6 Natural Asthma Relief Options (That Don’t Require An Inhaler)
If you are one of the millions of Americans who deal with asthma, I’m sure you are always ready and willing to learn about ways to treat and improve this frustrating – and sometimes terrifying – breathing condition.
Sure, an inhaler is an incredible and effective lifesaver, but most people don’t enjoy being dependent upon it – not to mention, some of the side effects are less than pleasant. And other asthma medications come with their own risks and side effects too.
If you are looking for ways to improve your asthma outside of prescription medications, you actually have quite a few options available to you.
I’m going to share 6 all-natural ways that you can find asthma relief that don’t include your inhaler or other prescription medications.
But First… Always Have Your Inhaler With You
Let’s be very clear right up front… this article is not meant to tell you things to use instead of your inhaler. You must carry it with you all times and use it as the doctors have prescribed. It is emergency treatment that can save your life.
This article is about things you can do on top of using an inhaler to help manage and control your asthma – additional steps you can take to improve your breathing. Also, don’t forget to keep taking your other prescription asthma medications as directed.
Using the asthma relief tips below may support your breathing enough that you can eventually wean off your asthma medications. But do not try this on your own. Do it under the supervision and direction of your doctor.
6 Natural Asthma Relief Options
Below you will find 6 different ways of treating asthma other than an inhaler.
Think of each of these as more long-term solutions that will help you get better over the course of your life. That doesn’t mean you won’t start seeing results soon… it just means to treat these treatments like a marathon, not a sprint.
1. Start All-Natural Supplements
Nature provides us with her very own medicine cabinet. There are many different herbs, vitamins, and minerals that can support asthmatics to help them lessen their symptoms. Here are some top options that deal with allergies (a big trigger for most asthmatics) and asthma itself:
- Quercetin: This antioxidant can block allergens, making it a great help for those with allergic asthma
- Boswellia Extract: Another name for boswellia is Indian Frankincense, and it has been used traditionally to lower inflammation and treat allergies
- Nettle Extract: This herb can inhibit inflammation and provide symptom relief
- Coleus Forskohlii Extract: This plant actually acts a lot like an antihistamine
- N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine: This amino acid compound has been used for many bronchial conditions like bronchitis, COPD, and, of course, asthma
- Butterbur Extract: This plant also acts like an antihistamine
- Vitamin D: Most people are actually deficient in vitamin D, and that’s a problem for asthmatics since vitamin D plays an important role in limiting inflammation
These are conveniently combined in Breathe Sinus and Lungs Respiratory Relief from Eu Natural, which you can take twice daily to help keep your pathways happy and clear.
Here are some other supplements you should consider:
- Magnesium is also important for calming muscles spasms in your airways (P.S. many people are deficient in magnesium, so give it a try!)
- Omega-3 oils can also re-balance the inflammation in your airways
- Both vitamin C and B vitamins play an important role in supporting your lungs and airways
2. Take Advantage of Chiropractic Care
When you think of going to the chiropractor, you probably think of relieving your back pain or improving overall body alignment, but many people also find asthma relief by getting spinal adjustments.
The idea is that when your spine is misaligned, the nerves also follow suit. And when the nerves are working properly, so do all of your organs – like your lungs.
Even modern scientific studies are pointing in the direction of chiropractic care improving asthma symptoms. None of the studies show that chiropractic care will get rid of asthma or can be used in place of other asthma treatments – but it is pretty agreed upon that it does offer real symptom improvements.
3. Get Moving
Getting regular exercise is such an important step in treating your asthma. And studies show it to be true.
In one study, the asthmatic patients participated in a 12-week exercise program that was supervised by the researchers/doctors. Then they participated in 12 more weeks over exercise that was not supervised. Of course, there was also a control group who didn’t exercise at all during this time.
In the end, they compared each participant’s Asthma Control Questionnaire – one from before the study and one from after the study. They found “a significant treatment effect…compared with the control group.” They noticed improvements in both the control of asthma as well as quality of life.
