Natural Remedies for Bronchitis

By December 10, 2018Health
Man in bed with bronchitis

Home Remedies to Alleviate the Symptoms of Bronchitis

Anyone who’s experienced bronchitis knows what a pain it can be. It can feel like that cough, heavy chest, and fatigue is following you round like a shadow. It’s believed that bronchitis is a very serious condition that will always need doctor visits and prescription medications. Although it can be serious, it tends to clear up on its own, even though it may take a while. In the meantime, here are some natural remedies for bronchitis that can help to speed up the healing process and alleviate symptoms.

  • Breathe in steam

The goal is to thin the phlegm in your chest and get it moving so that you can cough it up and out. Generally, the most direct approach is the breath, so inhalation treatments are a great start. You can start by pouring hot water into a bowl and leaning over it, draping a towel over your head. The hot steam will help to loosen up the mucus in your lungs. To make this treatment even more effective, add a couple of drops of eucalyptus or pine oil into the water.

  • Remove irritants

If your bronchitis is triggered by things like cigarette smoke or environmental pollution, work to remove yourself from these substances. An air filter or purifier is a great way to prevent irritants from causing respiratory issues.

  • Stay hydrated

Hydration is incredibly important for overall health, but it becomes especially important in cases of bronchitis. Your body needs even more water than usual when you’re ill. Herbal teas and water are the best choices to stay hydrated throughout the day.

  • Avoid dairy products.

Cows’ milk contains lactalbumin, which stimulates the production of mucus in the upper and lower respiratory tract and in the intestines. Young calves (with four stomachs) need this extra mucus to protect their intestinal tracts from strong stomach acids. You do not. When humans drink cow’s milk, excessive mucus is often the first reaction.

  • Rest

Good quality sleep is essential for almost every aspect of our health, so getting enough sleep and rest are great starting points to fight illness. If you have trouble sleeping on a regular basis, try to unwind before bed, create a cool and dark bedroom, and manage your stress.

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