Q: Grandma, May I ask what is bronchial asthma and hay fever? I have this constant coughing that shows as clear phlegm in the morning. The dry cough lasts as the day goes on. I hope you can provide some remedies.
A: Dear J, bronchial asthma is actually asthma; it is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with signs and symptoms that include periodic coughing and wheezing as well as tightness on the chest. Meanwhile, hay fever is most commonly referred to as allergic rhinitis that has manifestations akin to common cold – runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, and sinus pressures. What’s the relationship? Both are actually allergies. Allergies are associated with mast cells, eosinophil and T- lymphocytes that release a substance called histamine. This is the culprit substance that is responsible for all the discomforts related to allergy.
The good news is, allergies can be controlled by knowing the causes of allergy and avoiding them. If you need to relieve the symptoms of an asthma attack, or simply want to control your day-to-day asthma symptoms, there are many natural home remedies for bronchial asthma and hay fever.
HOME REMEDIES FOR BRONCHIAL ASTHMA AND HAY FEVER
1. Bitter Gourd – Karela or bitter gourd is an age-old remedy that is even regarded as among the best home remedy for bronchial asthma in Ayurvedic medicine. Mix prepared root paste from bitter gourd with an equal amount of holy basil (tulasi) or honey. Take this nightly for a month. 
2. Basil Juice or Extract – Taking tulasi or holy basil extract/juice regularly. This will control asthma and prevent its attack.
3. Kalium carbonica – This is a good home remedy for severe bronchial asthma that is triggered by emotional upheavals.
4. Phosphorus – Bronchial asthma that is induced by changes in atmospheric temperatures is best treated with phosphorus. The usual manifestations of this type include accumulation of mucus in the bronchi, heat and heaviness in the chest area and difficulty breathing.
5. Sambucus nigra – This is a safe home remedy for asthma in babies and children. This works for those kids with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, gasping for air, turning blue, congested and dry nose, and excessive perspiration.
6. Squilla – This is better option if the bronchial asthma is accompanied by symptoms like involuntary and dry urination.
7. Horseradish – This is a nasal and bronchial dilator. Thus it works best for the easing of nasal congestion, sinusitis and catarrh. 
8. Garlic – This is an ideal herbal or home remedy as it boosts the immune system and kills possible bacterial infection as well. This is also good in relieving the discomforts of allergic rhinitis.
9. Tea – Taking a hot, steaming cup can help open the airways. The liquid helps lighten the histamine in your system while the caffeine functions as a bronchodilator.
10. Relax – Relaxation, sitting down, deep breathing or meditation are good ways to ease stress that can be triggering asthma. , Stress and anxiety make asthma symptoms worse. Thus, relaxation can help ease the symptoms.