Treat Brochitis Naturally

Bronchitis, a respiratory disease where the lungs become inflamed, can be painful, frightening and annoying. It comes with a persistant, phelgmy cough and can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis lasts from one to three weeks, while chronic bronchitis lasts for at least three months a year for at least two years in a row. Smokers are at an increased risk of getting chronic bronchitis after a bout of acute bronchitis.

How can I tell if I have brochitis?

  • A hacking cough that lasts for at least 5 days
  • Phelgm that is clear, yellow, white or green
  • No fever or a low grade fever; NOTE: If you have a fever above 100.4 seek professional medical care as you may have pneumonia.
  • Wheezing
  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue

How can I prevent bronchitis?

  • Don’t smoke or start smoking. Brochitis is inflammation in the lungs and smoking just makes it worse.
  • Avoid lung irritants such as second hand smoke, dust, fumes and pollutants.
  • Wash your hands often, especially when out in public or after using public facilities.
  • Take Vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin A is useful for lung health, C for the immune system and E helps heal damaged tissues.
  • Strengthen your lungs by doing an activity as simple as blowing up baloons.

 

How can I treat brochitis?

  • Break out your humidifier. Adding moisture to the air stimulates coughing which is good as it brings up the phelgm. Add some peppermint and eucalyptus to the water to help soothe irritation.
  • Drink lots of fluids. They help to keep phlegm in the lungs, known as sputum, fluid and help you soothe your throat.
  • Do a salt water gargle with 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. This will soothe irritation and cut through mucus on the throat.
  • Rest as often as you can. Doing too much can slow your body’s ability to fight the infection.
  • Eat almonds. They are full of vitamins and nutrients, high in calcium, magnesium and potassium. Enjoy them often and however you like and they’ll help you power through bronchitis.
  • Enjoy onions. Lots of onions. They’re expectorants and will help to expel mucus from your lungs.
  • Lemon tea and lemon gargles are great ways to help get rid of bacteria and mucus. The acidity kills bacteria and the steam helps to encourage mucus up out of the lungs.
  • Bay leaves are expectorants. Make a tea by tearing a leaf and steeping in a cup of water. Or make a poultice and apply it to the chest.
  • Savory and thyme also make excellent expectorant teas and you can rub a little thyme oil on your chest to help ease congestion.
  • A mustard plaster made of 1 tablespoon dry mustard, 4 tablespoons flour and enough water to make a paste works wonders. Spread the chest with a little olive oil, spread the paste on a cloth, cover then apply to the chest. Make sure it doesn’t burn the skin.
  • Ginger is an excellent expectorant; make a tea by combining 1/2 teaspoon ginger, a pinch of cloves and a pinch of cinnamon in a cup of water.
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