Honey is thick, golden liquid made from honeybees, and while one might not think it’d be useful in relieving conditions like bronchitis, it’s actually a very effective treatment. Honey is the result of an intricate process that occurs when bees ingest the nectar of flowering plants. The nectar mixes with enzymes in the bees extra stomach, or ‘crop’, and then is regurgitated back into the hive. There, it’s fanned by more bees, and slowly evaporates into the honeycomb where it hardens to become honey as we know it.
Honey is full of nutrition, and has been used in various cultures for over two thousand years. It contains important nutrients like riboflavin, vitamin C and vitamin B6, as well as minerals like manganese, copper and iron.
Honey possesses antimicrobial properties that make it an effective remedy for many symptoms of bronchitis, colds and flu. It speeds up the healing of wounds, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Though honey can’t cure bronchitis, it’s very effective in providing relief. It alleviates congestion, coughing and eases inflammation of the throat. Extremely easy to ingest, as eating a teaspoon of it is enough to feel benefits. Or simply mix it into some warm water with lemon for a soothing tea.
Onion is likely one of the most popular vegetables throughout the world. Used in almost every cuisine, it’s a very high source of many nutrients and vitamins, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals and phytonutrients are naturally occurring compounds of fruits and vegetables that trigger healthy reactions in the human body, and onions are full of them.
Onions are antimicrobial and antioxidants which is likely due to the large amounts of sulfurs they contain. They’re full of vitamins C and B6, magnesium, iron, calcium and folate, and as they contain very little calories and sodium, they’re an extremely healthy vegetable.
Onions are effective in soothing bronchitis symptoms as they’re an expectorant, so they help the body liquefy phlegm and prevent formation of more.
Take one teaspoon of onion juice in the morning to aid bronchitis, but if that’s a bit too harsh for your palate, just add it to some boiling water. Allow to cool, then add in some honey, and enjoy. As a large majority of the flavonoids and other healthy ingredients are found in the outer skin, be sure to ingest as much as possible through a healthy diet as well.
8. Epsom Salt
Despite the name, Epsom salt is not salt. They’re a naturally occurring mineral compound named after a saline spring found in Epsom, England. Consisting mostly of magnesium and sulfate, they’re readily absorbed through the skin and as such, are very easy to get into our system.
There are many health benefits to using Epsom salts. The large amounts of magnesium are thought to promote relaxation and reduce irritability, as well as aiding in sleep by lowering effects of adrenaline.
Epsom salts have also been shown to reduce inflammation and muscle pain, supports proper nerve function, relaxes the nervous system, soothes aches, promotes wound healing, draws toxins from the body and aids in relief from congestion.
This makes it beneficial in treating bronchial issues, and simply adding a cup to your bath is enough to gain benefits. Rest in the water for at least 20 minutes each night while you are suffering from bronchitis. Alternatively, you can mix Epsom salts with hot water until it forms a paste, then apply on your chest and back for soothing comfort.
9. Sesame Seeds
These tiny, nondescript little seeds don’t seem like they’d pack such a powerhouse punch of health benefits, but they do. Taken from the extremely resilient plants of the Sesasum genus, studies have shown that they can prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, build strong bones, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, boost respiratory health, detoxify the body, and much more.
Different cultures have been using sesame seeds for almost 4000 years, both medicinally and in food. They’re high in nutritional content and are full of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, fiber, folate, protein, and tryptophan among others.
Sesame seeds are believed to be antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, and they aid in metabolic function as well as promote skin, hair and oral health. The distinct, nutty flavor makes sesame seeds relatively tasty to ingest, and you can do so by simply eating a mixture of one teaspoon of sesame seeds with one teaspoon of honey and a sprinkling of salt. Alternatively, grind them up into a powder and mix with water for a nightly drink.
Though they’re technically a seed, they can still cause an allergic reaction among those with nut allergies, so be wary. Too much can irritate the stomach and colon, but the right amount can aid in bronchitis relief.
Water makes up 50-80% of our body weight, but an inadequate amount of fluids can negatively affect our bodily functions and daily performance. Bronchitis and other conditions can cause us to become dehydrated much quicker than usual, so when we find we’re unwell, it’s important to keep our fluid intake up.
Thirst is a symptom of dehydration, so by the time you feel parched you are likely to already be dehydrated. Other symptoms can include infrequent urination, dark urine, fatigue, dizziness and confusion.
Staying properly hydrated helps loosen congestion by thinning out the mucus that creates it. Drinking warm water encourages healing, soothes irritation, and helps break up and expel sputum.
Remember to have a drink every one to two hours. Refrain from drinking anything containing alcohol or caffeine, as this will only dehydrate you further.
When dealing with bronchitis, it’s important to get as much rest as possible. Overexertion can worsen your condition and if bronchitis remains untreated, it can develop into pneumonia. If your symptoms last longer than three weeks, you begin coughing up blood or grow feverish, make sure you consult with your doctor or a licensed physician.