07 Sep Conscious Methods: Relieve Your Asthma and Hayfever Naturally – Part 1
Asthma – a disease of the airways in the lungs – is common in Australia. If you get 10 of your friends together, statistically speaking, one of you is suffering from this disease. That’s 3 in every standard classroom, 8 on every city bus and 500,000 in Queensland.
Hayfever – an allergy that irritates the nasal passages and eyes – sits alongside asthma as impacting the lives of many across our country. It has become a condition that many feel they must simply ‘put up with’.
Well, we have news for you. In our two parts series, we share with you simple things you can do to alleviate your experiences with asthma and hayfever in a natural way.
If you’re looking for a safe, organic and non-invasive way to ease those symptoms, this blog series is for you.
Asthma may affect you differently
As with our world and its people, asthma displays uniqueness. It can affect people differently, to more or lesser degrees, and can manifest as a range of symptoms.
Asthma affects the small airways in the lungs called bronchioles. When suffering from asthma, a person’s airways become narrow. The muscles of the bronchioles squeeze and become tight. The tissue becomes inflamed and produces mucus.
Asthmatics can experience shortness of breath and a tight chest. They are prone to coughing and wheezing, especially when faced with their triggers.
These symptoms can be triggered by a variety of things. From smoke and cold temperatures to exercise and particular foods. Sufferers may be affected by only one of these, others can be affected by a whole range of triggers.
Say Hello to Hayfever
As Perth moves into the Spring season, we find ourselves in high time of the year for breathing related issues. It is this changeover period and the duration of Spring that problems with allergies and hayfever rapidly increase due to irritating particles existing in the air we breathe.
Hayfever can be hereditary and also caused by repeated exposure to irritants over a period of time. Asthmatic or not, it is now the perfect time of year to care for your airways. The right self-care will help relieve irritation and reduce the risk of more severe reactions developing in asthmatics.
Ancient methods for relieving asthma
Oils, herbs and formulas
Essential oils are extremely versatile when it comes to supporting your wellbeing. From mental and physical effects, these oils will help combat causes, eliminate symptoms and promote greater health and happiness.
Oils including Eucalyptus, Evening Primrose, Khella and Mustard oil support healthy airways. Not only will they heighten your positive outlook which has a profound effect on improving your health, but they will boost your immune system and assist in soothing aggravated symptoms such as congestion.
Eating makes us feel good, so why not let that natural goodness improve the state of your asthma and hayfever too!
Incorporating these ingredients into a balanced diet with help fuel your body and provide vital vitamins and minerals to fight diseases.
Figs and ginger are stand out stars when it comes to treating asthma. Soak figs overnight before eating them first thing in the morning or even add the residual water into a nutritious drink.
Ginger can be added to many other foods including teas. Pair with health-boosting honey, pomegranate, turmeric, garlic and onions for a powerful meal or beverage.
Coffee can help relieve asthmatic symptoms. The caffeine in coffee helps to clear passages in the nasal cavity and promote easier breathing. If coffee is not your thing, try black tea but don’t overdo it. Keep your cups to less than 3 a day.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in nutritious oily foods including some types of fish, avocados, nuts and seeds decreased inflammation in the body. Less inflammation allows the airways in the lungs, nose and throat to relax and feel less irritated.
Stay tuned; in part 2 of our blog series on asthma and hayfever treatment we look into the activities and lifestyle changes that promote greater health and easier breathing.