Heavy breathing is defined as a high rate of respiration when an individual is in a resting state. For instance, prefer that, if the person is seated and continuing to breathe in a quick way despite the fact that they had not been physically active for more than an hour or they have been engaged in any bending or lifting within the last thirty minutes to an hour.
Besides the fact that it can be rather distracting to note someone who is “out of breath” for no reason there are some particular causes to heavy breathing which have a very noteworthy medical cause for the concern. If someone you know is breathing heavily in a rested state, there are a multitude of reasons that may be the cause and all of them warrant medical investigation and consultation.
Symptoms of Heavy Breathing
- Abnormal expansion of the chest cavity
- Flaring of the nostrils
- Changes in body’s skin color, especially of the face, starting with red flushing and progressing to a pale discoloration (pallor) to bluish tinge (cyanosis)
- Faster breathing rate (tachypnea)
- Abnormal breathing sounds – wheezing, stridor, gasping or grunting
Causes of Heavy Breathing
Home remedies for heavy breathing
Honey is a delicious and effective remedy for heavy breathing. It is as easy as simply having a teaspoon of honey which is mixed in hot water a few times a day or inhaling its scent. However, it’s more effective in combination with other ingredients.
- 7 cloves of garlic
- A tablespoon of honey
- A glass of water, two-thirds full
Boil the cloves in the water and add a spoon of honey. This is a great remedy for treating heavy breathing at home. For best results, consume twice a day.
This is one of the best combinations out there, but certainly not the only one! Please read on for some other excellent remedies with honey.
Ginger has too many benefits for the health and body to count, including the fact that it is highly effective against heavy breathing.
An equal amount of ginger and pomegranate
Blend the ingredients to make juice and drink 2-3 times a day for best results.
3. Mustard and Eucalyptus Oil
Mustard oil and eucalyptus oil both are very effective for all kinds of respiratory illnesses, but when they are used together, the effect will be double.
- Equal amounts of mustard and eucalyptus oil
- A little bit of camphor.
Mix the oils and the camphor and massage the mixture all over your chest for quick heavy breathing relief. Do not forget to warm the oils before massaging with them because your body needs to feel the warmth to get relief.
4. Fig Water
Fig water is another great home remedy against heavy breathing.
Figs and water.
Get some dried figs and soak them in water overnight. Drink the water in the morning on an empty stomach. Eating the figs won’t hurt either.
The perfect thing about this home remedy is that dried figs are available everywhere all year round. However, nothing can quite compare to the unique taste of fresh figs. Their luscious taste and great texture combines the smoothness of their skin, chewiness of their flesh and the unique crunch of the seeds. They help relieve tension and improve respiratory functions, clearing the lungs and nasal passageways of mucus that is coughed up during heavy breathing attacks.
5. Coffee and Tea
Now for some really good news! You know how everyone is always saying how bad caffeine is for you? Especially if you have respiratory problems? It turns out that isn’t true. Caffeine actually helps people with heavy breathing because it clears your nasal passages, making it easier to inhale and exhale. The stronger the coffee, the better – but don’t drink more than three cups a day. Caffeine shouldn’t substitute heavy breathing medication and other regular heavy breathing treatments.
If you don’t drink coffee? Then try tea instead. Black tea is a great option. Again, do not drink more than three cups a day.
- Black tea
- Lime juice
- Crushed ginger
- Make tea and consume once a day, adding the lime juice and ginger.
Onions are known for their amazing anti-inflammatory properties. They also help a great deal with heavy breathing by clearing air passages. If you are battling with heavy breathing, eat as much onion as possible – add it to salad or cook it if you can’t stand the raw taste.
- 1 lb (½ kg) red organic onions
- 2 lemons
- 6 cups (1.5 l) water
- 7 tablespoons of raw organic honey (molasses for vegans)
- 1 lb (½ kg) brown dark sugar
Preheat the sugar in a metal bowl on low temperature, stirring constantly until it becomes red. Chop the onion into small pieces and add it. Cook briefly and pour water into the bowl. Boil until around 1/3 of the water evaporates. Let it cool and then add the lemon juice and honey. Pour the mixture into a glass container and let it sit overnight. Eat a tablespoon of this before each meal until you finish it and your lungs get well.
So, did you enjoy the list of easy to do home remedies? Were you surprised by anything on it?
Heavy breathing can potentially be life-threatening. But, now you know how to cure yourself without panicking. However, along with these home remedies, it is always advisable to consult a doctor.