Natural Cures for Bronchitis

Last Modified on Aug 25, 2014

Bronchitis is a relatively common condition,but just because it is common does not mean it is easy to deal with. The infection associated with bronchitis can cause sensitivity and irritation in your throat and even your sinuses; however, there are a number of treatment options you can try. Probiotics, Echinacea, garlic, and ginseng are among the most effective natural cures for bronchitis.

What Is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is a condition characterized by inflammation in the lining of your bronchial tubes, the pathways that carry air to and from your lungs. There are two forms of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis typically develops from a cold or other type of respiratory infection while chronic bronchitis is more severe and involves constant inflammation in your bronchial tubes.

The symptoms are largely the same for both acute and chronic bronchitis; however, chronic is typically more pervasive. The most common symptoms of the condition include a persistent cough, mucus, fatigue, shortness of breath, fever and chills, and chest discomfort.

Can I Treat Bronchitis With Natural Remedies?

While a doctor’s care is necessary for monitoring cases of chronic bronchitis, most common forms can actually be treated effectively at home. Even most conventional treatments for bronchitis center on getting plenty of rest and drinking plenty of fluids. Additionally, natural supplements, such as probiotics, Echinacea, garlic, and ginseng are helpful for shortening the duration of the condition and reducing the severity of your symptoms.

1. Probiotics

According to research presented by the University of Maryland Medical Center, probiotics are a good option for treating bronchitis. Probiotics are unique formulation of “good” bacteria. These bacteria help prevent infections by working in the digestive tract and supporting your immune system. You can take probiotics in capsule form or find them in many foods, such as yogurt.

2. Echinacea

The Medical Center also suggests using Echinacea to help prevent and treat respiratory issues. Echinacea helps support your immune system and fights infection to treat bronchitis and help prevent further development of the condition. You should take 300mg of Echinacea 3 times a day for the biggest health benefit.

3. Garlic

Information presented by Carrie Cross, a health specialist, via LiveStrong suggests that garlic is also a viable option for treating bronchitis. Garlic contains a compound known as allicin, which helps reduce inflammation and fight infection. The herb also contains nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B as well as copper, iron, calcium, and selenium. Take 4 grams of minced garlic by mouth a day.

4. Ginseng

Medical research also supports ginseng as an appropriate remedy. This herb helps boost your immune system and fights infection to help ward off more pervasive bronchitis symptoms. The treatment also helps reduce inflammation. For the best results, take 400mg of ginseng by mouth each day.

5. Ginger

Ginger is another natural remedy for bronchitis. This herb helps reduce mucus in your throat as well as relieves inflammation. Ginger also fights infection to eradicate the underlying cause of your bronchitis. Typically, you should use the root of ginger and create a warm cup of ginger tea by steeping the root in boiling water. Drink this tea as many times as necessary throughout the day. You can even take a bath with this mixture by adding one quart of ginger tea to a warm bath. This treatment helps draw toxins out of your body.

In addition to these treatments, you should also be sure to get plenty of extra rest and to take immune-supporting supplements like vitamin C. Read below for other suggestions from our readers.

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Apple Cider Vinegar   8  1   

Posted by Jaynorcal (Northern California) on 12/18/2013

[YEA]  ACV for Bronchitis. YEA.

LINGERING MOSTLY-UNPRODUCTIVE COUGH? I typically get this cough that lasts for 2-4 MONTHS shortly after getting over a seasonal cold/flu. Otherwise reasonably healthy (no asthma, young, non-smoker). I wind up getting prescribed an albuterol and/or prednisone based inhaler to help treat (but not cure) the symptoms. This has happened several years in a row now. Same routine. Coughing all day and night sucks. This year, after a significantly longer bout with this hanger-on cough (4+ months, coughing daily - and nightly), I finally got sick of it and remembered Earthclinc and the nice YAY/NAY format... and happened upon ACV+Lemon+Honey in a tea as a suggestion.

