Bronchitis Decoded:
Bronchitis is actually a respiratory disease caused due to the inflammation of the mucous membranes in our bronchial tubes. It usually manifests as spells of coughs that can at times lead to breathlessness too. It is due to the swelling of the membranes that constricts the airways in the lungs.  At times you may also experience chest pain due to the constriction in the lungs.

10 Home Remedies For Bronchitis

Causes of bronchitis are many. It could happen due to some allergy, seasonal cough and cold, few other infections, air or dust pollution and smoking habits. It is the bacteria or virus in these that cause bronchitis.

1. Honey The Savior

Honey is a fantastic natural food that is an excellent immune booster. It has so many qualities that make it a much sought after home remedy for many of the common ailments and infections. Honey has antiviral and antibacterial characteristics that help fight infections.

Where bronchitis is concerned, honey helps a lot as it works in many different ways. It helps soothe your throat that has gone hoarse from the coughing. Mix a spoon of honey in your regular tea for some quick relief from the symptoms. A mixture of a spoonful of honey and lemon juice in warm water can help ease the inflammation of the throat and also the congestion in the chest and nasal passages. These multi-pronged effects get honey listed among the bronchitis home remedies.

2. Salt Water Gargling

Salt water is again a miracle therapy that is helpful in many health conditions. It is the best-known home remedy for a sore throat. It is precisely why it helps in bronchitis as well. The congestion and swelling of the membranes in the throat caused due to the coughing will ease out if you do salt water gargling.

Mix a spoonful of salt in a cup of warm water (not boiling) and then use this water to gargle a few times. This process can be repeated 2 to 3 times a day for better effect.

3. The Wonder Concoction

 	 home remedy for bronchitisWhat might we do notwithstanding the granny’s concoctions handed down over the generations!!!! There are so many common seasonal ailments that do not require a visit to the doctor or a dose of antibiotics. But the infection by itself and the accompanying symptoms can prove to be irritating and painful. It is where granny’s concoctions come into the picture.

Boil two cups of water with a pinch of pepper powder (few peppercorns), a small piece of ginger and a few cloves. Reduce this to about a cup, strain and add a spoon of honey and drink it hot like soup. It can be taken a day for good relief thrice from bronchitis and accompanying symptoms. We have seen the properties of honey and when this coupled with the anti-inflammatory qualities of ginger, it makes it even more compelling in help cure the infection.

Multiple variations of this can be used to good effect. You can even add some cinnamon sticks while boiling if you wish. And if you have access to any of the herbs like Holy Basil (Tulsi) or Indian borage (Doddapatre), then you can add a few fresh leaves of these to the solution while boiling. These herbs are excellent in helping to fight the infections like a cough and cold.

4. Oranges

All of us are aware that oranges are rich in Vitamin C and help boost the immune system and aid in fighting cold and cough. Oranges can be eaten as is if you like them or you could choose to make orange juice without mixing sugar. If you need a better taste, you can spice it up by adding a pinch of pepper and a few mint leaves while using the juicer. It provides a refreshing flavor to it as well the juice helps clear the throat irritation and inflammations.

5. Turmeric With Milk

A nip of turmeric in a glass of milk taken at night before going to sleep is an age old Indian bronchitis home remedy. This mixture works wonders by helping to clear the congestion and the associated cough. Most often, excessive cough during nights interrupting the sleep is the most irritating of the symptoms which people with bronchitis complain of. This milk and turmeric mixture can help them to have a good night’s sleep. Repeated across a few days and taken even once or twice during the day, it helps cure the condition as well.

6. Steam Inhalation

Since chest, throat and nasal inflammation and congestion is associated with bronchitis, steam inhalation provides good relief from the symptoms. A few cups of water can be boiled and a few drops of eucalyptus oil, menthol, tea tree oil, lavender or pine oil can be added to it. Use a towel to cover your head and the pot of water to allow the steam to remain and inhale it deeply for as long as you can. This process provides great relief and can be repeated three to four times a day. It helps clear all congestions.

7. Bay Leaf Cure

at home remedies for bronchitisNot many are aware of this extraordinary and simple home remedy used for the treatment of bronchitis. Bay leaf is a herb used in most cuisines around the world. As such, it is easily available in most kitchens. A simple tea prepared by boiling one bay leaf in a cup of water for a couple of minutes and consuming it hot for a few times a day can alleviate bronchitis and related symptoms.

An interesting alternate way of using this is to use the bay leaves as a poultice. Just dip a few bay leaves in boiling water for a while. These can then be placed on the chest and cover the chest with a towel thick enough to hold the warmth in there. This can also provide relief from chest congestion.

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