Symptoms seem to really vary from person to person, however the most common symptoms include; itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. To help combat these symptoms I like to combine restorative lung tonics with demulcent herbs to soothe and protect the mucous membranes that can become dry and scratchy from exposure to wildfire smoke.
Respiratory Herbal Tea Blend
This is simple herbal tea blend that I like to drink regularly when the skies are smoky. Combine the herbs with boiling water and steep for around 20 minutes.
- 2 parts Mullein leaf
- 2 parts Marshmallow root
- 1 part Goldenrod
- 1 part Linden
- 1 part Peppermint
- 1/2 part Raspberry leaf
Steam inhalations can be especially helpful for children who won’t necessarily want to drink herbal teas. For younger kids however, (because kids and boiling water aren’t always a great mix!) I like to create a steam room by placing herbs in a muslin bag in a bathtub and turning the shower on hot for 5 minutes.
My other tips are to drink lots of water and to limit outdoor time (as frustrating as that may be!). Let me know in the comments your tips for surviving the wildfire smoke!