Dec 03, 2014
Holy Basil, The herb is used to treat lung inflammation in India. For treating bronchitis, it's best to get an actual leaf of the plant if you can, and chew on it raw. You can also find holy basil teas online or at most natural food stores, although those may be less effective.
Malabar Nut, This can be used in combination with, or instead of, holy basil. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend chewing on the leaves, but in the U.S., you may be able to find only liquid extracts of the plant. If that's the case, take two teaspoonfuls three times daily, mixed with a little honey.
Turmeric, The benefits of turmeric which is another Ayurvedic remedy. Add one teaspoon to a full glass of milk, and take that concoction two to three times a day, with the first being early in the morning. It works best on an empty stomach.
Trikatu, Is a mixture of equal parts Piper nigrum (black pepper), Piper longum (long pepper, you may find only online), and dried ginger, it's thought to remove colds and congestion and act as a stimulant. Taking the mixture regularly also strengthens your immune system, which can fight off bouts of acute bronchitis.
Umcka, Comes from an African herb called Pelargonium sidoides, Umcka is an extract that has been found very effective at preventing not just bronchitis but sinusitis as well. In one trial, people who took it returned to work two days earlier than people receiving a placebo. You can find it in some natural health food stores and drugstores, or order it online.