Natural Cures for Bronchitis

Posted by Judy (Seattle, Washington) on 03/31/2007
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My Dr. suggested adding 1 minced garlic clove to 1 tablespoon UNpetroleum jelly...apply to bottome of feet, wrap in plastic bag then put on socks...over night. This helped the bronchitis problems we were having. 1 night and I am much better!

Posted by Saoirse (Ny, NY, Usa) on 10/28/2010

Here's the way without any odour--

Get a clean, small jar
Dice up a clove or 2---
Put it in the jar
Juice a fresh lemon or might need 2
Put the fresh juice in the jar with your garlic-

You want to have more juice than garlic, like a 50-50 or one third garlic....2/3 lemon juice--simply eyeball it-
Now you're ONLY going to take the liquid, not the diced garlic! Somehow the lemon juice extracts the potency from the garlic. Take one tsp 3-4 times / day always followed by water. Keep it refrigerated

And make a new batch every other day as needed, usually about a week at the most- can be used for insect bites---you see the swelling go down in under 5 minutes, etc

Try it
No garlic breath and the benefits of citrus together with it.

Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 05/15/2021
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Homemade Garlic Salve for Coughs and Colds

The Most Effective Cure for Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections

This coconut garlic chest rub is my go-to when kids/adults have a chest cold. It works very well to boost immunity and break up mucus with colds and flu-like symptoms. I apply to my kid's chest, back, and bottom of their feet (then cover with socks). Garlic is a natural immune booster/anti-microbial and works to get rid of viruses, fungus, parasites and bacteria. The garlic is absorbed through the skin and starts going to work immediately. This rub smells like garlic. It can be used on small children and elderly.

You will need:

– 8 cloves garlic (I like chinese white), peeled and minced
– 1 cup coconut oil (liquefy it) or olive oil
– 10 drops oregano or thyme oil (optional but adds a punch to mixture)


Peel and mince garlic cloves. Allow to set for 25 minutes so the garlic juice is exposed to the oxygen in the air and converts to allicin (an anti-microbial compound).

Now, add minced garlic to a large coffee mug. Place mug inside of a larger pot and add water to the pot half way upto the coffee mug. Turn stove on medium heat. Add coconut oil to coffee mug and stir contents.

Leave pot on stove for one hour. Stir garlic-coconut about every 10 minutes. After one hour turn off stove and pour garlic-coconut mixture thru a strainer to remove pulp into storage container.

Allow to cool, apply to chest, back, neck, sole's of feet or anywhere on the body. Repeat every 2-3 hours until condition improves.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Missmymom (Folsom, Ca) on 01/12/2018
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Organic cold pressed Coconut oil saves the day again! I started taking a heaping teaspoon of it a day for bronchitis that had no productive coughs. By day two I had productive coughs after months of just dry coughing! By day 8 my bronchitis was completely gone!! Stuff is a miracle worker, love, love, love it!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Missy (Bradford, Ohio) on 10/30/2014

Thank-you both so much for responding..I went and got the red vin. last night w/honey and have started using that and will look into using the other recommendations! I am wondering at this point, since I did quit smoking a 31 days ago, and smoked for 40 years, a pk a day, if it is normal to cough up alot of phlem every nite after laying down...ughhh..not getting much sleep..Thank-you again!! Missy

