Asthma is a chronic and complex disease of the airways to the lungs. This inflammatory condition is known to affect your breathing and physical activities. According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 235 million people are currently living with asthma. It also revealed that ‘more than 80 per cent of asthma-related deaths occur in low-and lower-middle-income countries.’ Also Read - Bhojpuri Bomb And Nazar Fame Monalisa Joins Hands With 'Breathe Free World' Campaign Raising Awareness About Asthma And Inhalers
Characterised by symptoms including coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing, etc., asthma can be caused by an array of factors. Some of them include genetics, hygiene hypothesis, having a history of viral infections, and exposure to allergens. Also Read - Beware! Flavoured E-cigarettes Can Worsen Severity of Asthma
Recently, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has revealed, “Young children who grow up in households where their parents frequently use cleaning products are more likely to develop asthma by the age of three years old.” Also Read - How Ayurveda Can Help Those With Asthma
In case, you or any of your relative is already suffering from asthma, these home remedies can help:
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is considered as one of the most effective remedies for asthma. It contains a chemical called eucalyptol. This is what helps in breaking down mucus and providing relief from congestion and blocked nose. To use eucalyptus essential oil, you basically need to put its few drops in a towel and keep it close to you while sleeping. Its aroma can prevent asthma attacks.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known to have expectorant and decongestant properties. Also, it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is what helps in reducing the inflammation in the airways and eliminating excess mucus. Additionally, the use of tea tree oil can help you get relief from wheezing and coughing. To use it, you need to first put a face cloth in warm water and wring out the excess water. Then you can pour the oil on it and inhale the vapour.