There are some specific types of exercise that are considered great for asthmatics:
- Swimming: The warm, wet air is easier on your lungs
- Walking: Easy cardio won’t typically cause asthma symptoms like heavy cardio; leisurely biking falls into this category too
- Yoga: Not only do you get a great workout, you learn breath control techniques that can be applied to your daily life
- Some sports: Sports where there are not long bursts of running – like baseball or golf – are fabulous for people with asthma
Now it is important to consult with a doctor so you don’t over do it. Just simply asking how much exercise is effective
Keep Reading: Is Exercising Giving You Asthma Attacks?
For many people, exercise can actually bring on asthma. This is called EIB. If you have this problem, don’t stop exercising altogether. It is so important for your body – and, ironically, your EIB! Just talk to your doctor about some extra solutions to make it possible for you.
4. Diffuse Essential Oils
Essential oils will never take the place of an inhaler, but they can absolutely lessen the severity of your asthma symptoms or even help prevent them. Some of the best essential oils for asthma are:
- Tea tree
Where do you get most of your asthma attacks or asthma symptoms? Diffuse the oils there. If it happens on the go, invest in a wearable diffuser. These often come in the form of necklaces and bracelets. There are also plenty of car diffusers to take you to and from work.
5. Minimize Indoor Allergens
Some people have non-allergic asthma, and for them, these tips won’t be as effective. Many people, however, do have allergic asthma, which means the same irritants that cause a stuffy/runny nose can cause shortness of breath too.
If this applies to you – you’re basically out of luck when it comes to the outside world that’s filled with pollen, dust, grass, etc. But your home is your safe spot. There are many steps you can take to minimize indoor allergens and pollutants.
- Switch to all-natural beauty/bathroom products: Get rid of aerosols and harsh chemicals and replace them with natural ingredients like jojoba oil or witch hazel. If you want to buy pre-made beauty products, don’t just trust an “all-natural” label, research each ingredient first.
- Switch to all-natural cleaning products: Cleaning products are some of the worst allergy offenders. Switching to ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils can be really helpful. Don’t forget to use unscented laundry detergent as well.
- Clean frequently: Vacuuming, sweeping, cleaning the sheets and other linens, and dusting should all be done regularly. Some even do a quick once-over each day. Don’t allow dust and grime to pile up.
- Dehumidify humid areas: If you are in a dry area, skip this one. But if your city deals with lots of humidity, invest in a dehumidifier to prevent mold growth.
- Regularly exterminate pests: Dead pests – particularly cockroaches – commonly lead to allergy and asthma attacks. Find a pest control company that uses safe, hypoallergenic ingredients in their bug spray.
- Purify the air: My two favorite ways to purify my home’s air is through an ionizing air purifier and air-purifying plants.
6. Find Your Zen
Stress is one of the most common triggers of asthma. It can bring on asthma symptoms, and it can certainly aggravate any symptoms you already have.
The problem is the vicious cycle: asthma is upsetting, so it makes you stressed… stress makes your asthma worse… and both keep building on one another. Then many asthma medications can even increase anxiety too.
Your goal must be to find other ways to relax and destress consistently. Here are some of my top tips:
- Visit a Therapist: In the same way you visit your doctor to get help for your asthma, you should visit a therapist to get help for your stress. Talking to somebody and learning new solutions can be a life changer.
- Budget for regular massages: Monthly or bi-monthly massage appointments can help keep your stress levels down more regularly.
- Avoid stress: Look for ways to remove stress from your life. If the drive home stresses you out, download some new interesting podcasts. If a friend sucks all your energy, say no to your lunch appointment. Delegate some tasks at work to ease the burden. Create a budget to get control of your money.
- Learn to meditate: Often people shy away from meditation because it seems too difficult. It’s actually really simple. Start by setting a timer for 5 minutes. Close your eyes and follow each breath as it goes in and out. If you are having asthma symptoms and your breath brings you stress, think of a mantra instead like “I am supported and calm.” Or follow a guided meditation like this 15-minute video on mindfulness:
- Learn Relaxation Techniques: Click here to read about my 9 favorite relaxation techniques
In the midst of an asthma attack, go back to your meditation and/or relaxation techniques to make sure stress is not exacerbating the symptoms.
Dealing With Asthma In New Ways
Hopefully one or two of these asthma treatment alternatives are new to you and a way for you to better control your asthma symptoms, so you don’t feel so dependent upon prescription medications and inhalers.
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