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Protection from smoke inhalation

Forest fires – when smoke is in the air

Forest fire smoke can cause mucous membranes to become irritated and inflamed. The immune system is also affected and can result in joint pain and other conditions not usually associated with smoke inhalation.

People with asthma, emphysema, heart disease, sinus problems, and allergies are especially prone to developing problems from smoke. Common symptoms from smoke inhalation include fatigue, coughing, throat irritation, watering eyes, sinus congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, headaches, and nose bleeds.

Tips to keep safe from smoke

If you live in an area where there is smoke, stay indoors and keep windows closed. Don’t forget pets – bring them inside, too. Do not fry food at high temperatures -- you don’t need smoke from cooking oil. Do not vacuum or burn candles. Do not use fireplaces or wood heaters unless absolutely necessary. Avoid air fresheners, incense, and cigarette smoke, too.

Protect mucus membranes from smoke

Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water and herbal teas with lemon. Also drink mullein tea. Mullein really helps heal damaged lung tissue. Build immunity with astragalus, ginseng, yellowroot, and licorice. Eat oatmeal, yogurt, and bananas.

It may also help to irrigate the sinuses with a saline solution (salt water). It is unpleasant but can bring relief – just snort some warm salt water out of a bowl. Use eye wash to rinse irritated eyes. Use distilled water to make a week yellowroot, calendula, or eyebright tea, cool, strain, and pour a little into eyes with a teaspoon.

A wet dish cloth is more beneficial than a face mask. Face masks are designed to trap larger particles like sawdust, not smoke.

If breathing becomes difficult, leave the area and seek a location where smoke is not present. This is especially important for babies, children, the elderly, and people with existing conditions.

After exposure to smoke, add extra antioxidants to the diet. Fresh vegetables, fruits, and berries can really help the body to remove toxins. Antioxidants like rose hips and elderberries help the body to heal. Also consider taking a vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin D supplement for a couple of weeks after smoke exposure.

Herbs can protect from smoke inhalation

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Protect yourself and your family from smoke inhalation.