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Cheekio (Ca) on 08/25/2014
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I had pneumonia in the first week of May 2014, took 1 round of antibiotics and the fever and pneumonia was gone, but I had a bad dry cough which started with a tickle in my throat and swelling and tightness uncontrollable coughing lasting about 30 seconds. The tickle/uncontrollable coughing fits were asthma attacks per the doc. Doc said I had bronchial inflammation (bronchitis) and treated me with a nebulizer to inhale 2 rounds of prescription drugs while I was there. Said it would open up my bronchial tubes and bring the phlegm out. Prescribed me $300 (even after insurance) powder inhaler and asthma inhaler and gave me prednisone. The same night I started having a productive cough and it was a pale yellow color. Kind of like the color of french fries. For 2 weeks I had this heavy productive cough and it didnâ€TMt get any better. The asthma attacks got worse as if my body got used to the inhalers. I called the doc and they wanted me to go for more testing. I was tired of paying for prescriptions. I googled and found that colloidal silver worked for many. I didnâ€TMt have a nebulizer but had a Vicks personal steam inhaler. I put 10ppm (had in cabinet) into the inhaler and turned it on and inhaled. It gave me a slight headache so I stopped after about 30 seconds of inhaling. Then the next 3 days I did it when I awoke and before sleeping (no more headache). Then did it only before I slept, instantly, my symptoms improved. Chest heaviness gone. After the second day that tickle/cough went away. I would only feel a slight tickle and cough up phlegm. I would cough it onto a Kleenex to keep track of the color and thickness. Daily I noticed it got thinner and then became mixed some parts thick some parts clear. Since I started colloidal silver 7 days ago, I no longer use the asthma inhalers. Asthma is totally gone. The only symptom I have is a cough here and there and each time it brought up phlegm. Today I spat into a Kleenex and saw that the phlegm was completely clear, no color at all. The colloidal silver got rid of the infection and allowed my lung to clear up the rest of the phlegm. After 4 months of coughing and misery, I am finally recovering. I will continue to use it for another 7 days for good measure. After that, I will start to take it under my tongue for detox of any pathogens I may have that I do not know of ;) Magical stuff!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
Posted by Cole (Cali, Colombia) on 05/22/2014
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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.



Oregano Oil
Posted by Phil (Philippines) on 03/14/2014
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I've had problems with bronchitis for several years. One time it got so bad and I looked for cures in a natural health book. It mentioned oregano would heal it. I went to a health food store and got some oregano pills called oregasyn. It worked very well, almost too well. The phlegm came out very quickly. I found oregamax works more gently. When I can't get them, I tried McCorrmick ground oregano in water and it works pretty well but you have to drink a cup every few hours. In the Philippines, oregano leaves are boiled in water and the leaves are squeezed for the juice and one cup is drunk once a day for three days. That has sometimes been enough for me.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (Metro Detroit, Mi) on 01/05/2013
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We always keep raw honey and ACV in the home. It is my new go to prescription for a lot of issues. It stopped the bronchitis awful cough in seconds flat. And kept it at bay continually. I tell whomever I see in public who is suffering to use this protocol. I am sold on it. It works. Why flood your system with drugs?

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

Raw Mushrooms
Posted by Mary (Logansport, Louisiana) on 09/16/2008
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Hi, for years I had very bad bronchitis every year, usually during allergy season, seems all year long to me. But I havent been to the doctor for three years now for it. The only thing I can think of is that I added to my diet raw mushrooms which I find I love dearly. I eat them in salads, soups or right out of the package.

Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method
Posted by Deb (Pg, Utah) on 12/24/2010

I did the Hydrogen Peroxide method and eventually my brochitis was cured but lost my sense of taste and smell for a year now and it never did come back completely the way is was before I got sick. Was it worth it? well yes because I thought I was going to die if something didnt change. I was sick on and off for over a year. I had mold in my house and believe that was causing it. I am sick again and trying it again but not in my sinuses this time just as an inhaler for my lungs. Hope I do not lose my taste and smell completely again.

Posted by Michelle (Albuquerque, NW) on 01/09/2007
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Fresh Garlic cured my Bronchitis and Sinus Infection. 1 finely diced clove (not the entire bulb) 3x's daily with any complimentary food that has been cooled almost to room temp (eg. diced tomatoes, avocado, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti sauce, pizza, or even apple pie.) Garlic is a natural antibiotic and antifungal. Within an hour or so, easier to breather and think, in 4 days cleared up symptoms. Took for 7 days to eliminate any chance of becoming ill again. Drawbacks: odiferous breath, and the odor also emanates from the pores of the skin. Use strong breath mints/cologne/essential oils to your liking.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joseph A. (Stockton, Ca ) on 09/19/2021 71 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.

