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Medic for Bronchitis

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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.

home remedies for bronchitis

Here are the top 10 home remedies for bronchitis.

(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

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.

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86 thoughts on “Medic for Bronchitis”

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

      1. Drink chai tea made without milk instead. You can add a little extra ginger. I usually add a couple of slices of fresh ginger while the tea is steeping.

  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.

    1. I have like 10 yrs ago I useto get bronchitis twice a year once in the summer & once in the winter it is horrible I’m willing to try anything I’m gonna try the tumeric in milk

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

      1. This is a completely unfounded but common belief! There is no relationship between the two if you are not allergic to milk at other times.

        1. Hey its definitely founded. Evidenced based research has been done. Milk and dairy actually thickens secretions. (Source: I’m in nursing school

          1. The reason why they say drink it with milk is because of the flavors these herbs have. They can be a little dissatisfying. I would find another alternative drink, with flavor, that hides the herb flavors, or reduces the strength of the flavor of the herbs.
            The also say drink warm milk at night because it helps you sleep.

          2. I am going to clear up TWO myths at once…
            1) “Milk” does not cause mucus build-up.
            2) “Lactose intolerance is NOT “lactose” intolerance.

            In both cases, it is not the “milk/lactose”, but the COW’S milk/lactose that is the problem. The lactose in cow’s milk is too complex for some people to process, and for some people who are quite so sensitive, the body reacts similarly to an allergy, resulting in mucus build-up. The solution is simply a less complex lactose, such as goats milk, whose lactose is far less complex and is easily digestible by those who are “lactose intolerant”.

          3. …that should be

            “…for those who AREN’T quite so sensitive…”
            BTW, I raise dairy goats, and am “lactose intolerant” myself…

        2. Fred is correct. People make the association of a milky substance with mucus, because of appearance! That’s how dumb the thought process is. Mucus is a protectant secretion, and its production increases in response to many ailments. It’s comprised of things completely unconnected to dairy consumption.

      2. I agree. All dairy affects me. Eating cheese helps build up mucous and eventually I end up with bronchitis. I have switched to soy products for that reason.

    1. 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!

  5. 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

    1. ThnxxThnxx for this info will certainly try it didn’t want a script thats all these drs want to give ya will be trying natural remedies first.

  6. 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.

        1. I find vitamin C does help when I feel punched in my immune system or run down. If I use chewable C’s 1000 mg, ( increased dosages if sick up to 3000 mg in a day – myself; (ck with dr.) drink hot herbal tea’s that have apple, cinnamon, lemon or ginger in them, increase liquids (starve a cold) if my glands were a touch swollen (warning sign) the C helps. Orange Juice, Airborne C; hot chicken broth…avoiding cheese, milk, (dairy) greasy food, breads during that time. I love cheese but it is very noticeably mucus producing and sinus clogging for me.
          Aroma Therapy helps with the right essential oils during this too to open up the bronchial passages. A touch of lemon essential oil in a glass of water, (hot or room temperature) helps too. Key is acting on symptoms quickly at onset to prevent. Usually if I’m stressed or lacking sleep, it has opened the door – Soak in a hot tub if you can.

        2. Actually: Vitamin C boosts general health and keep the immune system healthy, thus less likely to become ill. But does nothing to cure the symptoms when colds ect have taken root.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Wow guys I’m so grateful for all the remedies, thank you I really appreciate as I don’t like taking medical prescriptions especially antibiotics.

    1. There is no clinical or scientific basis for this. It is myth. Studies have shown over and over that there is no correlation between the two.

      1. “There is no clinical or scientific basis for this. It is myth. Studies have shown over and over that there is no correlation between the two.”

        don’t know what you are talking about! people have allergies to dairy products with symptoms of excess mucous and i am one of them, so your comment is rubbish about clinical or scientific basis. I GO BY EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE! RATHER THAN THEORETICAL BASIS.

  11. Awesome information, quite a masterpiece. I am asthmatic and suffered chronic bronchitis, which i am on medication for, but this information has truly enlightened me.

