Remedies for Wildfire Smoke

September 14th, 2020 at 10:10 am EDT
Hello Friend,

Welcome to Monday.

I hope that you, and all of your family (furry or not), are doing well.

Before I get into today's newsletter, I wanted to mention a specific supplement that may be helpful for irritated lungs secondary to smoke inhalation.

It is Cannabidiol (CBD), the non psychoactive portion of the cannabis plant.

CBD is a very safe, natural anti-inflammatory. There are many options out there, but the one I prefer which has MANY a postive review, is my supplement :-)

This is the view from my office, plus here is how Murray ( my cat!) is coping with the smoke (watching squirrels)

Natural Remedies for Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

What is happening in the Western U.S. is so heartbreaking, devastating - Massive Wildfires that have affected millions of people.. and animals.

Currently as I look out my window, all I see is smoke..much of this smoke has drifted up to Western Canada- I am grateful though that all we need to be concerned with is smoke, and not these wildfires on our doorstep

 While the immediate threats to life and property are the foremost concern, smoke particles have an impact on our lungs/our pet's lungs.


Red or watery eyes, nasal discharge,
inflammation of throat or mouth or
reluctance to eat hard foods

Persistent cough, phlegm, wheeze, scratchy throat or irritated sinuses

Trouble breathing, including open-mouth
breathing, more noise when breathing, or
fast breathing

Fatigue or weakness, disorientation, uneven
gait, stumbling

Reduced appetite or thirst



Stay indoors whenever possible with the doors and windows closed.

Keep pets indoors as much as you can, with
doors and windows closed. Bring outdoor
pets into a room with good ventilation, like
a utility room, garage, or bathroom. Move
potentially dangerous products, such as
pesticides, out of the reach of pets

• Smoke is especially tough on your pet
birds. Keep them inside when smoke is

• Keep indoor air clean: do not fry or broil
foods, vacuum, burn candles, use a
fireplace or woodstove, or smoke tobacco
products. These activities add particles to
your home.

N95 masks properly worn may offer some protection. Do not rely on paper or dust masks for protection.

Use a HEPA filter(high-efficiency particulate air) 

Avoid vacuuming, which can stir up dust.

Steam inhalation—add 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to 1 cup of nearly boiling water in a bowl, or add to a vaporizer.  One study showed this..

One study on mice found that lavender oil might suppress inflammation of mucous in the respiratory system, as well as help with bronchial asthma. This suggests that lavender oil might be a good treatment for COPD.

Use an herbal eyewash to soothe irritated eyes. You should be able to find at your local health food store. Herbs it will likely include: calendula (marigold), hydrastis (goldenseal), chamomile, and euphrasia (eyebright).

Increase water intake to reduce scratchy throat, coughing and dry nasal passages.

Increase intake of anti-inflammatory foods: garlic, turmeric, ginger, green leafy vegetables, fatty fish, nuts, beets, pineapples, etc.

Increase intake of high anti-oxidant foods: goji berries, wild blueberries, elderberries, cranberries.

Supplemental anti-oxidants: N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Smoke causes inflammation via oxidative damage so, antioxidants are great for cleaning up the debris.

Herbal Respiratory Suport: marshmallow root, yerba santa, mullein, elecampane and licorice (don’t use if  high blood pressure).

Herbal Stress Support: Adaptogens—ashwaghanda, eleutherococcus, rhodiola, holy basil; Nervines—lemon balm, passion flower, kava kava, valerian.

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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. Stay safe, hoping that you, your pets, your family or friends are not affected.

P.P.S. If you are considering trying a CBD supplement, it may help with inflamed lungs, and definitely can help with supporting your pets sore joints..

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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