Home remedies for smog

Winter is almost here and now, the smog is the major cause of Delhi air pollution. All the harmful gases are trapped due to fog, thus resulting in poor visibility. There is a fear of accidents and increase in the number of respiratory diseases. The air that we breathe is turning foul and everyone is suggested to stay indoors. But even at home we are breathing the same air. Hence, no one is safe from the harmful effects of this grave situation. Most common troubles are:
  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • teary eyes
  • asthma
Here are some natural remedies for fighting air pollution:  
  1. Eucalyptus: The leaves of this herb have healing properties and have wide applications in cough and congestion treatment. The active ingredient cineole present in eucalyptus helps in easing coughs, fighting congestion and soothing sinus irritation.
Several studies have proved that it can be used as a natural medicine. A study performed in 2008 by the NYU Langone Medical Centre showed that 200 mg cineole taken thrice a day can help in reducing sinus related complaints.  
  1. Jaggery or Gur: Detoxification has become very important these days as the pollution level has increased a lot. Diwali and winters are a deadly combination as it is the time for smog. So, if you eat a moderate amount of jaggery or gur during winters, it helps in cleansing the liver by flushing out toxins. It can also cure flu-like symptoms and can be used in tea instead of sugar.
  1. Ginger: This is a commonly used herb in India and has several health benefits, one of them being the ability to fight the symptoms of asthma. In asthmatic people, the respiratory tract swells up and normal breathing is hampered. Certain compounds (known as gingerol) found in ginger can help in reducing airway inflammation and inhibit airway contraction. One can consume it in the way they like. Add grated ginger to your cup of tea or chew a fresh piece with a pinch of salt.
  2. Peppermint: Peppermint contains menthol and is known for its cooling properties. It soothes the respiratory tract and helps in easing our breath. Delhi air pollution is causing a burning sensation and using peppermint can solve the problem to some extent. Peppermint is also an anti-histamine and anti-oxidant. Therefore, it is effective for decongesting and also fights organisms that are harmful to the respiratory system.
  1. Oregano: You might only have known this as an exotic spice. Did you ever try to find benefits other than adding this flavour to your pasta and pizza platter? There are certain nutrients in oregano which boosts the body's immunity. It also has compounds called carvacrol and rosmarinic which have anti-histamine and decongestive properties. Rubbing a mix of oregano oil and olive oil on our forehead can relieve sinus headaches.
These natural remedies have some great compounds which can:  
  1. Ease out chest and nasal congestion.
  1. Check and reduce symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and swelling of the glands.
  1. Soothe irritated airways.
  1. Some herbs have antihistamine and anti-oxidant qualities.
  1. Fight toxins that cause problems in the upper respiratory system.
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