Bronchitis can be described as an acute inflammation of the membranes lining the larger air passages (bronchi), with excessive production of mucus. The symptoms of the ailment include coughing up extra mucus - sometimes with blood, wheezing, difficult breathing and runny nose. Depending on its severity, bronchitis can be classified into acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. While the former lasts for a few days or weeks, the latter can stretch from three months to two years. In the following lines, we have listed natural treatments for bronchitis.
Natural Remedies For Bronchitis
- Take a few leaves of castor oil plant and warm them on a flat pan. Take off the pan, cool down slightly and spread on the chest. Leave them there for the night. Don't intake these leaves, as castor plant is poisonous.
- Mix equal amount of flour and water, enough to make a paste, and add some mustard powder to the mixture. Spread it on the chest area and leave it undisturbed overnight.
- Boil a cup of water. Grind horseradish root and put it in a cup. Pour the boiling water on top of the root. Wait for 5 minutes, so that the water cools down and then, drink the decoction. Consume this 3 times a day.
- Take a cup of hot water and add a teaspoon of licorice root tea to it. Set aside for 10 minutes. Thereafter, strain the tea and drink it. Consume this 3 times a day.
- Consume almonds, in any form. They are known for their healing powers in cases of respiratory illness and can help bring relief from bronchitis.
- Grate lemon rind and put 1 teaspoon in a cup of boiling water. After steeping for five minutes, strain it thoroughly and let it cool down a bit. Drink 2-3 times in a day.
- Take fresh or dried bay leaf and steep it in a cup of boiling water. Strain it into a cup and let it cool down a bit. Consume this decoction 2-3 times in a day.
- Soak some bay leaves in hot water and after cooling them down a bit, apply to the chest, as a poultice. Cover with a towel or any other thick cloth. Re-warm the leaves when they cool down completely.
- Steep 1/2 teaspoon ginger, a pinch of ground cloves and a pinch of cinnamon in 1 cup boiling water. Strain the concoction and let it cool down a bit, after which you can drink it.
- Mix 1 tablespoon dry mustard and 4 tablespoons flour. Add some warm water, in order to form a runny paste. Make a poultice of this paste, from muslin, gauze or kitchen washcloth, and place it on the chest, after applying some oil on the latter.
- Take a cup of boiling water and add 1/2 teaspoon savory. Let it cool down a bit and drink it, only once a day.
- Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon thyme to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp honey and drink it. You can also dilute thyme oil, by adding 2 parts olive or corn oil to 1 part thyme oil, and rub it on the chest.
- Take a glass of lukewarm milk and add half a teaspoon turmeric powder to it, along with half a teaspoon honey. Drink it two or three times daily.