18 Effective Home Remedies for Bronchial Congestion

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The home remedies for bronchial congestion include herbs such as angelica, anise, parsley, myrrh, hyssop, and chamomile, apart from certain spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and ginger. Tea and coffee have also been proven to be effective against bronchial congestion.

Home Remedies for Bronchial Congestion

Bronchial congestion can be easily countered by using certain easy-to-access herbs and other home remedies that speed up the process of healing and eases the discomfort. Below are a few commonly used home remedies for bronchial congestion.


The FDA elaborates the manifold advantages of tea as a remedy for cold and bronchial congestion. Tea can be infused with other herbs that relieve congestion and are turned into a healthy herbal tonic.


This herb is warm and stimulating for the lungs. It is effective in treating the flu and colds, and it also eases congestion.


Anise is an herb used to treat influenza, sinusitis, and other respiratory ailments. Anise essential oil contains creosol, which aids in loosening bronchial secretions. Anise oil can be diffused to aid breathing in case of cold or it can be used in massages to ease chest congestion. Anise is an expectorant with antiseptic properties. Thus, anise helps to kill germs and to clear the lungs of congestion. It is commonly used in manufacturing cough syrups and lozenges for soothing the throat.


Cardamom is an expectorant and a decongestant. It can be taken as a steam inhalant to clear up congestion of the lungs.


Cayenne Pepper

It is highly effective in thinning the mucous secretions responsible for congestion. Also, pepper has strong antioxidant properties, which boosts the immune system.


Eucalyptus is an effective decongestant and facilitates the opening of blocked airways. It is a major component of many cold rubs and balms and also relieves cold-associated body ache.


The phytochemical marrubin that is present in this herb soothes congestion. Other compounds present in hyssops, such as diosmin and ursolic acid, relieve inflammation.


Coffee contains the stimulants theobromine and theophylline, which expand the airways and prevent bronchospasms. It also accelerates heart rate and increases blood flow, leading to a speedier recovery.


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


Parsley inhibits the release of histamine in the body and is traditionally used to cure coughs.


Inhaling peppermint oil makes breathing easier when congested and can also be used in tea to provide quick relief from cold symptoms.

Pleurisy Roots

It assists breathing and suppresses inflammation of the lungs, making it highly effective in curing chronic colds, congestion, and chest complaints.

Garlic, Onion, and Shallots

According to the book, Prescription for Herbal Healing, these vegetables contain quercetin and mustard oils, which inhibit the enzyme lipooxygenase, which is responsible for releasing inflammatory chemicals and easing congestion.

Chamomile and Elderberry

Chamomile flowers and its essential oil or the flowers and bark of Elderberry plants are used in steam inhalations to provide relief from nasal and chest congestion.

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Ginger and Eucalyptus

The Aromatherapy Book lists the many benefits of ginger in curing tonsillitis and sore throat. Ginger can be infused with honey or brewed with tea to reap these health benefits.


Myrrh oil is beneficial in curing various conditions of the bronchi and is also used as incense.


It forms a major component of many balms and rubs for treating cold symptoms. It is anti-inflammatory and soothes many aches that are associated with congestion.


It warms up the body and cures sore throats. Cinnamon is generally used in powdered form or its essential oil is occasionally inhaled to provide relief.

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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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