Effective Natural Remedies for Bronchitis Relief

Essential Oils
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 04/22/2023

Lessons Learned From An 80 Year-Old Nurse

Breathe steam! You can do that just by taking a hot shower, of course. Or pour steaming-hot water into a bowl and lean over it, draping a towel over your head. Inhaling the steam will help loosen the secretions in your lungs.

To make the steam treatment even more effective, add a few drops of eucalyptus or pine oil to the water. Eucalyptus helps to soften mucus in obstructed airways and has some antibacterial properties. (If you want to use eucalyptus leaves, simply boil them in a pot of water, then remove from the heat and inhale the steam.) Pine oil acts as an expectorant, so it will help you “bring up” phlegm from the bronchial tubes.

What did our Grandparent's use?

From Merck's 1899 Manual of the Materia Medica – Steam Inhalants

List of plant oils uses as inhalants for respiratory problems.

Note: 1 dram = about ¾ teaspoon

  • Eucalyptus oil – Bronchitis pg. 95,1 dram inhaled from hot water eases cough and lessens expectoration.
  • Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) – Bronchitis pg. 95,1 dram inhaled from hot water eases cough and lessens expectoration.
  • Thyme oil (Thymol) – Bronchitis pg. 95,1 dram inhaled from hot water eases cough and lessens expectoration.
  • Benzion – Acute Bronchitis pg. 95,1 dram inhaled from hot water eases cough and lessens expectoration. Chronic Bronchitis pg. 96, as inhalation or spray.
  • Turpentine oil – Acute Bronchitis pg. 96, when expectoration profuse: also as inhalation or stupe.
  • Myrrh – Chronic Bronchitis pg. 97,1 dram inhaled from hot water eases cough and lessens expectoration.

The Merck Manuals are medical references published by the American pharmaceutical company Merck & Co, that cover a wide range of medical topics, including disorders, tests, diagnoses, and drugs. The manuals have been published since 1899, when Merck & Co. was still a subsidiary of the German company Merck.

The first Merck Manual, Merck's Manual of the Materia Medica (1899), was a small reference book that became widely used: by the 1980s it had become the world's best-selling medical text.

High Dose Vitamin D and Magnesium
Posted by Sam (Miami) on 01/13/2023

High dose vit D must be taken with Boron, K, and A vitamins along with Magnesium.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Susan T. (Hawaii) on 10/16/2022

I bought one for around $60...[ I actually got a good deal for buying 3 at one time, 2 for friends, but they did not want them and I was able to return them].... the device actually caused greater pain in both of my lungs down around the ribs.I feel it is a little too aggressive for some people as a modality.I have had pleurisy, and thought it was another bout of that. What did end up alleviating almost all of that pain was nebulizing food grade hydrogen peroxide and colloidal silver along with sea salt water.

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 E.l. (Long Island, NY) on 10/30/2014

I went to a local health food store and the guy behind the counter gave me something called "fire in the hole, " which I've been Googling ever since. I guess I'll just go back there and get some more because I still have bronchitis but the doctor gave me an inhaler and some antibiotics. But the holistic remedy, the fire in the hole, consisted of cayenne pepper, ginger, ginseng and some other vitamins I'm not too certain of. But the second I took it, at first I felt nauseous and dizzy, and then he told me to drink water with lemon right away, and I instantly felt better. No more coughing and wheezing. I was then told to take Vitamin C tablets every day until it went away, but I went to the doctor and was prescribed with what I was given.

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

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.



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

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)...at least on me.

Posted by Marra (Newport, Tn) on 01/25/2013

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.

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

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.

Hot Cooking Spices
Posted by Rick (Boscawen, NH) on 06/22/2009

Spices and COPD, Chronic Bronchitis:

A year ago, I was diagnosed with chronic Bronchitis - COPD, so severe that my ears turned blue from lack of Oxygen. My blood pressure was very high, too. The DOT immediately yanked my Health card for driving truck. When I went to the Dr. my Oxy saturation level was 81. He put me on an inhalor and I had to use a Nebulizer several times a day. Nothing really changed. I could breathe a little better, but was still able to walk only for short distances. I love to cook, and tried to think of the healthiest people that I know. I started cooking with spices from China, India, and other Asian areas. I use curry powders (in various heat ranges), Tumeric, Cayenne, Garlic, Ginger, Paprika, Mustard, Wasabi, and others. I use one or more of these ingredients in every meal, and most snacks, that I cook. About two months ago I had a physical, blood work, and EKG in preparation for surgery. My lungs no longer "wheeze" (I do have a bad day once in a while...but not DAILY); my blood pressure was normal; my Oxy sat level is 95 to 97 percent; (both) Cholesterols were at healthy levels, and, except for my COPD, I am as healthy as can be! The best result of eating all that good, spicy-hot, healthy food is that I can walk at least a half a mile without "running out of breath." I have NEVER posted to any Website but feel that people should be aware of the benefits of spices and herbs. I have now found a local store that sells 1 pound packages of spices, instead of paying $4 to $7 in grocery stores for those little bottles. The savings are phenomenal. This is the best site that I have found that re-enforces my belief in hot foods. Thank you EARTH CLINIC

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 Laura (Seattle, WA) on 10/16/2007

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Olive Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee) on 04/25/2013

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.

Mullein Leaf
Posted by Marzipan (Tennessee ) on 11/07/2023

I have struggled for years with bronchitis. Mullein ultimately helped a lot along with quercetin and black seed oil (cumin oil).

Now, when I take those combined with ivermectin, I don't have bronchitis for more than a few days. It's just making sure I always have it all on hand! I use a powerful mullein tincture (Not Natures Answer- that one didn't seem to work).

