Treat Wheezing with These Natural Remedies

· April 24, 2017
There are different remedies to alleviate wheezing that won't excessively interfere with our everyday life. Thanks to the properties of these natural remedies, you can help say goodbye to bothersome wheezing. 

Have you ever suffered from wheezing?

Chest wheezing tends to be accompanied by panting. If not treated in time, you can have trouble breathing. In this article, we will talk about ways to reduce wheezing.

What is wheezing?

child wheezing and having difficulty breathing

When you experience wheezing, you’ll hear sounds and whistling when breathing as the air that passes from the nose and mouth into the lungs. Wheezing is considered an illness like asthma and bronchitis. Also, its origin is in the bronchial tubes.

If a person is not taking in a sufficient amount of air, the first sign they will notice is a lack of air or feeling of asphyxiation. Some people feel dizzy and lethargic due to the lack of oxygen in the body and in the brain.

The other symptoms that accompany this condition are:

  • Coughing at night
  • A runny nose
  • Chest pain
  • Chills
  • Fever

The main cause of wheezing in the chest is asthma. This illness provokes the immune system to react in an unusual way when dealing with certain substances or allergens.

The airways become inflamed, and air cannot easily pass through. Smoking, viral infections, and bronchitis are also other triggers for this condition.

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Home remedies for wheezing

Thanks to natural recipes we can reduce symptoms and treat wheezing. We recommend the following homemade remedies:

1. Sage

Sage is a medicinal plant that is used to treat various respiratory conditions that give immediate relief.  Thanks to its expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is also a decongestant.

To take the best advantage of sage, we can make ourselves a sage vapor, for example.

Ingredients

  • 5  tablespoons of white sage leaves
  • Water (as much as necessary)

Preparation

  • Firstly, put the white sage in a pan and heat it until it boils.
  • Then, when it comes to a boil, bring your face close to the vapor and cover your head with a towel. Breathe in the vapors for 15 minutes. Most importantly, be careful not to burn yourself.

It should be noted that you can do the same thing with eucalyptus leaves.

2. Garlic

garlic

Garlic is helpful in the treatment of many illnesses. In the case of wheezing, we can take advantage of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

  • Besides being an antioxidant, garlic is effective in treating viral infections.
  • It also serves to clear congestion from the lungs and treat viral infections.
  • Finally, don’t hesitate to eat fresh cloves of garlic in salads (or even by themselves if you feel like it). You can even prepare soups or infusions that contain garlic. This will not only help stop wheezing, but you’ll obtain all of the other wonderful properties.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric powder in jar and roots

Turmeric is one of the most popular spices in India. Besides being used in typical dishes (to bring color and characteristic aroma), it also can be used as a natural medicine to treat asthma and wheezing.

Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory that is used in Ayurveda to treat all types of respiratory problems. You can prepare this mixture to help with wheezing:

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of water

Preparation

  • Place the turmeric and water into a bowl.
  • Then, mix to form a paste.
  • Apply to the chest as a poultice.
  • Lastly, lace a warm cloth on the chest and let it sit for 10 minutes.

4. Ginger

Single piece of ginger

  • Ginger is a perfect anti-inflammatory to treat cases of wheezing (among other respiratory conditions).
  • One of its components, gingerol, has the capacity to relax the muscles and will help you avoid gasping for air or the having the feeling of a “closed chest.”
  • We recommend that you grate a bit of ginger in your salads, soups, or infusions to enjoy its benefits.
  • However, don’t use too much, since its flavor can be somewhat overpowering, like its aroma.

5. Mustard seeds

Mustard seeds are another homemade remedy effective for treating wheezing. They are decongestants that improve the respiratory condition and reduce the effects of asthma. They are used in a similar way that turmeric is used.

Try preparing this:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon water

Preparation

  • Put the mustard seeds in a mortar and pestle with the water.
  • Then, mash them until they form a paste.
  • Apply to the chest
  • Next, cover with a warm cloth ( as hot as possible)
  • Let sit for 15 minutes

You can also use the essential oil of mustard that is sold in whole food stores. It is recommended that you heat the paste a bit before applying to the chest in circular movements.

6. Figs

figs to help wheezing

Figs are not only nutritious, but tasty as well. They improve respiratory health by eliminating phlegm and mucous and reduce breathing difficulties.

Eating them periodically is essential for people with asthma or wheezing. Experts recommend that those who suffer from these conditions should eat them three times a week on an empty stomach.

7. Onions

  • This vegetable has similar effects as garlic and is an excellent remedy to treat respiratory problems.
  • Onions are an expectorant and decongestant. They are also a natural antibiotic and act to strengthen defenses.
  • You can eat them raw in salads or can cut them in half and inhale their aroma.

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8. Honey

honey

Honey is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial remedy. It has many other medicinal properties as well. Among these include the ability to fight against bacteria that cause coughs and it also reduces wheezing.

It also strengthens the immune system and helps with the elimination of phlegm.

You can add honey to your diet in these ways:

  • One teaspoon of honey to sweeten infusions is sufficient to enjoy all of the goodness of honey.
  • If you would like, you can take one small tablespoon full on an empty stomach and before bedtime.

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