Asthma is a condition that causes breathing to become very labored, which can limit activities or even lead to medical emergencies. While the steroidal or non-steroidal puffer (or inhaler) are usually the first lines of defense to open up constricted airways, they’re not the only solution.
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If the asthma attack doesn’t require a trip to the hospital, then there are some natural remedies that can be applied. Many of these treatments are more geared towards helping to prevent a flare-up before it happens rather than stopping one, but remember you shouldn’t ditch the prescribed inhaler or avoid medical help if you really need it. Here are six suggestions…
1. Mustard Oil
HomeRemedyShop.com says that this derivative of mustard seed can be an ally in the fight against asthma. It suggests mixing in some camphor (distilled bark from a camphor tree or chemically manufactured, it doesn’t specify which) and massage it over your entire chest to relieve asthma symptoms.
Apparently, the temperature of the mustard oil mixture also makes a difference. “Make sure that you warm the oil before massaging with it so that your chest feels the warmth and gets relieved quickly,” adds the source.