The Medicinal Herbs for Infantile Asthma

Infantile asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract that affects the child's ability to breathe. In approximately 80 percent of cases, allergens such as dust mites, pollen, animal dander and fragrances cause an allergic reaction in the child leading to an asthma attack. It is very important to avoid the use of personal care and cleaning products that contain fragrances and harmful chemicals that may come in contact with the child. It is also important to keep the area where the child sleeps and interacts clean and with filtered air. Treating asthma with herbs is safe and effective, and can be done by brewing mild teas or mixing a dosage of specific herbal tinctures with the child's regular drinks.

Chamomile

Chamomile is typically a child's favorite herb due to its aromatic and soft flavor. It has potential in slowing down allergic reactions and most importantly works as an antihistamine by increasing the production of cortisone in the adrenal glands. This additional supply of cortisone reduces the inflammation in the lungs and respiratory tract, making it easier for the child to breathe. Chamomile also has an anti-spasmodic effect that helps reduce the severity of an asthma attack, allowing the child to be calm, reducing the risk of choking.

Passion Flower

Extremely safe to use with children, passion flower, commonly referred to as passiflora, is a powerful antispasmodic herb. Used throughout the world as a sedative, the tranquilizing effects of this herb decrease the severity of lung spasms and reduce the anxiety that an asthma attack generates in a child. Passiflora also promotes relaxation, which is useful in preventing an asthma attack from even happening, allowing the muscles of the respiratory track to be relaxed and comfortable. Passiflora may be taken as a tea and is also known to be effective in treating asthma as a homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy is sometimes easy to administer to a child, since the herbal treatment comes in tasty sugar balls that kids enjoy.

Astragalus

Astragalus is a strong immunity booster that strengthens a child's immunity system and lungs. A strong immune system is one of the most effective ways to fight allergens, one of the main causes for asthma attacks in children. The root of astragalus can be purchased online through an organic herb supplier or at a local natural foods market. The way to brew it is by bringing a handful of the herb to a boil in a medium pot filled with filtered water and leaving it to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. This is called a decoction, and is an effective method of extracting all the medicinal properties of the herb. Astragalus has a mild taste that a child is likely to accept and, if not, it is easy to find an herbal supplier for the tincture.