Effective Natural Remedies for Bronchitis Relief

| Modified on Mar 27, 2024
Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rachel L. (Tarpon Springs, Fl ) on 11/17/2015

I just want to thank the posts about people who cured their chronic bronchitis with apple cider vinegar! I used organic acv only kind I use its the best! (: mixed with 1/2 of a squeezed lemon I added entire half of lemon squeezed to my coffee mug along with himalayian acacia raw organic honey 1 to 2 teaspoons depending how you like taste! I love honey and all its benefits especially raw so I did 2 teaspoons! (: with 1 teaspoon of powdered regular dollar store cinnamon or you can use organic if you prefer! or 1 cinnamon stick! I used just dollar store brand cinnamon and last but not least boiling water and omg!

I was coughing up thick dark yellow mucus! phlem! and my lungs hurt so bad coughing! ): I've been suffering with this for 4 months off and on!! ): and as soon as I drank just half a glass mucus came up so easy like crazy! but turned white right before my eyes! infection gone!!! I'm so happy I want to cry! (: instant relief from months of sheer agony on my poor lungs from coughing so much! (: and I owe it all to that one awesome person who was suffering who posted it! (: and now I'm giving my testimony to help others suffering from horrible chronic bronchitis I had! or any respiratory illness! (: I've been taking lots of other stuff granted vitamin c zinc oil of oregano very very potent on infections especially bronchitis! and very good probiotic! (: but my relief was immediate from this miracle concoction!

Thank you acv, I believe is the utmost cure! Research it my friends!

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

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".

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 10/06/2022

NAC N-Acetyl-Cysteine for Lung Disease

Recently I had a round with a lung infection. (I need to find a new hobby and stop going around sick people)

Things that did NOT work…. Nebulizing colloidal silver with grapefruit seed extract, nebulize and internally chlorine dioxide, homemade vapor rub, herbal blend tinctures….

Currently I started to take cayenne pepper in milk which really got the phlegm out and coughing up oysters (gross). But, I started to get a strange pain in my right lower lung (felt like a large mass of thick phlegm was stuck in the pipe and would not come up) this was causing me to be short of breath, lost of oxygen, feeling dizzy, pressure on my chest like someone was sitting on my chest. Sleeping flat on the bed caused coughing fit so I have to sleep in a incline position. The last few days were pretty ruff. O.K. at this point do I need to go to the ER?

I had been studying NAC for Reducing Respiratory Symptoms in Chronic Lung Disease (like Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, COPD). It acts directly as a scavenger of free radicals, especially oxygen radicals and is a powerful antioxidant. Some people can't take NAC due to interaction with medications. If you're taking a blood thinning agent, anti-cancer drug, nitroglycerin, or metoclopramide then it is best to talk with your doctor before you begin this supplement as it can interact with these medications.

Being very sceptical that NAC wouldn't do anything for my situation, I ordered the cheapest bottle off amazon. 600mgx60 capsules. They arrived next day and I took my first dosage that nite to see how I would react.

Important: Keep in mind I'm still taking the cayenne pepper 40,000 SU.

Day 1 - The only side effect I had was lite headed and dizzy (not a known side effect). But the odd thing was I wasn't coughing and the pressure in my chest let up alittle. 1x600mg evening dose.

Day 2 – No dizziness and less coughing and less pressure. 1x600mg evening dose.

Day 3 (today) – I have felt amazing today. More energy. Occasional cough and mucus but no pressure all day. 1x600mg evening dose.

Based on my 3 day experiment, NAC is the real deal. Dr. Christopher the herbalist stated cayenne pepper was the “leader sheep”. Cayenne helped to ram other herbs deeper into the cells. I am hoping this explains the dizziness I was experiencing.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5241507/

Source: https://drbrighten.com/nac-benefits/

Source: https://supplements.selfdecode.com/blog/nac-top-43-science-based-health-benefits-n-acetyl-cysteine-nac/

Source: http://www.whale.to/a/curing_with_cayenne.html

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Wife And Mum (England) on 05/30/2018

Apple Cider Vinegar cured chest phlegm and helped me breathe:

Every morning I woke up at 5am struggling to breath as phlegm loosened in my chest overnight and literally did not let me breath. For an hour every morning I drank loads of water (which helped a lot) and tried to cough and release phlegm. Then I read on this site about Apple Cider Vinegar so I started taking 1-2 tablespoons a day in a cup of water. After 2 days I did not wake up gasping for breath, I slept normally! I kept on taking it and was fine, when I stopped taking Apple Cider Vinegar I struggled a bit again in the mornings. I did this for a few weeks.

