Asthma is the leading cause of illness in children and affects more than one out of ten children in the United States. It can start at any age but most children experience their first symptoms by 5. Each child reacts in a different way depending upon the factors that trigger asthma such as low birth weight, changes in weather, indoor and outdoor air pollutants, infections such as common cold or flu, family history, presence of allergies, exposure to tobacco.
An estimated 400000 to one million children suffering from asthma have worsened their condition by exposure to secondhand smoke. Children have small airways than adults, which makes asthma very serious for them.
Symptoms of asthma in children include frequent headaches, tiredness, less energy level during playtime, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, frequent coughing spells, wheezing while breathing in and out, rapid breathing or chest tightness. Below given are few helpful herbs, which will help to treat asthma in your children.
5 Herbal Remedies For Asthma In Children
Lobelia also called ‘puke weed’ is an excellent anti-spasmodic herb helping to treat asthma in your children. This herb has been useful from ages to treat respiratory conditions such as whooping cough, bronchitis and asthma.
Lobeline, is an active ingredient in lobelia herb helping to stimulate respiration and greatly relaxes one’s bronchial passages during an asthma attack. Lobelia extract is available in capsules, tinctures, tea bags and is wise to start a small dose and increase until you obtain the desired results.
Horehound also known as ‘Marrubium vulgaris’ is a perennial herb belonging from the mint family and known for its curative properties it is widely used in treatment of respiratory and bronchial illness such as coughs, common cold, hoarseness, flu, sore throat and asthma in children.
Horehound has been useful for generations as cure for child asthma symptoms and is often prepared as syrup, tea or in form of lozenges. Prepare a tea by steeping 1 ounce of dried horehound leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the leaves and add honey to the liquid, mix well, cool and refrigerate in a bottle, which will keep the syrup fresh for 2 months.
Skunk cabbage also known as ‘skunkweed’ is a herb, which is very beneficial for treating your child’s asthma. This herb belongs to arum family and has a spicy taste. .
As a homeopathic expectorant to treat bronchitis and asthma, brew the dried leaves in stews or medicinal teas. Skunk cabbage works wonders if taken in tinctures and standard dosage is 2-4 drops in water three times a day.
Elecampane also known as ‘wild sunflower’ is a herb useful in treating bronchial congestion and asthma’s in your children.
This herb has phytochemicals that helps to soothe the bronchial passages during asthma attacks and acts as an expectorant in the body. Elecampane herb is available in tinctures, teas and capsules.
Spikenard also known as ‘Aralia racemosa’ is a popular herb helping to treat your child’s asthma. It possesses red-brown berries and the roots of this plant has been used for its medicinal purpose.
This herb contains anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, lung-tonic, anti-inflammatory and adaptogen properties helping to balance and regulate body’s process including asthma attacks. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and can be life-threatening disease if not properly managed on time.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.