My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Asthma {and What I Plan To Do About It}

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A few weeks ago one of my daughters started coughing in the night {which happens with her occasionally}, and I began giving her lung tea like I normally do when she has coughing spells.  This time she had a virus that caused her to throw up the tea, so it seemed it was not able to do its job.  Her cough, wheezing, and ability to breathe rapidly got worse to the point that I was running to my van to get her to the local ER.  She had to be airlifted to a hospital in the bigger city.  It was a scary experience and I’m thankful for the skilled doctors and nurses that took excellent care of her and saved her life!  As a reminder, I do prefer using natural remedies for their safety and effectiveness, but I never hesitate to take my children to a doctor if it’s needed.  I know that conventional medicine is sometimes needed and I’m very thankful for it when it is!

This daughter of mine has had lung problems since she was 4.  After having taken her to the doctor for pneumonia at that young age, and then a month later for asthmatic bronchitis, I began to research how to help her lungs so that she wasn’t continually getting sick.  She seemed to have upper respiratory problems easily {at this point she was not diagnosed with asthma}.  I discovered Dr. Christopher’s formula for lung tea, and have been making it myself and using it for the past 3 years very successfully to help Ruth’s lungs.  The lung tea recipe works wonders for asthma, coughs, congestion, bronchitis, and anything lung related.  I now know that this mixture of herbs is what has controlled her asthma attacks over the last 3 years.

So why did she end up at the ER?  For one, as I mentioned already, she was throwing up the lung tea I was giving her.  Two, she was diagnosed at the hospital with Rhinovirus, which is an upper respiratory virus.  Upper respiratory viruses can become very serious for those with asthma.  I didn’t realize that Ruth had a virus at the beginning of her illness.  She wasn’t running a fever nor complaining of nausea or aches.  I now regret not giving her colloidal silver or echinacea hourly, which may have kept the virus from getting so bad and helped us avoid an ER trip.  It’s always easy to look back and think about what we should have done differently – which is a great way to learn!  Not only do I want to keep Ruth from ever having such a dangerous asthma attack again, I also want to be prepared to handle an emergency if I can’t get her to the doctor.  I’ve heard some pretty scary stuff about the healthcare in other countries, and I don’t want to assume that we will always have access to the wonderful healthcare that we do now.  

At the hospital the doctors diagnosed Ruth with asthma.  Thankfully her asthma is not bad enough for her to need regular medication, but only an inhaler for emergencies.

…Only I don’t want my daughter to have to rely on an inhaler.  My goal is to get to the root of what is causing her asthma and not just try to fix her symptoms.  I want her healed!

Here are some remedies for asthma that I have discovered in my research already, and what I plan to do more extensive research on:

  • Continue to use lung tea when/if she starts coughing or wheezing.  This tea works so well at stopping the asthma before it gets too bad.
  • Put her on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet for her for however long she needs it.  From all the testimonies I’ve heard of from others that have healed asthma, this seems to be the main key.  I don’t believe that gluten-free is necessary forever and ever for most people, but believe that it is sometimes necessary to correct certain health problems.  Many people have had success with healing asthma by cutting these foods from their diets.  And some people may need to avoid gluten and dairy always.
  • Quercetin/Bromelain combo has been proven to reduce allergies and asthma attacks.  I plan to give this to her 3 times a day 20 minutes before a meal.
  • Read articles like this one on how others have healed asthma.

Have you treated or healed asthma naturally?

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DIY Lung Formula For Coughs, Bronchitis, Asthma

 This herbal combination for lungs has been a lifesaver for one of my daughters.  She began getting horrible coughs a few years ago on a repeated basis.  The coughs were dry, had a ring to them and were happening too frequently.  It seemed her lungs were weak: she would cough on and on if she was around a lot of dust outside or if she ran hard in the church gym.  One of her coughs even turned into pneumonia.  I knew I had to find something that would effectively target her easily inflamed lungs and draw out any mucus that needed removed.

I was so thankful when I found this formula in Dr. Christopher’s book, Herbal Home Health Care.   Giving my daughter just one cup of this tea when she has one of her coughing fits heals it the same day!   

I also used this in tea form with my youngest last week.  She woke up with a barking cough and constricted breathing.  I made one cup of this tea and divided it throughout the day – it knocked the nasty cough out that day and she then had only an occasional, productive cough after that.  {For my youngest, I added the tea with juice so she would readily drink it.}

DIY Lung Formula

Combine equal parts of the following herbs:
{Click each herb below to read more information about them!}

  • Marshmallow Root - sooths irritated and inflamed mucous membranes
  • Comfrey Leaf – heals on contact internally and externally
  • Chickweed Leaf- as a “drawing” herb it removes toxins and reduces inflammation
  • Mullein Leaf - loosens, expels mucus and also calms spasms; reduces swelling in the glandular system. 
  • Lobelia Leaf- a strong relaxant, dilates the bronchial passages and relieves spasms

Mix all these herbs together and store in a bag or container. You can buy most of these herbs here.

There are 4 ways you can use these herbs:

1.  Make a tea by combining 1-2 tsp. {I always use 2 when making medicinal teas} per cup of boiling water.  Once the herbs are added to the boiling water, remove pan from heat, cover and steep 5-10 minutes, then strain.  Adults drink 1 cup 3 times a day.  Children drink half the amount.  Since I use this formula for coughs and lung problems, I prefer to give a tea because there’s nothing like sipping hot tea to calm coughs, but the other methods below will also work.

2.  Grind the herbs with a mortar and pestle, and place in capsules for convenience of taking.  Capsules are easy to put together when using a capsule machine, but it can be done without one.  Tea and tincture forms are the most potent, but capsules will work also for those that prefer them.  For adults, give 2 capsules 3 times a day.  Give children half the amount.

3. Grind the herbs with a mortar and pestle and sprinkle the powder on applesauce or yogurt.  This is really convenient for children, but some adults may like this too!  Give the same dosage as #2.

4. Make a tincture with the herbs.  Administer 15-20 drops for adults and about 10 drops for children.

Not a DIY person?  You can purchase the formula in capsules here and in tincture form here
As I’ve said many times, God has created amazing plants for our use and good health.  His creation never ceases to amaze me.
*Note:  I take comfrey internally in limited quantities because I feel the studies done on comfrey are faulty.  However if you are not comfortable with taking it internally, just leave it out. :)
 

Do you have a favorite herb or herbal combination for healing the lungs?  I would love to hear it!

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