I have not taken Apple Cider Vinegar now for a good few days and am still fine in the mornings. I just about remember how I use to struggle every morning to breath! I actually can't believe it! I do have some minor phlegm over the day but it is solid and comes up easily, not loose and choking my lungs.

So Apple Cider Vinegar really gave me a lot of relief, and helped me breathe again.

Maybe now I will try it for weight loss!

Posted by Dawn (Graham, Washington) on 08/28/2018

My 87 year old Mother had bronchitis for a year and a half. I tried everything for her. We cut about an inch of raw ginger off and added it to about one cup water and blended it in the Vitamixer. We did this twice per day...morning and night! She is fine now....amazing! She still takes ginger every night before bed and has not been sick since. Just wanted to share!


Posted by Jan (Southern California ) on 02/16/2016

HI! Re: Hot Garlic Water and soaking feet in this!

My husband and I have been suffering for weeks with coughing and sore throat and my husband believes he has bronchitis as it's really going around here as everyone I talk to knows someone that has the problem. At Walmart the cold and flu aisle is packed. Well I read the post from 2007 about Hot Garlic Water and soaking my feet in it and covering up with a blanket and breathing the vapor in.

Posted by Hillary (Jonesboro, Georga) on 09/27/2007

After years of suffering with horrible bouts of bronchitis, a lady, claiming to be a "witch" told me to soak my feet in hot garlic water, blanket over myself and the bucket, to inhale steam. She told me to do this for at least 6 hrs. I did not have bronchitis for 5 years. It is time to do it again (and I will), but was wondering, has anyone else heard of this "method" and what is is called?

I figured what do I have to lose? I didn't try it for 6 hours as directed but I tried it until the water became cool. After I stopped using this solution my entire body became very warm! I had to take my pajama bottoms off and put on shorts I was so warm!

Then my husband tried the hot garlic water until it became cold. He was really coughing badly and spitting up mucus.

Well we both slept though the night without coughing! I woke up well! No sore throat. My husband has been sleeping sitting up for days due to coughing! He hardly coughed after soaking his feet in this and is currently sleeping (still sitting up)!

I didn't know how to make garlic water so I placed a handful of garlic cloves in hot water and boiled it and then placed this in the blender put it in a pail and added very hot water to it. (next time I'm going to crush the garlic and boil it) see what works best.

Anyway I can't believe this solution worked so well! Thank for posting it! Thanks Earthclinic!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (Clarkston, Mi) on 11/09/2012

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!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Scarlet (PA) on 09/18/2021

Holy Hell. I'm lying here on my 3rd week of Bronchitis, did the steroids, antibiotics, C silver, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Just went down, did a shot of ACV with the “mother “. That lung phlegm is coming out in waves. I can't believe it. It's totally disgusting but totally working. THANK YOU.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Suzy (Marin County, Ca.) on 09/10/2017

YES, it works. After pneumonia, prednisone, antibiotics & all the inhalers + 5 days in hospital, followed the next 2 years with winter bronchial infections, I got sick again and using a "shot glass" of raw and natural ACV 2 X per day (pretend it's whisky & just do it): knocked out infection fast. The following summer I got serious and consulted with homeopathic sales specialist at Whole Foods. Went on REFRIGERATED probiotics specifically geared to strengthen respiratory. All's WELL since. If I do feel sick again with bronchial issues, I plan to have a "shot" glass am & pm of ACV!!!

Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 09/29/2023

Here is another recipe for making Garlic Salve.

I call it the “Quick & Dirty Method” and it's super simple to make.