So here's what I did:

- Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
- 2 or 3 cap fulls of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1 low tablespoon (or big teaspoon) of Manuka Honey*
- Filled the rest of the cup with boiling water

*Note: I used Manuka New Zealand honey because that's what I had here. Manuka honey supposedly has it's own "special" benefits over regular honey. Perhaps the Manuka honey played a role here, but I bought it because it was on sale :)

And the results? After MONTHS of coughing nearly all day and well into the night, it took just 3 nights of this concoction and it's done. Over. Quiet. My wife (who attempts to sleep next to me) is very happy. I continued to make the drink for 2 more nights.

I just wanted to give a big thanks to EarthClinic & the users who've posted this "cure".

Posted by Karen
[NAY]   I used the same thing, but not the cinnamon. May try it because it flared up this winter. Manuka honey is more expensive, but you get good results.

Posted by Marie (Naperville, Il) on 05/09/2012

After mixing up the acv, honey and water I tried this and it is very similar to Theraflu-which I thought was both interesting and helpful because I had ok luck with Theraflu but you are only supposed to take it about every 4 hours, I need more relief than that at times.

Posted by Karen
Clarkston, Mi
7 Posts
[YEA]   I have been using and recommending to everyone this protocol for bronchitis cough. Mix juice of 1/2 lemon, 3 capsfull of ACV, 1 TBSP of raw honey, add 4 ounces of hot water and mix up. I would drink or sip on it. When you have night time coughs that keep you up... Mix up a batch and set beside your bedside. That way you wake up and take a sip or drink more.. Then turn over and get sound nights sleep. Worked charms for me!!!

Posted by Jenn (Philadelphia, Pa) on 05/23/2010

[YEA]  ACV and Bronchitis

Everyday a cup of ..2 Tbsp of ACV (raw, unfiltered), and 1 Tbsp honey in a cup of warm water helped me a great deal.

Posted by Kristen (Wyoming, Michigan) on 05/30/2009

[YEA]  I had chronic bronchitis and the doctor prescribed me and inhaler and 50mg of prednizone for 5 days. I took the prednizone once and woke up the next morning with a terrible headache to the point of bruising the back of my neck from trying to make it go away. finally most of it went away but the terrible cough. I had been going to work on 2 hours of sleep and my throat has been killing me. Last night i stumbled upon this website, Thankk God! I read all the post on the avc remedie and decided i had nothing to lose. I mixed 2 Tbls. of avc with 1 tbls honey in 1 cup of water and heated it up. i quit coughing and was able to sleep the night through by drinking only half the cup. I'm drinking it right now because i woke up coughing but its helping to make it stop again already. Im very happy i found this website. I can finally get some sleep!!

Posted by Anna (USA) on 12/08/2008

[YEA]  My story is that i was ill for that past two weeks with bronchitis and i also lost my voice. i went to my Doctor who told me to use my inhaler and rest. As i am a singer i needed my voice back in a hurry. So while i was laid up in bed i found your website. I always get most of my medication from the health shop, but i must admit i had never heard of your ACV. So i bought all my supplies and started making up all the potions i had read about, and sure enough after the first day i really felt so much better. My voice was back in full strenght in a few days, and a few other problems i had got much as well. I am sold for life. i cant stop telling people about it. It has also worked for my family and friends. Thank you for this wonderful site. Anna