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Strobelight (Colorado Springs) on 09/07/2023

This is the only thing I catch, bronchitis, for up to 4 months at a time. Found out my windpipe collapses while I am sick which makes it very hard for me to breath all those months. For the cough, if you eat 2 bananas a day, every day (with the speckles on the skin is the best time to eat) or you can take NAC supplement, both will work. I have it right now and I found something that will take 80% of the burn in the lungs away…it is not holistic though, have some gout medicine (indomethacin, 25 mg) which works 80% to take the burn away! Cannot find any holistic that can do that so far. I tried the methylene blue breathing in nebulizer, first through mouth but it burned going down so tried by mouth but the taste is terrible, could not do so just doing drops (10 at a time in distilled water with straw). Trying several suggestions on this site to see if it can turn this around, going on my 4th week (doing lomatium and mullein and lots of supplements, h. peroxide). Just adore this site, thank you for everyone's input!!!

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Doyle (Ireland) on 10/10/2022

Hi Rob, I wonder could it have been a detox symptom? Make sure you drink plenty of warm water to loosen up that phylem. 💪

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Emily H (South Carolina) on 10/11/2022

Don't take any dairy if you are congested. Dairy is HIGHLY mucous forming. Dr. John Christopher and other Naturopathic doctors worth their salt will tell you to avoid it like the plague. It will make you worse off. Also taking chemical isolates will not work as well as taking whole herbs with all their constituents and buffers bound to them - which is how the body recognizes it.

Herbs for heart and the lungs include: Ginko Biloba, Hawthorn, Cayenne, Barley Grass, Panax Ginseng, Garlic, Ginger Root, Bee Pollen, Licorice Root, Wild Cherry Bark. For Lungs, Ginko Biloba, Sea vegetables, Rosemary, Chlorella, Fenugreek Seed, Comfrey, Bee Pollen, Chaparral, Pau d' Arco, Marshmallow. This came from the "Herbs & Anatomy" section of the book, How to Be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist by Dr. Linda Page, N.D. Ph.D (author of the popular book HEALTHY HEALING).

Of course you need good digestion and elimination of both digestive wastes and metabolic wastes (in your urine). Our adrenals are right on top of the kidneys. They orchestrate our endocrine system and kidneys which filter out the metabolic wastes into the urine in the form of tiny white specks right near them also both need to be functioning well as it is the toxins inside your body that can't get out that create the inflammation. So you want to put out the fire with cooling alkalizing water rich raw food and herbs that can help break down and eliminate the congestion in the lymphatic system (separate from the blood) which is supposed to transport out our metabolic wastes down to the kidneys out through the pores of our skin, our third kidney.

Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method
Posted by Victoria (California) on 04/01/2021

I use straight 3% - the cheap non food grade type from the drug store in a nebulizer full strength or occasionally diluted with distilled water when starting. I have done so for many years. I have administered the same with my teens since they were little and have had no problems. Cured the respiratory problems in my home...started it when I had bronchitis for 4 months and was about to get a COPD diagnosis (I have never smoked.) That bronchitis strain put my mom in the ICU and almost killed her. The nebulized H2O2 killed my bronchitis in 3 days after starting! Since then I use it for all respiratory and viral infections. I've read the nebulizing is a systemic mode of action so it may be beneficial for issues beyond the respiratory system.

Since my remarkable recovery, my whole extended family uses nebulizers with H2O2 when they get respiratory bugs.

Posted by Terry (Md) on 01/12/2018

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 Diey (Morocco) on 03/07/2016

I had a severe bronchitis with severe cough at night for 5 days. I went to my aunt one night and she gave me a solution she tried.

Mix one tablespoon of FRESH ginger and one tablespoon salted fermented butter.

I live in Morocco so it's pretty easy to find it here. The moment I took this mix the cough I was able to sleep again.

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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (Jmichigan) on 02/12/2014

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

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 John (Nyc, Ny) on 01/15/2010

I have been in the healing profession (practitioner, researcher, advocate) for 30 years, nothing comes close to my experience with MSM, I am so sorry it took this long to try it. My chronic asthma gone in 3 days!! On albuterol for almost 40 years. I am in shock.

Some side effects which I consider to be cleansing symptoms: nausea, sleeplessness and skin breakouts, but I did start on a high dose of 20 grams a day. After three weeks no more 'side effects'.

My energy has greatly increased, I feel quite euphoric every day now. The only time I had that kind of euphoria was by drinking three glasses of organic green juices a day. I think people on heavy medications, mercury fillings, toxic diet are going to have more difficulties with it, so building up from a small dose with extra vitamin C and plenty of pure water will help.

The other supplement that really helps is Vitamin D3, I take 16,000iu liquid daily, no colds for two years now and my chronic bronchitis of 20 years has disappeared. Some years it was mild, others severe, triggering serious asthma attacks.

So the combination of Vitamin and MSM has been miraculous for me. This great website encouraged me to try MSM. Thanks so much.

p.s. Brushing my teeth with MSM has whitened them.

Hot Cooking Spices
Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 01/05/2013

About 10 years ago, I had a severe chest 'cold', not sure if it was bronchitis or not but it felt like it. I went to an Indian restaurant (actually it was Pakistani cuisine, of Balti style), and got a chicken fal. It was recommended to me, someone knew what they were talking about. It is hotter than vindaloo, hotter than tindaloo. I was completely cleared out within 24 hours. I had lots of water, rice, naan and mango lassi to go with it, to be able to finish it. If you can't get to an indian restaurant or an asian grocer, make your own with coconut oil, lots of garlic cloves, chopped spicy peppers, and spices like black pepper, cayenne, fennel and lots of turmeric.

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