My Aunt & Uncle (80's - unvaxxed) both came down with covid but my Aunt turned into Pneumonia because she won't follow directions and schedule for taking the medicines.

I used this salve along with herbal tinctures (my Cold and Flu Blend) internally and nebulizing colloidal silver/H2O2 to heal my relatives. This garlic salve is commonly called GOOT. It stands for Garlic Oil Ointment Treatment but there are many different recipes being posted on the internet which makes it confusing.

Here are a few basic rules when it comes to garlic. – Never apply raw undiluted garlic or its juice to the skin because it will burn the tissue.

– The Amish consider 2 garlic cloves as being a medical dose which means it has to be strong to be effective.– Garlic is the strongest natural anti-microbial known to man. Garlic loses up to 90% of its healing properties when cooked, so using raw garlic is key!

– Garlic is the most studied herb every. Garlic contains approximately 33 bioactive sulfur compounds, several enzymes and 17 amino acids. Garlic also does something that pharmaceutical antibiotics never do! Garlic can increase your immune system activity.

Studies have shown that it increases the natural killer cells of the immune system and reduces inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers of the immune system).

– Louis Pasteur 1858 (the father of pasteurization), the well known microbiologist, reported that 1mm of garlic juice killed bacteria and he maintained it was effective even against some bacteria resistant to other factors. It was later discovered that one raw crushed clove of garlic contains the antibiotic equivalent of 100,000 units of penicillin and has been proven to be more effective than both penicillin and tetracycline in suppressing certain types of disease carrying agents. 100,000 Units = 60mg of penicillin.

– Researchers at Washington State University have found that the compounds in garlic are 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, one of the most common causes of intestinal illness. Their work was published recently in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Are you impressed yet?

Materials needed:

– one head of garlic (peeled) cost .50cents. I like chinese white.

– one 7.5oz jar of coconut oil (liquefied) cost $1.25 at Dollartree, Butcher Boy Brand.

– an electric blender or single serve smoothie blender is what I use.


– Place peeled garlic into blender.

– Place coconut oil jar into a warm water bath so the solid coconut oil will liquefy.

– Once liquefied, add coconut oil to blender. Save C/O jar for putting finished mixture back into.

– Now blend C/O and Garlic bulbs together. You want the mixture to be finely minced. No chunks!

– Once blended, pour back into the C/O jar. Any excess oil can be put into a small bowl and used for first application.

Mixture will stay “potient” only for 2 weeks. Make new batch after 2 weeks if needed. It's that simple.

Why does GOOT works:

Coconut oil contains lauric acid that kills fungus, bacteria and viruses. Raw garlic is full of natural agents that help it function as an antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic and a germicide. Garlic is also known to be a diuretic which is helpful in combating water retention and helpful in flushing toxins out of the body. Garlic has the ability to be effective against Candida, parasites, and bacteria and viruses when it is applied. In addition, it treats systemic infections by absorption through the skin into the blood supply and travels throughout the body.

This powerhouse combo starts working almost immediately to attack the problem and begin healing the body. GOOT, rubbed into the skin, transfers raw garlic oil directly into the blood stream. Apply on the feet of children or infants to fight infections. Rub on chest for chest colds, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia or rub into and around nostrils for sinus infections. Rub on the soles of feet and put on socks overnite for cough or cold. Rub on sore painful joints since garlic has pain relieving properties, Place on cotton swab for ear infections. Apply directly to sores inside the mouth.

Rub on Athlete's foot or genital area for jock itch. Insert GOOT into affected area for yeast or other related infections. Apply on rashes any place. GOOT kills Candida, parasites, bad bacteria and virus by direct application. Also can be applied on bug bites. It is used as an anti-microbial ointment, and also as a poultice that helps put anti-biotic properties into your bloodstream when you are sick. I have put it on my lips when I have felt a cold sore coming on, and guess what? "no cold sore"....

In addition, it treats systemic infections by absorption through the skin into the blood supply and travels throughout the body. It can be applied to feet, chest, throat, temples, joints or massaged all over the body head-to-toe. Test the oil on a small patch of skin to make sure there is no skin reaction.