Posted by Jennifer (Rockford, Illinois) on 01/06/2008

[YEA]  I am very predisposed to having cold, sinusitis, bronchitis, and up til now, I have taken probably 1/2 dozen different antibiotics, nasal and oral inhalers, and decongestants. Taking so much at once tended to make me feel worse, and the inhalers ultimately irritated my sinuses. I finally tried a couple different acv recipes to relieve my cough and sore throat. I have not taken one prescription since, and I'm having trouble less often. As soon as I feel a tickle in my throat, I reach straight for the acv. My preferred recipe is 3 parts acv, 3 parts lemon juice, and 2 parts honey with a shot or so of hot water to help dissolve the honey. I've read that organic would be better, but I've just used the standard grocery store stuff, and it's still been nothing short of miraculous. The taste is honestly not as bad as any cough syrup or decongestant I've ever taken, and it's easily twice as effective. The tickle in my chest that precedes a serious coughing fit is STOPPED ALTOGETHER before I even finish drinking this. I am still sort of stunned at how effective this is. Last night I didn't get a chance to mix up a little thermos to bring to work with me, and I regretted it this morning. The congestion in my chest had built up during the evening and overnight, and this morning the cough had settled in a bit. I've been taking a dose every couple of hours, or whenever that tickle comes back, and I've already gotten a lot of congestion out of my chest and sinuses, and my ears have cleared out and everything. This is the most phenomenal and fastest-working remedy I've ever used. I've been spreading the word to my friends and family since. I'll never take decongestants again! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Posted by Enc
Islington, Newfoundland
Apple cider vinegar for bronchitis. ACV, lemon juice and honey. How much should I mix up at one time? How much do I take ? and how long does it last in the fridge?

Posted by Ginger (Wadsworth, us) on 10/11/2007

[YEA]  My 6 year old daughter was coughing uncontrollably EVERY 2 seconds yesterday. She has allergies and a cough that accompanies it. Her allergies and cough lasts throughout the school year. However, yesterday she sounded like she had bronchitis. The cough was non- stop. I was very desperate for a solution for her cough. I stumbled across the site and went out and bought Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried the remedy and it worked. Today I bought _ Apple Cider Vinegar with "The Mother" and THAT DID IT. It has been 20 mins now AND NO COUGH. I am SO AMAZED I FEEL LIKE SHOUTING IT FROM THE ROOF TOP. I have spent so much money on cough syrups that DON'T WORK... this is all it took. My entire family will be taking this EVERY day as it has MANY MANY other health benefits as well. If you are desperate for a cough remedy THIS IS IT... please go and get ACV NOW, IT WORKS..

Posted by Karen
Clarkston, Mi
7 Posts
I just tried that and it does work, if only for an hour. Suppose I could keep doing it hourly? My head throbs from the violent coughing... And my bladder has been squeezed all day from coughing. Where does all this phlegm come from? All day producing it!!! I think I have coughed every ounce of urine out of my body too! Not trying to be gross here... But what can one do for that awful tickling cough... It feels like I am breathing in obnoxious fumes... And yet it is chemical free over here. Breathing is very constricted too. What to do...HELP???

Posted by P. (Jackson, IL)

[YEA]  I bought ACV when someone told me that you could loose weight with it. It also lowers blood pressure. I had a virus this year, I coughed so much the doctors put me on Prednisone. It did not help. I have asthma and recently found I have bronchitis. Nothing helped me to stop the hacking, painful cough I had, plus the sneezing and the sinus draining. I started drinking ACV and taking vitamins. It took some time, (two weeks) but finally the cough has subsided. I only cough once in a great while. You cannot use regular ACV because, it has been processed, filtered and what ever else companies do to food. You must buy natural ACV or make your own. I bought ____s because its available and the Mother has not been filtered from it. If there was another brand I was sure of and cheaper I would use it. ACV is good for regulation, drink gobs of water. You won't need much ACV, a teaspoon or so. Oh! I did loose a few pounds but, you have to drink it 3xs a day every day. Unfortunately, I am not an every day person. After reading this site I am going to try taking ACV more often to loose weight.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Olive Oil   1  0   

Posted by Susan (Galloway, NJ) on 04/18/2007

[YEA]  I have suffered with sinus infections and allergies for 30 years Today I tried the acv baking soda and honey for my bronchitis I developed. I did it twice and then saw that someone wrote about using olive oil instead so I used 1/4t of baking soda 2T of olive oil 2T of ACV and decaf tea and haven't been coughing Thank God. I also have been using the Salt/baking soda/water to cleanse my nose out. I also rubbed vicks on my chest to help with the pain from coughing earlier. Thank you for putting this information out there. I appreciate any help other than expensive antibiotics that make me sick to my stomach. Thank you so much.

