Experimenting with Home Remedies for Asthma

Asthma is a scary thing when you're in the thick of it, and I've recently discovered as a young adult that doctors really don't know how to fix everything, and often times I walk out of their office feeling just as helpless and sick as before. I recently had a really horrible asthma episode, and decided it was time to take some action myself. When medications just don't seem to be working, sometimes you have to figure it out yourself. 

I went online and found this site with natural asthma remedies and set out to test the appealing ones myself. I had also recently had a session with Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner Cyndi Koonse, who enlightened me to the benefits of mullein, a plant that grows prolifically around here in Missouri.  So, I decided to combine the both the site and Cyndi's wisdom into my own asthma fighting routine. 


N A T U R A L   R E M E D I E S

Mullein / Used to help with many respiratory ailments, including asthma. Anti-inflammatory, can help soften skin. Traditionally used by Native Americans. Can be made into tea, smoked, or extracted as a topical. Inhaling its vapor is also beneficial. 

Ginger / Can help reduce airway inflammation and inhibit airway contraction. Can be made into tea or eaten with water and salt; mix 1 tsp. ground ginger with 1.5 c. water and drink 1 tbsp. of mixture before bed. Inhaling its vapor is also beneficial. 

Camphor Oil / Can help clear the respiratory passages. Rub into chest and back. Technically, the website said to mix this with mustard oil, but I couldn't find any so I use it on its own. I'm sure it would be better with the mustard oil. EDIT 4/4/17: I recently spoke with an aromatherapist who advised I not apply camphor oil directly to the chest because it can cause toxicity in the lungs. She suggested using Frankincense instead, and mixing it with another oil like coconut or jojoba before applying it to the skin. I've been putting a drop on a tissue to inhale. I will be doing another post about Frankincense for asthma on Hempsley soon. 

Eucalyptus Oil / Decongestant that can help break up mucus. Can be breathed. Put a little on a paper towel next to your head at night, or in a pot of steaming water and breathe in the vapors. 


M U L L E I N  +  G I N G E R   T E A

Simply add chopped or ground ginger (I ground mine with an old coffee bean grinder) and either dried or fresh mullein leaves to a pot of water. Two mullein leaves and about 1/2 tbsp. of ginger for 4 cups water is a good ratio, but you can make it to taste. Bring to a low boil for 8-12 minutes. While it is steeping, you can lean over the pot and place a towel over your head, breathing in the aroma for 2-5 minutes. It gets too hot for me to do it long, but it definitely helps to strengthen my lungs. Strain the mixture and serve hot or cold. You can mix in things such as lemon, honey, or pomegranate juice to give it even more flavor. 

Mullein Plant - you can harvest it yourself! Just remember to show it gratitude and love.

After boiling for about 10 minutes, use a mesh strainer to filter out the mullein and ginger.