Bronchitis is inflammation, swelling or infection of the bronchial tubes present between the nose and the lungs. It is mainly caused by viruses, bacteria, and other particles that irritate the bronchial tubes. Some of the symptoms associated with bronchitis are cough with mucus, breathing difficulty, chest pain, blocked nose, fatigue, muscle aches and fever. Bronchitis can be categorized into two types – chronic bronchitis and acute bronchitis.
People suffering from bronchitis often try over the counter medications in order to manage the symptoms. Along with the medications, there are also many simple and easy to follow natural remedies that can give relief from various bronchitis symptoms.
Here are top 10 home remedies for Bronchitis.
Ginger used for treating common cold can also help in the treatment of bronchitis. The anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties present in ginger help in giving relief from irritated, inflamed or swollen lungs. To treat bronchitis, you can try herbal ginger tea. You can make this tea by adding one teaspoon each of ginger powder and black pepper to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for a few minutes, then add some honey and drink it twice a day. Else you can make a powder by adding one teaspoon each of ginger powder, pepper, and cloves and eat it three times a day with honey or milk.
2. Orange Juice
You can always rely on orange juice to treat acute bronchitis symptoms. Orange juice will give your body the much needed vitamins and nutrients and at the same time it will have a soothing effect on your throat infection. You can drink as much orange juice as you want whenever you feel hungry. It is better to avoid solid diet for a few days and only have orange juice. However it is better to have fresh orange juice rather than the one having preservatives.
Honey is a natural way to deal with cough that occurs with bronchitis. The anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties present in honey will be soothing for the throat. At the same time honey will protect your immune system and keep your body well hydrated. Putting one teaspoon of honey to your regular cup of tea will help a lot while suffering from bronchitis. Else you can add honey to warm lemon water to treat congestion and throat inflammation that often happens with bronchitis.
During bronchitis, it becomes difficult to swallow solid foods and this can often make your body dehydrated. To keep your body well hydrated, you must drink a lot of water. At least try to drink eight to ten glasses of water daily. Along with plain water you can drink fruit juices as well as vegetable juices. If you are not able to swallow liquids, suck on ice chips and even eat some ice cream. It will help in reducing the inflammation. But you must not drink caffeine or alcohol as it can lead to dehydration and will make the mucus tougher to dislodge.
5. Eucalyptus Oil
While suffering from bronchitis, steam therapy is very essential. For an effective steam treatment, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the boiling water. Eucalyptus oil will soften the mucus present in the obstructed airways and its antibacterial properties will help in the healing process. At the same time, eucalyptus oil can also be applied externally to the chest. This will help to expel mucus and improve the function of the respiratory system. If eucalyptus oil is not available, you can also use pine oil or tea tree oil for steam inhalation therapy.
Turmeric powder is very easily available and can be used to treat various symptoms related to bronchitis. The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric is good for the cough associated with bronchitis. Take one teaspoon of turmeric powder and add it a glass of milk and then boil it. This milk should be consumed with a spoon of pure ghee two to three times a day. For faster result, take this milk daily on an empty stomach. It will expectorate the excessively produced mucous in lungs and soon you will get relief. This remedy is not suitable for people having gall bladed stones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers and obstructive jaundice.