Posted by Terry (Md) on 01/12/2018
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Bronchitis and Strep

Red pepper sauce will also help. I currently have these terrible coughing jags and it seems a good swig of pepper sauce stops the cough for a good while. I keep the bottle on the kitchen table with a whiskey shot jigger...just pour some in and down the hatch. It doesn't burn and what a relief. It's better than any of the high price stuff that advertises your cough will be gone in so many hours.

Posted by Jan (Southern California ) on 02/18/2016

Hi Blanche,

I only soaked my feet until the water cooled.

I am so much better for it though. Right now I feel totally well.

Sounds like a lot of work to do this for 6 hours?

But if it cures Pneumonia I would try it for 6 hours.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Timh (KY) on 10/29/2014 2080 posts

Missy: All the conventional treatments should help in the short term but offer no lasting remedy, so finish the course of them and then adopt a more natural remedy.

Lung conditions like asthma tend to deplete the body's natural stores of the master antioxidant Glutathione. As one ages, Glutathione deficiency starts reeking havoc on the body. The sensitivity or reaction to the glue is evidence of this deficiency. To boost Glutathione, supplement NAC 1 grm every morning, Selenium 200 mcs w/ evening meal (or eat Brazil Nuts daily), and 3 mg Melatonin before retiring. Hawthorn herb will improve lung function.

You can also purchase Reduced Glutathione powder and nebulize daily to restore the lung GTH levels. Many physicians recommend this treatment and some have demonstrations on YouTube.

Cabbage and Honey
Posted by Kristina (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 03/13/2014
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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!

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 01/17/2014

Just to report a sudden infection in bronchial/and maybe lungs and how I'm treating. (OR .... will my favorite remedy work?)

Yesterday afternoon, about 2:00 pm was suddenly aware of a tickle in throat...really bronchial area. Hoped it was just too much "creamy" foods which can sometimes produce a lactose problem. I knew it was either that or an infection and I was fearing a possible infection since two people in my office had come down with bad bronchial infections in past week.

Worse as evening progressed until I was experiencing deep coughing. Finally, I admit to myself.... I'm infected. And I know what's coming; very intense spasmodic coughing, five days of recovery; no sleep; blood in mucus and possibly spread to lungs.

Immediately, I get nebulizer and pour in my good old standby ... colloidal silver into the "pan"...I am deep breathing in five minutes the soothing warm mist. Deep breathing....repeat four times before bedtime. To my relief I actually get four hours of sleep before being awakened by more spasmodic coughing. (Actually, being awakened is good as I am reminded to get more CS into bronchial and lungs.)

Now two hours later I've inhaled CS three times and as I was doing it both last night and this AM could actually FEEL the tickling relieved and could feel the congestion mucus letting go in back of throat. That was interesting because when the infection really hit, I did not have any nasal/sinus or ear problems. That's one reason I thought the bronchial issue was food related.

I can tell the breathing is much alleviated.. But it is still there. I'll re apply six or seven times again today and will report back.

In my pre Colloidal Silver days (when I knew not of CS) this kind of infection would usually lay me low for an agonizing five days to a week. I've knocked it out at least six times in the last eight years (I'm guessing) when it gets into bronchial. Did not discover the use of nebulizer for vaporizing the CS to kill an internal infection until about 8 years ago.

I'll report back in 24 hours on progress just to let anyone who might be interested know how effective the treatment is (or is not) least on me.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 01/17/2014
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Dear Dave,

I thought I would second this method of dealing with a bronchial infection. This week some of my children started with a cough. One of my sons, who is generally pretty healthy, gets the most awful sounding cough, and when he does, it lasts for a long time. This week I heard that cough of his start. I thought of your colloidal silver in the nebulizer recommendation. I started him on it right away. (I was only doing this 3-4 times a day; next time I may try more.) I used 10ppm colloidal silver, about 3ml worth. I did the same thing for my smaller children who were starting to cough (I may have only done about 2ml for small ones. Even my two year old can use the nebulizer.). I am thrilled with how well this worked. Usually a cough in a big family means a good bit of missed sleep for mama. My son noticed an immediate improvement in his breathing after using the nebulizer. This week, whenever I realized anyone was coughing, I would use the nebulizer on them. I do think catching it early makes a difference. They could tell it helped. Some were asking to use it!