This treatment can be applied after a warm bath and left on overnight for maximum effect. Protect clothing, bedding, and furniture from this pungent oil. How to use: Yes you will smell like a garlic bulb….

* Respiratory Infections. Apply to chest, back, side and neck and on bottom feet (then cover with socks) every 2-3 hours as necessary.

* Arthritic joints. Rub into painful joints at nite before bed. * Ear infection. In its melted state, you can put drops into the ear canal and plug with cottonball. Apply it around the outer ear.

* Sinus infection. You can put drops into the nostril. Rub ointment over sinus cavities. Use caution around your eyes!

Onion and Garlic in Honey
Posted by Kw67 (Texas) on 12/06/2017

For Colds and Bronchitis:

Take 1 onion (any kind works well, red has a milder taste) cut up with one clove of garlic cut up and cover it in honey and let sit at least 4 hours, but 8 hours is better. I also add lime or lemon juice and cayenne and take two teaspoons every couple of hours until the symptoms subside. It almost eliminates the need for OTC cough medicines and antibiotics.

Mullein Leaf
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 06/04/2023

Mullein Leaf for Bronchitis and Lung Issues

I recently visited Florida for a vacation. Every time I'm there I visit a local herbalist and her shop “Merlin's” to bounce ideas off of her and her vast knowledge and years of experience.

The subject we were talking about was phlegmy/mucus cough. She suggested Mullein Leaf. Drank as a tea, tincture or steam inhalant.

The ancient Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist Dioscorides, recommended the herb for lung diseases of the lung. Mullein is quite beneficial for people afflicted with asthma and bronchitis. Helps to maintain a healthy respiratory system. The fresh leaves boiled in milk and consumed daily is a traditional Irish folk remedy for tuberculosis. You can drink the tea, or can even inhale the vapor of the plant leaves in hot water. It can also be beneficial when you are suffering from nasal congestion. Native Indians even use the dried leaves of the herb to make herbal cigarettes.

My GF has had a phlegmy/mucus cough for about a month now and it sounds like it's getting worse. I had mullein tincture with me (yea, I carry weird stuff with me to the beach) so when we got back to the beach house, I went thru the kitchen cabinets looking for a pot to make an improvised steaming pot out of. I found a Faberware 1-Qt saucepan with a pouring lip on the edge with a lid (BTW this pot makes the best steamer I ever used).

So I poured 10oz of water into pot, put the lid on and waited til the water started boiling. The steam came shooting out of the lip. I then put 2 dropperful of mullein tincture into the boiling water and quickly placed the lid back on the pot. I had my GF inhale the steam for 5 minutes. Take a break of a minute and restart inhaling for another 5 minutes.

About one hour later, my GF stated her lungs felt open, could breathe better, and not really coughing as before. She did notice she felt dried up.

So, based on this experiment I would say steaming mullein tincture is a direct route to the lungs with fast results.

Posted by RD (Somewhere in Europe) on 11/06/2022 84 posts

I take 10-15 supplements every day, and all of them help me, because I'm always healthy and never sick.

However, from my own experience I already know what really helps me is my vitamin D3 supplement. However, as to vitamin D3, there are 3 recurring issues:

ISSUE #1: Your vitamin D3 dose needs to be individualized, so you need to periodically get a blood test known as "25-hydroxy-vitamin D", abbreviated as "25(OH)D", which is the vitamin D metabolite that is measured by medical labs, worldwide, to determine your vitamin D status.

ISSUE #2: Medical DOCTORS can harm you. In part because they're no experts on vitamins. And in part because they follow certain medical cartel protocols that were designed to harm you.

Example A: At the very most, they prescribe only 2, 000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. Why? Most likely because the more vitamin D deficient you are, the more money the medical cartel can make off of you.

Example B: When, at age 79, one of my close relatives needed help with her osteoporosis, one M.D. prescribed her vitamin D3 at a ridiculously low dose of 500 IU per day. Why only at 500 IU? Most likely because, the more sick you are, the more MONEY the medical cartel can make off of you. And, indeed, her M.D. never cured her osteoporosis. Further, her visits to her doctor increased exponentially. Further, Big Pharma made a killing on their overpriced pain killer meds that gave her a bunch of negative side effects that made her life miserable, and eventually killed her shortly before her 80th birthday.

