asthma attack, massaging some mustard oil on your chest can help clear up the respiratory passages and restore normal breathing within a minute or two. You can add a touch of camphor to your mustard oil or use it plain. Heat a couple of tablespoons in the microwave and then gently rub the oil into the chest, upper back, and neck. Repeat as often as necessary. Remember to get mustard oil, not the prepared mustard that you buy at your local supermarket. If it comes in a little yellow squeeze bottle, you know you have the wrong one.


6. Hyssop

Research has shown that hyssop has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that work well on lung tissue, making hyssop a good treatment for asthma. This plant also has antibacterial, antispasmodic and antiseptic compounds, which can help relieve some the symptoms of asthma. Hyssop is beneficial for other respiratory problems such as pleurisy, excessive phlegm, bronchitis and other lung disorders. Only use hyssop for short periods of time and take a break in between usage as it is possible to overdose on this herb. Consult your herbologist or naturopath for proper usage.

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