Simple and Natural Home Remedies for Bronchitis

Just when you thought you were shaking the cold, you wake up in the morning with your cough worse than before. If you are wondering what’s wrong, chances are you’ve developed acute bronchitis, a painful infection that comes as a side effect to a cold, flu and cough.

Bronchitis is actually an inflammation that happens in the bronchial tubes located between the nose and the lungs. Virus, bacteria, or colds can cause bronchitis, with symptoms including coughing with mucus, chest pain, fatigue, muscle aches, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing and fever.

Bronchitis happens mostly after the flu or a cold, when your immune system and resistance are low, resulting in a lung irritation. So, what can you do? In most cases, people reach for over-the-counter medicines, but that doesn’t mean that home remedies for bronchitis cannot help. In fact, some of the “medicines” on the list are even more potent and powerful than traditional medicine. It is just a matter of belief.

People with chronic asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as other heart and respiratory problems, are even more prone to bronchitis, and they should consult their physician before trying any medicine. With that being said, let’s take a look at some home remedies for bronchitis that can help you alleviate the pain.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisWe start the home remedies for bronchitis with some spices, and ginger is on top of that list. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, ginger can help with your lung pain and cleanse your tubes. For this remedy, you need ginger, cloves and cinnamon.

How to do it:

  • Mix one teaspoon of ginger, cloves and cinnamon in one cup of hot water. Stir.
  • Once the water has thoroughly soaked the ingredients, drink the mixture. Repeat for few days.

Alternatively, you can use one teaspoon of ginger powder and black pepper:

  • Put the ingredients in a cup of boiling water, let it simmer for one or two minutes, and then add honey.
  • Drink the mixture two times per day.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisThere is no denying it: garlic is the most potent home remedy out there. Anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties, you name it—garlic has it. But how should you use garlic?

How to do it:

  • Start by taking few garlic cloves and then peel and chop them.
  • Put the mixture into a glass of milk and boil it.
  • Drink before going to bed.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisAnother spice that comes from the mystical and exotic country of India, turmeric is on the list because of the capsaicin compound found in it. The spice carries many anti-inflammatory properties, and as we mentioned, bronchitis is actually an inflammation in the lungs. With one simple turmeric remedy, you can expect to get rid of the excess mucus in a matter of days.

How to do it:

  • You need one glass of milk and a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Boil the mixture, and drink it two times per day on an empty stomach.
  • One word of caution: this remedy is not recommended for people suffering from hyperacidity, stomach ulcers and/or gallbladder stones.

Eucalyptus Oil

Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisOne of the most effective home remedies for bronchitis is steam therapy. And when it comes to steam therapy, no essential oil is as powerful as eucalyptus.

How to do it:

  • Sprinkle few drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl with boiling water, cover yourself with a towel, and inhale the steam.
  • You can also add eucalyptus oil in your shower for another steam therapy.
  • If you want, you can apply eucalyptus oil topically on your chest. Just make sure to dilute the oil as it is quite potent.

Salt Water

Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisA simple home remedy, salt water gargle treats all the symptoms of bronchitis.

How to do it:

  • Add one teaspoon of salt to a glass of water, and then gargle with it.
  • Repeat the treatment few times per day. Salt water gargle soothes the inflammation, but also helps with excess mucus.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisA natural antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy, honey helps with soothing the throat and boosting your immune system.

How to do it:

  • The simple way to add honey is by adding one tablespoon to your regular daily tea.
  • You can also add honey to lemon water.
  • If you are not a tea drinker, one tablespoon of honey in the morning will soothe and relieve the pain from bronchitis.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisFew people use almonds as a remedy for bronchitis, but the nut-family food is has many vitamins and healthy nutrients, all of which help with respiratory illnesses. You can eat almonds in any form except candy-coated when suffering from bronchitis.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisOnions can help with the cough that comes with bronchitis.

How to do it:

  • Simply slice an onion, put it into a bowl, and then cover the onion with some raw honey.
  • Allow the mixture to stay overnight, and in the morning, remove the onion.
  • Take one teaspoon of the mixture four times per day to relive the pain from bronchitis.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisThe gold standard for vitamin C, lemons help your respiratory system by flushing out mucus, toxins and bacteria.

How to do it:

  • Boil a lemon wedge, and then strain the solution and drink.
  • Alternatively, you can mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and one cup of warm water. Gargle with the solution three times per day.

Sesame Seeds

Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisHow to do it:

  • Combine sesame seeds, flaxseed, linseed and some common salt (you need one teaspoon of each seed). Top it off with a teaspoon of honey.
  • Take the mixture before going to bed to alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Alternatively, you can mix two tablespoons of water and ½ teaspoon of sesame seed powder. Drink the mixture two times per day.

Oregano Oil

Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisPeople rarely mention oregano oil when talking about home remedies, but this natural and alternative remedy can help people suffering from bronchitis to lessen the deep coughing and soreness they feel in their throat.

The remedy is quite simple: simply put few drops of oil under the tongue to ease breathing and reduce coughing.

Orange Juice

Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisThe first association for vitamin C is lemons. However, orange juice is also rich in the immune-boosting and disease-fighting vitamin, making it a great remedy for bronchitis.

How to do it:

  • Drinking one glass of fresh orange juice two times per day will soothe the throat and alleviate the pain.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisWe almost forgot this great spice that can also cure or treat bronchitis.

How to do it:

  • You need dry mustard and flour, mixed in 1:4 ratio. Stir, and then add water to make it into a paste.
  • Start the treatment by applying olive oil on your chest, which will allow the remedy to easily penetrate into your lungs. Spread the mustard mixture on a clean washcloth and apply on your chest. Once the paste cools down, remove it.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisWe all remember the Popeye cartoons where the animated character developed muscles by eating spinach. And while spinach is mostly associated with muscle building, the leafy green is actually rich in vitamin C as well, a vitamin we already said helps with bronchitis.

How to do it:

  • Add few fresh spinach leaves to water and let them stay there for 10 minutes.
  • Add a teaspoon of honey. Drink and enjoy the benefits.


Simple and Natural Home Remedies for BronchitisProbably the simplest remedy on the list of home remedies for bronchitis, all you need to do is chew fresh basil leaves to cleanse your lungs from mucus and keep the lung infection at bay.

Prevention Tips

Before we go over to some prevention tips, let’s just say that coughing is actually beneficial for you. Coughing is a natural way your body eliminates the infection that causes bronchitis. With that being said, let’s take a look at some prevention tips that will help protect you from bronchitis and ease the healing process.

  • Get a humidifier to add moisture to the air. More moisture and humidity in the room will help your body eliminate sputum quicker and easier.
  • Increase your fluids intake, before, during and after bronchitis. Fluids make the sputum more fluid, and as a result, easier to expel. Tea, soup and water are best options. Avoid cold drinks.
  • Rest as much as possible. Your body needs rest to cope with the every minute struggle of battling bronchitis and viruses out of your body. However, do not forget to walk from time to time.
  • If you are a smoker, avoid smoking while you have bronchitis. If you are non-smoker, avoid places with smokers.
  • Avoid contact with scented perfumes, candles, and so on.
  • Avoid air pollutants.
  • Rinse your hands and face frequently during cold and flu season.
  • If you are prone to diseases, consider wearing a face mask outside during the cold season.

Simple and Natural Home Remedies for Bronchitis

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