Broncho dilating – herbs that dilate the bronchioles such a Lobelia inflata (should only be used under supervision of a medical herbalist) which can be used in drop doses until relief is obtained.
Antispasmodic – herbs that relax muscles will help alleviate tension and anxiety that often accompanies an asthma attack. You’ll be surprised how powerful a strong cup of Chamomile aka, Matricaria recutita, tea can be.
Mucolytic – this group of herbs breaks down mucous into a thinner consistency thereby making it easier to breathe and clear congestion in the lungs. Night time coughing will also be minimised. An example of such a herb is White Horehound or Marrubium vulgaris which has bitter principles in its constituents.
FUN FACT: Your lungs have bitter receptors!
Anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory – these herbs work by dampening down immune response so support those with an allergic component to their asthma. For example, Ginkgo biloba.