An inflammation of the mucus membranes of the air passages in lungs, called bronchi, is known as bronchitis. It is caused by virus and in some cases, due to bacteria. The inflammation narrows down the passages leading to cough, phlegm, and irritation. While various over-the-counter medications are available commercially, teas brewed from herbs and spices are also equally powerful. They have a soothing and curative effective on the respiratory tract. Try out the below teas that help cure bronchitis.
Best Teas For Bronchitis
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1. Green Tea
With its excellent antibacterial and antioxidant properties, green tea is an effective remedy for bronchial infections and flu. It acts by strengthening the immune system and keeping the infections at bay.
- Take a teaspoon of green tea leaves in a strainer.
- Boil the water to approximately 180°F and pour it into a cup.
- Place the strainer on top of the cup such that the leaves are dipped in the water.
- Let the flavor of the leaves seep into the water for 2–3 minutes and not more than that.
- Remove the strainer and the tea is ready for consumption.
- You can alternatively use tea bags by dipping them for 2–3 minutes in hot water.
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2. Spice Tea
Spice tea contains ginger, clove, and cinnamon in equal proportions to churn out the best of antimicrobial properties. Ginger, apart from having antimicrobial qualities, also enhances circulation. This means faster removal of toxins and infection from the body. Clove relieves pain and induces sleep. Cinnamon is an active decongestant. Together, they have a warming and soothing effect on the body.
- In a cup of hot water, add a pinch of dry ginger powder, powdered clove, and ground cinnamon.
- Give it a mix and have it immediately.
- This tea can be consumed twice or thrice a day.
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3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile contains apigenin, which is an analgesic (pain reliever) and has antibacterial properties. It also induces sleep. Therefore, it acts as a perfect remedy for bronchitis.
- The simplest method of making a chamomile tea is to dip a chamomile tea bag in a cup of hot water.
- The other method is to add 2 tbsp of dried chamomile flowers in an infuser and placing it in a cup of boiling water after the heat supply is removed.
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4. Cardamom Tea
Cardamon, apart from imparting a lasting flavor, has healing properties. It is an effective decongestant and analgesic, helping treat bronchitis. Cineol and volatile oils in cardamom promote these benefits.
- Boil the water and switch off the heat supply.
- Add the tea leaves, cardamom pods, and milk and give it a stir.
- Add a bit of sugar to sweeten, if necessary.
- Switch on the stove again until the tea boils, and turn off the stove.
- Close with a lid for 5 minutes for the flavors to steep in.
- Consume hot.
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5. Eucalyptus Tea
Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce the phlegm and congestion in the bronchial tree. It also has antibacterial properties. Justs the smell of eucalyptus oil is an effective pain-reliever.
- Pour boiled water into a cup containing 1/2 tsp of dried eucalyptus leaves. These leaves are available in most of the health-care stores.
- Cover with a lid and let it steep for about 5–10 minutes.
- Add honey to enhance the taste.
- Consume warm.
These teas are mostly effective as a symptomatic treatment. In case, you do not find a relief from these remedies within 2 days, it is recommended that you consult a doctor soon. A dosage of antibiotics might be required if the infection is severe.