Every year, bronchitis strikes me like a ton of bricks. Sore throat, headache and the dreaded hacking cough are no stranger to me. How I deal with bronchitis may not work for everyone but I wanted to share with you my natural go to self-care routine when bronchitis strikes.
Bronchitis is defined as the inflammation of the bronchial tubes, or the tubes that carry oxygen to your lungs. The most common cause of acute bronchitis are viruses or bacteria, but irritants in the air such as air pollution, fragrances, smoke and other allergens can cause the bronchial tubes to become inflamed and irritated.
So what can you do besides sucking down mega doses of cough syrup? Here are the 4 natural remedies I find help me heal.
GET PLENTY OF REST
Rest is the best thing you can do for your body to begin the healing process especially since bronchitis will leave you fatigued and drained. If you’re able, take time off from work to care for yourself. Spend your rest time in a comfortable position that will not make your cough worse. Give yourself permission to get away from distractions and just rest. Your body heals best when it receives adequate sleep, so take a nap in front of the TV or take a warm bath and then curl up in the bed.
When you’re sick, your body needs hydration especially while trying to heal inflammation. Stay hydrated with herbal teas, warm water with lemon, and broth based soups. My go to teas are ones with herbs designed to assist in respiratory healing, like Traditional Medicinal’s Breathe Easy tea or the Chinese herbal tea I get from my acupuncturist called Ban Lan Gen Chong Ji.
USE A HUMIDIFIER
Breathing humidified air helps lessen the irritation in your lungs making you cough less. Be sure to clean the humidifier if you haven’t used it in a while. You do not want to breathe in the mold spores or bacteria that may be hiding in the water reservoir. And be sure to used distilled water in your humidifier. Hard water particles like lime and calcium may be launched into the air when sent through the humidifier and may make the irritation in your lungs worse.
TRY ESSENTIAL OILS
Therapuetic grade Doterra Eucalyptus oil can help with easing coughing, inflammation, and congestion. Try adding one or two drops of eucalyptus oil in your hands, rub your hands together to warm the oil, and then cup both hands to the sides of your nose and breathe deeply. You will feel the cooling effects of the eucalyptus oil immediately when you do this. I also love to add a few drops to my humidifier to diffuse in the air while I’m resting. Eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries and it is known as the “Oil of Wellness” because it can assist the body with fighting off respiratory infections, like bronchitis, the flu, sinusitis, and rhinitis (the common cold).
Do you have natural remedies that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.