Are you being affected by the smoke from the wildfires?

We have reached an unhealthy level of poor air quality in the Midwest. Our respiratory systems are heavily challenged. In addition to our respiratory system, poor air quality can affect our circulatory, lymphatic and immune systems.

I can smell and taste smoke. I can feel it irritating my eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. What about you?

We can turn to herbal allies for help during smoky times.


Stay hydrated and drink herbal teas: tulsi, mullein, marshmallow root, spearmint, peppermint, lemon balm, nettle, eucalyptus, thyme, slippery elm, licorice, or Breathe Easy Tea by Traditional Medicinals

Use spices when cooking: cardamom, turmeric, bay leaf, thyme, coriander, mint, ginger, mustard seeds

Flush your eyes with Triphala eye wash: This Ayurvedic practice helps to flush your eyes of irritants. Add ½ tsp of triphala powder to a glass or ceramic cup with 8 ounces boiled, filtered water. Stir, steep for 4-8 hours. Filter using cheesecloth, coffee filter, or a empty tea bag. Ideally use eye cups or alternatively pour over eyes, opening eyes to flush.

Oil your nose with Nasya: This practice can help lubricate your nasal pathway and is a first line of defense. Using ghee, sesame oil, Anu thailam or Ksira Bala 101 apply 1-2 drops into nose or to pinky finger to lubricate the inside of your nostrils.

Diffuse essential oils: rosemary, eucalyptus, thyme, peppermint, fir, spruce, tea tree
(Do not diffuse peppermint or tea tree if you have pets as it is toxic to them).

Practice pranayama and breathing exercises: Practicing pranayama can help strengthen the lungs and improve respiratory function. Techniques like diaphragmatic abdominal breathing, alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhana), and bellows breath (bhastrika) can be beneficial.

Eat a balanced diet: Follow a balanced diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nourishing soups. Avoid heavy, greasy, or processed foods that can increase inflammation in the body.

Get adequate rest and relaxation: Stress can worsen respiratory symptoms. Get sufficient rest, practice relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga nidra, and restorative yoga, and engage in activities that promote emotional well-being.

Create a clean environment: Keep your living space clean and free from dust and other allergens. Regularly dust and vacuum to reduce indoor air pollution. Consider investing in a high-quality air purifier with a HEPA filter to help remove pollutants from the indoor air. I recommend Austin Air.

Take good care of you and share this post with others who may need support.


The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease.

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