  12. I am suffering with bronchitis i found this remedy and tried with garlic,termeric , honey with warm milk also boiled water with eculiptic oil and inhaled. I got great relief. Thanks

  13. Great info, had bronchitis for 4 weeks docs put me on so much Med’s yesterday, I was hyped up coughing worse head ache sick to my stomach leg pain and no sleep, will definitely try a few of these. Thanks

  14. Just tried the steamed with eucalyptus oil for my wheezing and it truly helped! I can still hear a little wheezing, but not as much. I’m also going to try cod liver oil each day as suggested by my mother-in-law and drinking OJ. Also taking Ginkgo Biloba, Curcumin, Oil of Oregano and rubbing my chest with Vicks. Plan to try Vicks on my feet and cover with socks tonight! Suppose to be good for wheezing. Dr had me on Advair for two weeks and as soon as I stopped, I got this respiratory infection/cold. I hate conventional meds so I’m hoping to find a daily natural remedy to strengthen my lungs.

  15. Thanks so much for this. I’ve never had bronchitis before and didn’t have a clue what to do. Love the fact that all these ideas are cheap, natural and easy to do. Some over-the-counter medicines are so expensive and not very effective. Isn’t the internet wonderful?

  16. Might be worth trying a salt pipe too – I’ll probably try all of the above – this is my second bout of bronchitis this year – no laughing matter 🙁

  17. These home remedies do help. Although milk is un advisable as it may causs mucis to build up or not dislodge. One should use hot teas or warm water instead.
    Renember you will never find any medical source (from medical industry or pharmecutical) to confirm that natural remedies work. The medical industry has ruled that nothing can claim or say it cures or helps and or aids in healing and or curing unless ut is a pharmacuetical drug… obviously natural herbs and such are not pharmecuetical therefore can not cure, heal or treat. Thus can can not be claimed orofficially recognized as a cure, treatment or healer. The pharmecuetixal and FDA and that side of medical and government has made sure they had it outlawed because they cant make money off herbal when ppl can grow and obtain the ingredients themselves without them being involved..
    Herbal remedies have been proven to work, aid, heal, and yes CURE many ailments, sicknesses, diseases, problems, infections, problems and whatever else.
    As a practicioner of such and only use such I have experienced it first hand, watched ppl be cured of ailments using herbal.

  18. The garlic should not be boiled. The antibiotic chemical, allicin, is only released when the cell walls, or compartments, of the garlic are ruptured, and the chemical itself is quite volatile. It will not last long when heated, especially to a boil, and would be degraded to where bioavailability, the amount available in your bloodstream after digestion, would be quite low. I take it in some yogurt. It works well, and masks the bad breath caused by eating raw cloves of garlic. A glass of cold milk, or with any other dairy product would act just as well as a carrier for the garlic. Also, chew away. The more ground up the garlic cells, the more allicin can be fully released.

    1. Yes, the garlic should be raw, and the ginger fresh squeezed. These both have antiviral properties are most potent from the fresh plant.

  19. Found this information amazing have been suffering for years, always had steroids and anti biotics, which made me feel worse, now I have something to aim for, thank you

  20. I do believe all this natural remedies that we can get from ginger, garlic turmeric, honey…and I’m very thankful for this helpful info.

  21. Soaking your feet in water w/essential oils, or Epsom salt, helps get it into your system and does relieve during symptoms and relaxes you. Eucalyptus salts helps in foot soak AND it’s steam helps relieve bronchial congestion, if you can tolerate water warm enough! The face steam is another upper alternative, but don’t scald yourself, use wisdom having hot pan far enough away – you can feel it’s intensity the closer you’re face is to the steam in the pan. Cover head with a towel draped over that pan to enclose the steam. You can also microwave a tea towel soaked in water, then wrung out for (microwave just 1-2 minutes with 1000 watt, it may vary-start at one and checking there after, it’s pretty warm at (2) and place it in another thin towel if too hot, (you can also fold it and place in gallon size plastic zip bag after heating up, to not be wet on you or your hair if longer) but best when you wrap it around the back of your neck around your shoulder area, or lay it across your chest in a comfortable upright/angled position on recliner chair or similiar angle and it relaxes, loosens muscles, comforts during this time. (^_^) I deal with asthma, bronchial throat and chest phlemn, sinus/nasal stuffiness with food, stress, rainy or extreme weather; sensitive to atmospheres/barometric and humidity changes. Hate stuffy nose, chest and breathing issues alot! Water fast 2-3 days (no food) when extreme and need it to break. Food has more affect on us than people realize. I’m thinking about juicing to build up immune system with fruits and vegetables and to detox when body needs to recalibrate from food toxicity attacking body and organs. Poor diet really does break us down. I see huge change, when I can discipline myself to right foods and more water to flush out the toxins.

