Bronchitis is a condition where the lining of the bronchial tubes, between the nose and the lungs, gets inflamed, swollen or infected due to bacteria, virus or irritating particles. Bronchitis could either be acute or chronic.
Acute bronchitis is caused due to cold or flu virus. Thus are infectious due to their viral nature. When the bronchitis is caused by a virus, it is termed a viral bronchitis.
Chronic bronchitis is caused by irritants such as smoke or other air pollutants. Chronic bronchitis is not infectious.
Early signs of bronchitis include fatigue and shortness of breath. Bronchitis often follows flu or cold incidence.
Symptoms of bronchitis include fatigue, nasal congestion, cough with mucus, muscle aches, chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever, etc.
There are several home remedies that provide relief to the symptoms caused by bronchitis.
Below are 17 natural home remedies and treatments for bronchitis;
Mix ground ginger, cinnamon, and clove into hot water and drink. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties that makes it potent for relieving irritated, swollen and inflamed bronchial tubes. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18692598)
Add garlic as a seasoning or spice to your meals. Garlic is potent as a home remedy for bronchitis, especially chronic bronchitis, due to its anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17594659)
Get plenty of rest. Rest and sleep would help boost the immune system which would quicken recovery from bronchitis.
4. Steam Therapy
Add eucalyptus oil into steaming water. Cover your head with a towel over the steamy water and inhale. Steam therapy is effective for providing nasal congestion relief for people with bronchitis because it helps soften the viscous mucus obstructing the airways. The eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial properties that help quicken the healing process.
5. Sesame Seed
Drink a mixture of sesame seed powder and water. Sesame seed has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and other medicinal properties that help relieve chest pain caused by bronchitis.
6. Echinacea Tea
Make and drink echinacea tea. Echinacea has immune-boosting and expectorant properties that fight infections causing bronchitis as well as loosening viscous phlegm and mucus. Also, echinacea’s mucilage helps to soothe inflamed airways. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3205674/)
7. Mullein Tea
Drink mullein tea. Mullein is effective for respiratory problems as it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. These make mullein a potent home remedy for bronchitis. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12241986/)
8. Quit Smoking
Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of chronic bronchitis. Smoking irritates and harms the bronchial tubes and weakens the body’s defense against infection. Quitting smoking helps limits the damage to the bronchial tubes and helps the bronchial tubes healing process. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18303418)
Add turmeric to a warm glass of milk. Stir the mixture and drink. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory that helps soothe the swelling of the bronchial tube as well as causes you to expectorate excess mucus and phlegm. thus providing relief. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569221)
10. Goldenseal Tea
Drink Goldenseal tea. Goldenseal has been used for centuries to treat inflammations and infections. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that make it potent as a home remedy for bronchitis.
11. Avoid Dairy Products
Milk contains lactalbumin, aka whey protein, that stimulates the production of mucus.
12. Stay Hydrated
Stay hydrated at all times. Drink enough fluid. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Drink freshly made juices, herbal tea or chicken soup also. Avoid taking alcohol or caffeine which could lead to dehydration.
Gargle salt water throughout the day. Salt water helps provide relief for the throat inflammation and also helps flush out or dislodge some of the mucus in the throat.
Add honey to your regular tea before drinking the tea. Honey has antimicrobial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties that soothe the throat and hasten the healing process. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5424551/)
Increase your usage of onions while cooking or in making your salads. Onion has a potent expectorant property that helps dislodge phlegm and mucus from the system. Onion also prevents further buildup of mucus.
16. Oregano Oil
Add 5 to 10 drops of oregano oil into a glass of water. Drink thereafter. Oregano has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties that help reduce inflammation of the bronchial tubes as well as reduce the spread of the infection. (https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/644.html)
17. Cayenne Pepper
Add cayenne pepper to your meals. Cayenne pepper helps loosen thick phlegm and mucus from the throat and air passage. Also, capsaicin, in cayenne pepper, has pain-relieving properties that naturally alleviate pain caused by bronchitis.
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