Asthma is a disease involving the airways in the lungs. It is caused by the body’s natural response to a substance that irritates your bronchial tubes which leads to swelling and inflammation causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, etc.
Winter is an especially hard time for people with asthma because the cold air is dry, and when it is inhaled, not only does it cause your lungs to become irritated and swollen, but it also causes the lungs to secrete more mucus which restricts airflow and makes it difficult to breathe.
Some of the best ways to avoid asthma during the winters are-
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask that acts as a filter to block the cold air from entering your lungs.
- Keep yourself hydrated, have warm liquids which will help thin out the excess mucus.
- Carry an inhaler with you in case you have an asthma attack.
- Warm steam baths have often help in nasal congestion and airway irritation.
- Garlic- have 1-2 crushed garlic cloves empty stomach because of its anti-inflammatory properties it helps to minimize the symptoms.
- Ginger and turmeric- Boil half teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in a glass of milk and add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder to it.
- Cinnamon and honey- Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon into a cup of boiling water. Let it rest for 10 minutes and add 1 teaspoon of honey before drinking.
- Cumin seeds- Boil cumin seeds in water and inhale the steam. It helps dilate the bronchial passage.
- TRIKATU- Trikatu is a combination of black pepper, ginger, and long pepper. It acts as an expectorant and decongestant, clearing your lungs and air passages.
- TURMERIC FORMULA- Curcumin present in turmeric helps in reducing airway obstruction.
- PIPPALI- Long pepper has decongestant, bronchodilator and expectorant effects.
- KUTKI- Picrorhiza kurroa has muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting effects.
- MULETHI-Liquorice or mulethi helps in asthma due to its expectorant and bronchodilator properties.