Posted by Nicole
Faribault, Mn
Can you take this pregnant? I was told Apple Cider Vinegar was not good for pregnancy.
Posted by Isabelle
Orlando, Florida
I'm pregnant and I'm also wondering the same thing. I searched online and it seems that the information is unclear for the medical field. On the other hand, some websites have real mothers answer this question and they said ACV works well for them even when pregnant.
Posted by Mama To Many
Middle, Tennessee
705 Posts
I took Apple Cider Vinegar my whole last pregnancy with only good results. I drank water with ACV all day and it completely controlled my heartburn. I used to live on Tums and presciption medicine for this in all my other pregnancies. I also had no gall bladder trouble during pregnancy which I usually have. I put perhaps 1 teaspoon per glass of water and drank maybe 6-7 glasses a day.

Baking Soda   1  0   

Posted by Jerryrigged4 (Springdale, Arkansas, USA) on 01/26/2013

[YEA]  I use ACV and baking soda practicly everyday for all sorts of reasons. But when I have Bronchitis or sinus issues or just feel a cold moving in. I steam with baking soda. In a small pot of boiling water with a teaspoon of olive oil that is steaming real good sprinkle some baking soda, about a 1/4 tsp at a time and sniff and inhale while the baking soda is fizzling. It is so soothing, it will move the mucus out and kill molds virus and bacteria. Do it as much as you want its harmless unless you stick your nose in the hot water.

Cabbage and Honey   1  0   

Posted by Kristina (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 03/13/2014

[YEA]  Hello, wanted to share my bronchitis remedy

I month ago I had a terrible pain in my chest, it felt like a very sharp pain, I knew I had bronchitis. After couple days my symptoms got worse and my mom recommended to use cabbage leaf with little bit of honey. Each night I would put cabbage and tiny bit of honey on my chest covered with parchment thin paper (compress) and went to bed. As I woke up I felt such a relief!!! I stopped coughing, the pain was gone and all the bad stuff was coming out of me, I would ran to bathroom and spit out some greenish mucus :( I did that remedy for about 4 days and I was so happy for my cure! Cabbage is such a great vegetable! If you have sensitive skin put very tiny bit of honey, not too much! Make sure to avoid the heart area to put honey.

I'm glad I didnt take any antibiotics!

Cayenne   2  0   

Posted by Alicia (Birmingham, United Kingdom) on 12/02/2008

[YEA]  Chest infection/ Strep throat

I came across this site when searching for cayenne pepper uses as I knew there was something pretty special about it. I have a chest infection, which when combined with asthma is pretty horrific. I haven't been able to breathe and my throat has been so sore. I tried cayenne pepper in orange juice, in the first cup i used only a few sprinkles, in the second 15 minutes later i poured loads in. The burn didn't really effect me. Immediately I feel a little more alive, and my nose is less clogged. I think this will really work if I take it every day. Miracle cure!

1 teaspoon in total in 400ml of orange juice.

Posted by Leota (Los Angeles, CA) on 01/21/2008

[YEA]  ok. so the first time i really found out cayenne pepper could cure sickness was when my ex put it in tomato soup when i was really sick with bronchitis. the first day he put it in i didn't taste it and the second day i finally did. i took no antibiotics. just cayenne pepper in tomato soup. healed myself in a matter of 4 days so now, i make cayenne pepper beans and soups to protect myself from getting sick. ill eat it when i'm tired and feel like im coming down with a cold. It works, it's like it burns the germs away.

Cinnamon, Clove, and Oregano Oils   4  0   

Posted by Mark (Las Vegas, Nv) on 02/22/2011

Regarding the Oil of Oregano drops. YOU MUST use diluted Oil of Oregano drops. NEVER use pure undiluted or it will burn your mouth and cause damage. You can diluted it yourself or buy prediluted.