  22. I like the garlic. Slice thin , let sit 10 minutes or so. I sprinkle it onto peanut butter sandwic, bologna and mustard sandwich. Or mix in soup……works for me.

  23. I thought I would have to buy all this stuff. I don’t feel like going anywhere so, I think I will drink plenty of water and get some sleep.

  24. Grate fresh ginger..and, if possible to get, a fresh piece of curcuma (tumuric) root. Add hot water and let steep. Excellent for colds and bronchitis! You can add a little bit of honey if neecasary… (remember the “good” of the natural honey is destroyed in hot water!)

    Also good to do: take fesh onion and cut a few slices. Add hot water (I always bring water to a boil and then wait a few minutes to pour it over). Let it steep. I put it in a mug (just enouh for one person,
    Add little bit of honey… drink while hot. It doesn’t taste bad at all…and onion has excellent qualities!!!

  25. I made the turmeric tea three times yesterday and my cough is much better today. Tumeric is really an amazing anti-inflammatory and can be used for so many things. You can buy the turmeric capsules and just empty two out (1000mg each) in a cup of boiling water. I sipped it through a straw when the water cooled a little. I’m still sick – but MUCH better in only one day!

  26. I used to be a chronic Sinus sufferer. Massive headaches and constant use of tissues. I’d been reading about Goldenseal, had used it to heal my cat who’d been BB gun shot by a neighbor boy: the wound had gotten infected. Cat was fine later.

    Anyway, I brewed up some Goldenseal tea. [This is a messy procedure, but worked for me.] Warm freshly brewed tea, stand in your tub ready for shower. Bend over and snuff up the Goldenseal from your cupped hand into your nose. (while bending over, you breath through your mouth; stay bending over, don’t stand up. Let the Goldenseal stay in your sinus cavity as long as possible. Remember to breathe through your mouth while doing this. Do this several time while the tea is still warm. You’ll get a lot of messy gunky fluids. Just keep spitting. Be happy you are already in the tub and didn’t have to clean up the bathroom floor or the kitchen. It took about 3 tub sessions to heal my sinus infection.

  27. When I have bronchitis I drink hot chocolate made with water not milk. And in my dehydrator set on a setting of 130 I put sliced onions. The smell goes all through the house and it breaks loose the mucus in my lungs. I also take vitamins. C, D, and E. I have it right now need to start up the dehydrator. I eat a lot of garlic whether I’m sick or not. And I add a little of cinnamon to my hot chocolate.

  28. Milk is for the young ‘Calf’only! Humans should Not be consuming a animals infant milk. Humans are natural herbivores and the consumption of animal products and refined foods gives rise to body inflammation as the human body cannot tolerate such a diet.

  29. THANK YOU for all the comments and good advice. I think it will Start feeling better soon. I have used the lemon and ginger and the cinnamon, but I must really try the garlic too. Thank you so much!

  30. Wow ! I am so thankful for all the info . I am a 100 percent for home rematies & alternatves . Some Dr.s mean well but their only trained to do so much . My Mom use to cut up onions & put a cup of sugar on top of it in a jar . Set over night . Sugar draws the juice out of it . Drink the juice for colds & sore throat . Worked for me ! Now, I have Chronic bronchitis . I had pneumonia first , almost gave up the Ghost ! Power in prayer & all the remedies I used got me through . My immune system is so low that my bronchial tubes is fighting me but I will not give up home remedies. It’s been a month & a half or so . My Dr. Says I have COPD . Gave me all kinds of meds . No thanks ! If you asked me , it just prolongs the problem. Changing some eating habits & continuing home remedies & prayer will get me through this too ! Again thanks for everything .

  31. Sir,

    Thanks for your excellent information, and the items you have mentioned is easielly availiable. using of antibiotics cause lot of side effect. better to go for natural theraphy.

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