I did pick back up on giving homemade Elderberry syrup to everyone. (I had gotten lax about dosing over the holidays.)

So, thanks for making this method known to me! It works for us, too.

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (Jmichigan) on 02/12/2014
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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 Marra (Newport, Tn) on 01/25/2013
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I found garlic tablets (odor free) to cure pneumonia several years back. I kept getting infections over and over and recurring bronchitis, as well. But, within a few days of taking large doses of garlic (about 1000mg) my lungs cleared completely. I kept taking it for a while, just to be on the safe side. My lungs have been clear ever since, even though I only take it sporadically now. It's some good stuff!

Posted by Jay (Toronto, Ont, Canada) on 09/01/2011

To: Abc Pneumonia from Kansas City, Missouri, Usa.

Let me try to answer your questions in order: "Jay, did you swallow the chopped garlic on an empty stomach, or did you eat before taking it? After swallowing it, and drinking the cup of water, what reaction followed in your body?"

Raw garlic is a broad-based natural antibiotic. The way I and others have used it to clear up chest /lung congestion is to crush and chop 2 medium or 3 small cloves and let sit for 5 minutes to let the enzymes start to work. Then I put these finely chopped pieces in a tablespoon and into my mouth. At this point I swallow as many times as necessary to swallow the complete amount of garlic and follow with 6 to 12 ounces of plain water. For me I do this on an empty stomach and have no after effects other than the obvious garlicy breath.

I followed this procedure daily for a couple of weeks and eliminated a lingering congestion problem that didn't seem to want to clear up on its own(which I thought might be leading to the more serious condition COPD.

Since then, at the first sign of any chest congestion I follow this procedure for a couple of days for a quick resolution of the problem.

To me the key elements of this treatment are 1. - raw garlic, 2. - crushing and chopping allows the enzymes to start working, 3. -continuing the treatment on a daily basis(and ignoring the social implications of garlic odour :) ) until original congestion symptoms are gone.


Your second question : "Were there stomach cramps, hotness of the stomach, stooling or vomitting."

I certainly have never experienced any of these reactions and would strongly suggest that anyone experiencing any of these stop the process and explore other treatment options. There are several other natural products that help eliminate chest congestion; garlic just happens to be very easy and very inexpensive.


Your third question: "Will this be good for a woman, that has lost a lot of weight, and has chest pain?"

Now this question confuses me as chest pain suggests a different problem entirely. The above addresses chest congestion which entails some breathing difficulty along with coughing up mucus/phlem with these symptoms persisting beyond the normal 1 week chest cold variety.

Chest pain needs a more detailed investigation and is not something that can be addressed properly via internet chat.

Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 09/01/2011

If you take cayenne with the garlic. You'll find that the mucous starts coming up in about five minutes.

Cinnamon, Clove, and Oregano Oils
Posted by Karen (Michigan) on 02/12/2014

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.

Cinnamon, Clove, and Oregano Oils
Posted by J In (La, US) on 06/16/2014

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 Laura (Seattle, WA) on 10/16/2007
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I've been using garlic for years for a variety of things. Usually I use it for colds. At the first sign of a cold, chop up 4 cloves of raw garlic and eat. I prefer to use it as a garnish on an already garlicy type food like soups or spaghettie, it helps make the taste not so obvious. Keep up with 4 cloves a day, then reduce the number as your symptoms decrease. This can stop a cold from manifesting, or it will shorten and weaken your colds. I used to have chronic bronchitis after every cold, now I haven't had it in years. I also only get one cold a year usually. Yeah, I don't smell great but I'm not missing so much work!

I will also use raw garlic juice on rashes and bug bites. It stops the itching immediately, and I pretty much use it for anytime I might need a phytoncide.

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