Natural Treatments for Bronchitis
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lungs and often follows an upper respiratory infection. It can also be a chronic condition that is intensified by air pollution, smoking, or colds. Symptoms include fever, coughing that produces yellow mucus, and sometimes chest pains and difficulty breathing.
- Infection Fighters
Herbal antibiotics such as echinacea, goldenseal, and garlic fight infection and boost your immune response. Take half a teaspoon of echinacea extract and a quarter of a teaspoon of goldenseal extract three times a day for up to 10 days. In addition, eat a clove of raw garlic twice daily until the infection has cleared. CAUTION: Do not take goldenseal if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant.
- Soothing Mullein Tea
Mullein leaves are rich in mucilage, a gelatinous substance that soothes irritated mucous membranes and bronchial passages. Marshmallow root also contains mucilage and has a slightly sweet taste, which tempers the flavor of the slightly bitter and astringent mullein.
1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
1 teaspoon dried mullein Leaf
1 teaspoon dried marshmallow root
Pour the water over the herbs, cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain, sweeten if desired, and drink three to four cups daily.
- Loosen congestion in the chest
Eucalyptus loosens the chest congestion and fights respiratory infections.
1 1/2 quarts (2 liters) boiling water
3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Carefully pour boiling water into a heatproof bowl. Add eucalyptus essential oil, and cover your head and bowl with a large towel. Inhale the steam for 15 minutes, taking care to not burn yourself. Repeat as often as desired. Option : use this blend is a small spray bottle at your local health club steam room.
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