Asthma is a chronic respiratory illness that causes severe breathlessness and wheezing. If left unattended, it can be a life-threatening disease. The good news is that you can combat asthma naturally at home, using kitchen spices and herbs.

Read here about 4 wonderful herbs & spices that can give you relief in asthma. Also, explore the ‘when-and-how’ to use these Ayurvedic remedies to reap effective results from them.



Garlic provides quick relief from the asthma symptoms. Its medicinal properties help to clear the congestion in your lungs. Also, it aids in reducing the inflammation of the airways, thus helping you to breathe comfortably.

How to use it?

  • Take 10 garlic pods and 1/2 cup (30ml) of milk. Boil the cloves in milk for 5 minutes and sip on this hot concoction slowly.
  • Chop 5 garlic pods and 1/2 inch of ginger. Boil them in a cup of water for 5 minutes. Sip on this hot herbal tea daily to alleviate asthma attack.

When to use this remedy?

  • Drink the milk-garlic concoction once a day, preferably before bedtime.
  • Take the herbal tea daily in early morning and evening time.


Ginger is the super herb in your kitchen. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps in relaxing the airway muscles and normalizes the inflammation in your respiratory tract. Thus, it relieves the constriction and gives relief from asthma.

How to use it?

  • Grate 1/2 teaspoon of ginger and add it to a cup of hot water. Let it boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the ginger water and add a teaspoon of honey to it. Drink this hot herbal tea slowly. 
  • Cut small cubes of fresh ginger and chew on it several times a day. It will increase salivation and wet the irritable airways to soothe congestion and shortness of breath.

When to use this remedy?

  • Drink two to three cups of ginger tea, at any time, in a day. 

Holy Basil (Tulsi)

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The immunomodulatory and anti-tissue properties of basil help to enhance immunity, reduce cough, and expel out the phlegm. Thus, it soothes respiratory tract and provides relief from asthma.

How to use it?

  • Take a cup of water in a pan and add 2-3 basil leaves in it. Boil until the water absorbs the basil color and flavor. Strain the tea in a glass and sip on this tea. You can add a teaspoon of honey and a half teaspoon of lemon juice in it for better taste and flavor. 
  • A decoction of basil leaves juice taken with honey and ginger juice in the morning also offers effective relief in asthma.

When to use this remedy?

  • Make sure to sip on the basil tea daily in morning and evening time. In severe congestion, you can consume it several times as well. 


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The phytochemical, ‘Curcumin’, in turmeric is an excellent agent that helps relieve asthma. Turmeric controls the inflammatory response of the body and alleviates the inflammation of the airways.

How to use it?

  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm water. Gulp this concoction. 

When to use this remedy?

  • Drink turmeric water brew every morning, evening, and before bedtime continuously for 15 days to get effective results.

It is advisable to consult your doctor before using any of these remedies to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the above-mentioned herbs.

For any query related to Ayurvedic remedies for asthma and other respiratory diseases, consult an Ayurveda Specialist at

About the Author

Dr. Aalok Makker

Dr. Aalok Makker is an Ayurveda Specialist. He holds an extensive experience of more than 15 years in Ayurveda and Medical Writing. He is an ardent writer having expertise in writing articles and blogs for various consumer health platforms.

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