Home Remedies for Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation, swelling or infection of the bronchial tubes between the nose and the lungs. It is usually caused by a virus, bacteria, or particles that irritate the bronchial tubes.

Symptoms associated with bronchitis include a cough with mucus, difficulty breathing, chest pain, nasal congestion, fatigue, muscle aches and fever. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic.

People suffering from bronchitis often try over-the-counter medications to manage the symptoms. There are also many simple, natural home remedies that can provide relief.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for bronchitis.

1. Ginger

Ginger, often used for treating the common cold, can also help with bronchitis. The anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties present in ginger help relieve irritated, inflamed or swollen bronchial tubes.

Bronchitis home remedy

  • Add half a teaspoon each of ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a cup of hot water. Stir well and drink the mixture for a few days to get relief.
  • You can make an herbal tea by adding one teaspoon each of ginger powder and black pepper to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes, then add some honey. Drink it twice a day.
  • You can also combine one teaspoon each of ginger powder, pepper, and cloves. Take it three times a day with honey or milk.

2. Garlic

Due to its antibiotic and anti-viral properties, garlic is highly beneficial for treating bronchitis, especially acute bronchitis.

bronchitis garlic home remedy

  1. Take three garlic cloves.
  2. Peel and chop them.
  3. Put them in a glass of milk and boil.
  4. Drink it at night before going to bed.

3. Turmeric

The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric is good for treating the cough associated with bronchitis. Follow this remedy to expectorate the excess mucus and soon you will get relief.

bronchitis home remedy using turmeric

  1. Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of milk.
  2. Boil it.
  3. Drink it two or three times a day. For faster results, do this on an empty stomach.

NOTE: This remedy is not suitable for people who have gallbladder stones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers or obstructive jaundice.

4. Eucalyptus Oil

Steam therapy is very effective when suffering from bronchitis. Adding eucalyptus oil will soften the mucus in the obstructed airways and its antibacterial properties will help in the healing process.

  • Simply add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to boiling water and cover your head with a towel so that you can inhale the steam. If eucalyptus oil is not available, you can use pine oil or tea tree oil.
  • Eucalyptus oil can also be applied externally on the chest. This will help you expel the mucus and improve the functioning of the respiratory system.

5. Salt Water

Gargling with salt water several times a day is a great way to treat various symptoms of bronchitis. Simply add one teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle with it.

Be sure to use the exact amount of salt, as too much salt can cause a burning sensation in the throat and too little will not be as effective. You can gargle with salt water as often as you need.

There are two benefits of this remedy. First, it will soothe the inflammation in the throat, and secondly, it will cut through some of the mucus causing irritation to the throat.

6. Honey

Honey is a natural way to deal with the cough that occurs with bronchitis. The antiviral and antibacterial properties present in honey will be soothing for the throat. At the same time, honey will boost your immune system.

  • Adding one teaspoon of honey to your regular cup of tea will help a lot when suffering from bronchitis.
  • You can also add honey to warm lemon water to treat congestion and throat inflammation that often accompanies bronchitis.




  1. Superb remedies. Must publish to widen knowledge of people who can try these remedies easily. Very good remedies.

  2. The ingredients recommended are easily available and should be stock in usable quantity as these can play wonderful effect in recovery.can save heavy expenses.

  3. thanks for posting this i get bronchitis alot this time it is really bad i craved orange juice it burned to drink it but i just wanted it i drank a quart so for and am still drinking it i also have prescriptions from my dr. for it but it seems they r no help. i am going to try more of these.

  4. i am told that castor oil(ricin) can also help Bronchitis

    • Jean Beaulieu You won’t like it! But if you can get it down-they used to warm a spoon of it then make you swallow it. It will do the trick for what ails you though.

  5. Simple and straight forward information

  6. Soak sesame seeds first, also i would’nt be drinking boiled milk as iv found for me, the milk causes mucus to form. But yes this info did help me, thanks!

  7. I usually soak sesame seeds before i eat them. And for me boiled milk increases mucus. But yes good advice.

  8. Thanks for sharing…! Amazing….!!

  9. Thank you for talking about bronchitis on dis page,cause I can’t wait to treat mine.

    • I fully agree with you!
      this is GREAT info and actually I’m trying the garlic bit as I type. It’s healthier and much better than the pharmaceutical JUNK and POISON we’re getting fed by the pharma companies. Thanks a lot again! Cheers!

  10. Great post! If I may add another remedy for cold, flu, fever, bronchitis and ulcers; this remedy is nothing short of miraculous, especially if you catch it early in the sickness. Enjoy!
    Boiled water (1 cup)
    Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (1 shot or 1 oz)
    2 Lemons (squeezed juice)
    1 tsp Raw Honey

  11. thank you for these remedies. I hope they work!

  12. yea thanks i keep getting it and have tried lots of stuff to fix it, Im gonna try some honey.

  13. Harish Kumar Shinde May 24, 2014, 7:58 pm

    Nice information. .

  14. Also you could try boosting the immune system with vitamin c. If you are going to use honey, try Manuka honey +10 it is supposed to have great healing properties.

  15. kalpana rai lama June 24, 2014, 5:52 am

    I’m a huge fan of this website. ……awesome and splendid remedies,more of it,the ingredients which they suggests are at home, no harassment in searching for those ingredients.
    just loved it.

  16. Thanx for easy n great advice. The herbs are all in the house!

  17. very nice remedies. i will try and then come back again

  18. Lovely helpf remedies

  19. I hope this works for me !! Thank you

  20. Catching up on sleep for several nights in a row is helpful in quickly curing acute bronchitis which has gone deep into the lungs. Also, a 12 ounce glass of vegetable juice that includes a quarter head of red cabbage juice is a powerful way to fight acute bronchitis.

  21. Ann Marcia Magoon January 22, 2015, 3:03 pm

    I’ve had the a cold for the past 3 days. A cold is something I should never have because I have asthma and when I have a cold it always turns into bronchitis. I read this about the castor oil. Searched elsewhere too as I could not face swallowing it. Well enough, if you rub a generous amount of castor oil on your chest it will produce results. I coughed up what was in my chest and was able to sleep for the first time in 3 days. Now airway is free!


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