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Mullein for Asthma

One of the very first herbs that I was introduced to is a plant that grows in our yard. It’s a soft-leaved plant called Mullein.

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My mother had been researching alternative help for my 2yr old son’s asthma. He would get a cold and it would turn into an asthmatic cough that we couldn’t get rid of without rounds of antibiotics, steroids, and breathing treatments. I began to wonder what strain these drugs were putting on his little body and I was worried for his future. We wouldn’t leave the house for a couple of months trying to help him recover just to go back out into the world for him to get something else.

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We began putting Mullein leaves into a tea for him. At first, it did not taste very well, so we added juice to it. But now, at 5yrs, he drinks it super fast without added sugar. I also use this tea to help any of us in our family heal from respiratory colds.

Thankfully, we have also learned preventative herbs and are working on healing his body from the damage done by antibiotics, but I am thankful to have learned about Mullein. It has been a life-saver. It’s important to remember that not one herb works for everyone, but this has worked for us. There are many herbs that work to heal the same issue.

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Uses for Mullein: Ear Infections, Wounds, Hemorrhoids, Colds, Flu, Diarrhea, Migraines, Gout, Tuberculosis, Croup, Cough, Sore throat, Inflammation of the airways (bronchitis), Whooping Cough, Tuberculosis, Hoarseness, Pneumonia, Swine flu, Chills, Fever, Allergies, Tonsillitis, Colic, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, and Joint Pain. Mullein is applied to the skin for wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, bruises, frostbite, and skin infections. The leaves are used topically to soften and protect the skin.

Tinctures, capsules, lozenges, powders, and ear drops containing mullein are found in many health food stores.

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Other Herbs for Asthma: Licorice, Adhatoda, Ginkgo Biloba, Coltsfoot, Turmeric, Chinese Skullcap, Grindelia

Essential Oils for Asthma: Breathe, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankinsence, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melalueka, Myrrh, Owie Spray, OnGuard, Oregano,  Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Ylang ylang,

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Where to buy bulk herbs:

http://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/bulk-herbs/

http://www.herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx

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Histamine Intolerance

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Do you experience headaches after drinking alcohol (usually wine), eating chocolate, or cheese? Do you tend to sweat excessively at night, suffer from hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure) or excessive, long-lasting reactions following mosquito bites (swelling/itching)? Do you experience motion sickness or sea sickness? If you’re female, do you experience abdominal cramping prior or during menstruation? If you answered “Yes” to most of these questions, you may have a Histamine Intolerance.

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Histamine intolerance is a relatively common condition. Symptoms are usually similar to that of an allergy so they can be misdiagnosed or left untreated. Symptoms may include: irregular or rapid heart beat, bloated or cramping stomach, headaches or migraines, skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema, asthma or breathing problems, and even anaphalaxis.

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Histamine is indispensable for the human body since it fulfils vital functions. For example, it helps to regulate the function of the gut and to dilate blood vessels when irritation is present. It is both produced in the body and taken in with food in various quantities.

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A histamine intolerance occurs when the enzyme Diamine Oxidase (DAO) is inhibited or deficient, and has trouble breaking down the histamine in foods.  The DAO enzyme is responsible for the break down of histamine in the body, ensuring excess histamine is flushed – without it your body builds up an unhealthy amount of histamine, which can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms after consuming foods that are high in histamine.

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High Histamine Foods can include:

  • Some fish such as: Tuna, Sardines, Mackerel and Herring
  • Some cheeses such as: Emmental cheese, Parmesan, Gouda and Gorgonzola
  • Some vegetables such as: Spinach, Eggplant and Avocados
  • Processed meats such as: Salami, Ham, Sausages and cold cuts
  • Wine (in particular red wine), Sparkling wine, Champagne, Dessert wines
  • Beer (in particular wheat beer)
  • Balsamic vinegar

 

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Many have benefited from eating a low histamine diet. Others have done well with medications. I prefer staying away from medications as medications can cause more stomach problems and deficiencies. If you can continue healing the gut area and get to the root of the problem, I believe you can heal. In the meantime, if these foods are a problem, stay away from them until you can find the answers you need.

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