Winter is not a good time for asthma patients and others suffering from respiratory issues.

An asthma attack may be mild or sometimes very severe and this condition causes difficulty in breathing, due to blocks that obstruct air flow in the lungs.

The common causes behind sudden asthma attacks are allergies, air pollution, respiratory infections, bad weather conditions, food and certain medications.

Signs of an asthma include-coughing, wheezing, difficulty in breathing in and out, trouble in talking, very fast breathing and sweaty face.

There are several medications available to treat asthma, however few immediate home remedies can delay the progression of attack and help in combating several symptoms.

Mustard oil

Mustard oil blended well with camphor functions as the best natural cure for asthma. Warm mustard oil and add camphor powder, mix well, massage it all over the chest till you get relief. Mustard oil generates heat and ensures faster recovery.

Tea Or Coffee

The presence of caffeine in black or green tea and coffee can be of great help in treating asthma. This works very similar to the asthma medication theophylline, which aids in opening the airways. Caffeine has the power to improve breathing in people with asthma up to four hours. Sipping a cup of warm black tea or coffee can be very helpful in an emergency asthma attack without your inhaler.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil has been used for ages in traditional medicine as a natural cure for several conditions. Inhaling the vapour can help people with breathing difficulties like asthma or bronchitis, instantly.

Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a steamer or a cup of boiled water and breathe in the vapour slowly. Always check for the quality of the essential oil used.

Ginger

Ginger is a superfood for its amazing health benefits. Consuming ginger promotes lung health, improves circulation to the lungs and lowers inflammation and treats asthma. The best way to add ginger to your diet is by having ginger tea, boil a few ginger pieces, steep it well and have it with honey.

Figs

Fig is one of the best natural remedies in the treatment of asthma. It helps to get rid of the phlegm. Soak dried figs overnight in water, have them the first thing in the morning and drink the water too.