Bronchitis is defined as a respiratory disease which causes inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes in the bronchial passages of the lungs. Bronchitis can be caused in two forms, namely acute and chronic. The acute bronchitis usually lasts for one to three weeks. On the other hand, chronic bronchitis lasts for three months to two years, and usually requires regular medical treatment, as it is a serious long-term disorder.
Signs & Symptoms:
The common symptoms experienced by adults or children are chest pain or tightening of chest, complications in breathing, coughing with mucous (greenish or yellowish), fever, muscle ache, nasal congestion, and tiredness.
This respiratory disease is primarily caused by the bacteria or viruses which irritate the bronchial tubes. Some other causes of this ailment are as follows:
Changes in the atmosphere
Dusty air or fog
How To Cure:
The antiviral as well as antibacterial properties of honey are considered useful to treat bronchitis. Honey helps soothe the throat. Moreover, it also builds strong immune system. You can use honey in different ways such as:
Add one teaspoon of honey in a regular cup of tea.
Add half teaspoon of honey with a pinch of black pepper, fresh ginger paste, and 1-2 clove powder. Consume this paste to ward off burning sensation.
To reduce throat inflammation and congestion, add a few drops of lemon in warm water. Add one teaspoon honey to it and drink it after stirring well.
Slice an onion in a plate or bowl and cover it with honey. Leave it overnight. Now, remove onion slices and take one teaspoon of honey four times a day to get instant relief.
- Oregano Oil
In order to lessen the soreness and deep coughing, oregano oil can be used as a natural treatment. A person suffering from bronchitis has to put a few drops of oregano oil under his or her tongue. Use this remedy once a day to cure severe cough or uneasy breathe.
- Salt Water
Salt water has the ability to cut through the mucous which is causing irritation in the sensitive bronchial membranes. It also soothes the irritated throat. Add some salt in warm water and stir it well. Now, gargle with this warm salt water 3-4 times a day.
Note: It is very important to add the right quantity of salt in warm water, as excess salt can result in burning sensation in the throat. On the other hand, too less salt will not work effectively.