15 Powerful Home Remedies for Bronchitis

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The home remedies for bronchitis include some common and easy to use herbs and spices such as turmeric, ginger, bay leaf, honey, onion, chicory, eucalyptus oil, juniper, and thyme.

Inflammation of the air passages causes the symptoms that are typical of bronchitis, including a cough, fever, body ache, and breathlessness. It can be caused due to infections by bacteria and viruses or by factors such as smoking and the inhalation of noxious fumes and dust. Although the chronic form needs special medical care, relief from the symptoms associated with bronchitis can be achieved by some easy to follow home remedies that have been accepted by many medical experts as well.

Bronchitis refers to the inflamed condition of the bronchi (airways in the lungs). It is caused due to the inflammation of the trachea (windpipe) and the large and small bronchi due to infection or other factors. This results in the mucous lining of the airways becoming swollen due to the inflammation. The cells lining the airways secrete fluids to clear the irritants thus producing sputum and phlegm. Coughing caused by bronchitis is a reflex to expel the irritants. It can be broadly divided into acute and chronic bronchitis.


Home Remedies for Bronchitis

Following are a few easy to follow home remedies for bronchitis:


Turmeric is proven to have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used with warm milk to provide relief from bronchitis.


Ginger has been proven to show anti-pyretic properties and is highly effective in relieving the fever and chills that accompany bronchitis. It also provides relief from sore throats due to the incessant coughing.

Tea Tree Oil

This essential oil soothes the blocked airways and can be effectively used as a steam inhalant.


Anise has both expectorant and antiseptic properties, thereby helping to clear phlegm from the lungs.


Cardamom acts as a decongestant and an expectorant while relieving the coughing caused by bronchitis.

Onion and Garlic

Onions and garlic have been shown to act as expectorants and to reduce inflammation due to the presence of the chemical quercetin, which inhibits the enzyme lipoxygenase. This enzyme is responsible for the release of inflammatory chemicals in the body.


The dry root of this herb has strong expectorant properties and can be consumed with honey for best results.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil aids in relieving the pain associated with incessant coughing and loosens phlegm, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Camphor Oil

It forms a major component of many balms and rubs for treating colds. It is anti-inflammatory and soothes the aches associated with congestion.

Juniper Oil

Juniper berries are considered an excellent treatment for colds, coughs and phlegm deposition. They are generally used in the form of steam inhalations.


Consumption of pepper aids in thinning the mucus accumulated during bronchitis and makes it easier to expel.


Honey aids in soothing sore throats and relieves coughs.


Thyme oil has antispasmodic, expectorant and antibacterial properties, according to the studies published in the journal Phytotherapy, all of which relieve the symptoms associated with bronchitis.

Bay Leaf

Bay leaf is a rich source of the chemical quercetin, which inhibits inflammation associated with bronchitis, according to the book “Prescription for Dietary Wellness“.

Water and Other Fluids

The experts at Bastyr University believe that drinking sufficient amounts of water or other fluids can help to gain relief from bronchitis to some extent as well.

Whatever solution you try, depending on what is the easiest to access or the most comfortable for you, good luck! And Stay Healthy!

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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