ISSUE #3: Medical LABS can harm you. In part because they're no experts on vitamins. And in part because they follow certain medical cartel protocols that were designed to harm you.

Example A: Vitamin D intoxication is defined as 25(OH)D greater than 150 ng/ml; see www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2665033/. However, your med lab will likely ignore this very safe upper limit of 150 ng/ml, and give you a couple of FEAR messages, if you dare to be in the upper hemisphere of this 30 to 150 ng/ml range.

Example B: My med lab unilaterally and arbitrarily decided their 25(OH)D's reference range was "30 - 80 mg/ml". Further, their lab report falsely claimed my 25(OH)D was "toxic" when it was 149.2 ng/ml. In effect that lab report gave me a couple of FEAR messages, and subtly pressured me to limit myself to their 80 ng/ml upper limit that wasn't supported by science. Why? Most likely because the more vitamin D deficient I am, the more money the medical cartel can make off of me.

Example C: My most recent medical lab test report caused me further harm when it prompted me to overreact and halt my usual 11, 000 IU per day vitamin D3 dose for 10 days. In other words, right after reading their partially misleading med lab report, what did I do? I overreacted and started pausing my usual dose of 11, 000 IU per day. And what happened next? I had BRONCHITIS, all of a sudden, by day 10.

Example D: When I restarted, I did it at 6, 000 IU per day. Why only at 6, 000 IU? Because my med lab report influenced me negatively. In retrospect, I should've restarted at 10, 000 IU per day, not at 6, 000 IU per day.

Naturally, no sickness is ever good for anything. However, this sequence of events is valuable to me, because it clearly demonstrates to me how important it is for me to A) never overreact, and B) to always take a sufficiently large enough dose of vitamin D3, every day.

ISSUE #4: WHEN I HAD BRONCHITIS, how did I cure it? Well, on day 10, I simply restarted my vitamin D3. That was all that I needed. And, indeed, I could tell right away my bronchitis was starting to clear up. Further, today it's already day 13, and I can tell for sure that I'm on the right track, as about 90% of my bronchitis symptoms have already cleared up.

Further, these last two paragraphs clearly demonstrate to me that my vitamin D3 is the most important supplement for me.... I hope this will help somebody!

Baking Soda, Olive Oil Steam
Posted by Jerryrigged4 (Springdale, Arkansas, USA) on 01/26/2013

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.

Oregano Oil
Posted by Tabby (San Francisco, California) on 02/15/2009

I'm returning to Earth Clinic to share what Oil of Oregano has done for my family in the past 6 months! I also want to give thanks to God :)

I had a cracked tooth start hurting, extremely sensitive to cold. I knew it was infected, and it throbbed almost constantly. I began apply oil of oregano diluted in cold pressed olive oil to the gum two - three times daily. This immediately took down the pain each time I applied it. By the end of the week the pain was completely gone, giving me time to get to a dentist.

My husband caught a cold this winter, and after a week of it came down with bronchitis. He refused to try my Oil of Oregano! Stubborn guy that he can be ;) But after two weeks of coughing he relented one night and I started him off on 2 drops under the tongue three times daily. Within 24 hours he reported "feeling better overall with more energy". Within two weeks his cough was completely gone, then we stopped the regimen.

I began feeling a sore throat coming on. My daughter had one as well. I took one little drop of Oil of Oregano and put it in some water and had her drink it before bedtime. I took mine straight, I like the taste. I held 3 drops under the tongue for a bit, then began swishing it in the mouth and swallowed. After one more time of this, sore throat totally gone.

I have a compromised immune system and I'm extremely grateful and impressed by how well the Oil of Oregano has helped me and my family. It's nice to go to my cabinet instead of the doctor.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joseph A. (Stockton, Ca ) on 09/19/2021 73 posts

Taking N-acetylcysteine (NAC) 1 pill 500mg should will treat your problem. Google it and learn, some people take 600mg - 1,000mg. It beats ACV.

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

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!!