I speak from expereince I burned my taste buds off of my tongue and it took two weeks for them to grow back. It was miserable not to be able to taste anything when I ate. Never use any undiluted essential oils.

Posted by Mark
Las Vegas, Nv
I'll second that in the burning of the tatse buds off. It really sucks to eat food you can't taste! Always dilute!

Posted by Karen (Columbia, South Carolina , Usa ) on 12/28/2010

[YEA]  Colloidal silver and oil of oregano- 3 drops under your tongue 3 x a day and drink a table spoon of colloidial silver 1 x a day for a week. ACV - 1 tablespoon in distilled water - sip through out the day, ACV at night- 1 tablespoon in green tea with a table spoon of organic honey. I have broncites right now and the ACV in the tea has made such a huge difference at night. Sipping this through out the day has all but eliminated the cough and all the mucous is moving out! Oil of oregano and colloidial silver are huge in fighting viruses and bacteria! Just make sure to get a good CS and an Oil of Oregano that is 75-86% carvicol.

Posted by Dina
Boston , Ma
Hi what do you do if Apple Cider Vinegar bothers you? I have candida and I feel lousy when I drink the vinegar any ideas? Thanks, Ddina
Posted by Jecati
Westfield, Nc
Dina, you feel lousy after taking ACV cause you are experiencing a die off reaction from it killing the yeast, just try to detox more and start with smaller doses of Apple Cider Vinegar at first.
Posted by Unreadsign
Ann Arbor, Mi
ACV can certainly cause fungal flareups. Just stick to the lemon juice and honey, and herbs that are good for the lungs.
Posted by Karen
ACV does not flare up fungus overgrowth. It's recommended to help with it. Regular apple cider vinegar or white vinegar is not to be used if you have yeast/fungus overgrowth. You must use pure ACV. It has lots of natural healing properties that come from the "mother" vinegar found.
Posted by Cole
Cali, Colombia
6 Posts
[YEA]   I was diagnoised with bronchitis the other day and given antibiotics that worked some but I continued with a lot of pain in my chest. I read the other posts and can confirm they work.

Since I had most of the remedy ingredients, I used them all. And this morning at 8 am I feel I am on the road to recovery. Pain is down by 80% and I am starting to feel like doing things.

i took the following at 10 pm last night and again at 5 am this morning. After 1 hour of the first dose I was able to go to sleep and make it through the night. 3 hours after the second dose and I am now feeling a whole lot better.

I took:1 tablespoon ACV

1 tablespoon of Honey that I get at a drugstore---truly pure

5 1000 mg pure garlic pearls

1 teaspoon of Propoleo extract

Heat a glass of water--400 ml-- mix all ingredients and drink. I took the garlic pearls while drinking the Acv honey tea. I will continue this plus my antibiotcs until the antibiotcs run out on Monday.



Posted by J In
La, US
I LOVE this site! Ever since two yrs ago when I too, stumbled upon its remedy of ACV w honey for an upper respiratory & sinus infection- very sick. The illness was working its way through all my students and faculty. Day one - I made the tea sipped and breathed in the steam from cup as prescribed. Throughout the day, I continued to drink ACV w water to thin the mucus. Day two- my symptoms were GONE!

Unfortunately, this time I waited too long to take ACV w water(also did not do it often enough) so it would not fight it off.

We are in LA for two weeks w our first grand child's birth. So I broke down and went to doctor to be prescribed augmentin - did not phase my bronchitis ( I think I contracted it on my flight to LA bc I am rarely sick anymore). Doctor prescribed augmentin. By day three no improvement. Doctor then prescribes biactin, now day three you would think I would feel better - woke up w a coughing fit.

So back to Earth Clinic - just drank the recipe here - which cleared most of the phlegm and cough has subsided. Now I can go back to bed and get some rest. I will continue to drink this remedy and pray I have eliminated the cough for the remainder of my stay.

Thank you again Earth Clinic and it's many followers for your feedback.

Posted by Dee
What did you drink?? Please tell me I need help with a similar situation.

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