Bronchitis is a difficult to treat respiratory problem that can make your life a living hell. It usually starts as a common cold, but the inflammation in your bronchial tubes’ lining can cause severe cough with a thick mucus discharge. Left untreated, bronchitis can cause damage to your lung tissue which can have serious consequences on your health.
The condition is usually treated with prescribed medications, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding smoke and fumes and using an inhalator. If your bronchitis is chronic, you may need to use oxygen supplementation and oral steroids. However, all these medications can have adverse side-effects, which is why we recommend treating the condition with the natural remedy we have for you today.
Bronchitis home remedy
The remedy contains some of the most powerful natural ingredients against coughs and sore throat. Here’s what you need:
- 400 ml. of boiling water
- 2 medium-sized ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons of organic honey
Peel the bananas first and mash them with a fork, then add them to a pot of boiling water and steep the mixture for half an hour. Next, leave the remedy to cool down and add the honey then drink 100 ml. of it 4 times a day. Continue with the process 5 days in a row preparing a fresh batch every morning.
Health benefits of the ingredients
This tropical fruit is really amazing – it contains numerous essential vitamins and minerals, as well as protein, carbs, fiber and antioxidants. They are rich in dopamine and catechins, powerful antioxidants that have great health benefits. Dopamine is related to improving your mood and acts as a strong antioxidant which is what you need when you sick.
According to scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, bananas are also rich in manganese, a mineral that can accelerate wound healing and repair the damage in the lung tissue caused by bronchitis. Research conducted at the University shows that an enzyme called manganese superoxide dismutase is the main antioxidant enzyme in mitochondria, which are responsible for respiration and energy production in your cells. Mitochondria are very prone to oxidative stress which can be treated by this enzyme, which also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the lungs.
Bananas are also rich in banana lectin, a rare protein which can “mop-up” viruses until they are harmless. BanLec, as the protein is known, can stick to chains of sugar molecules, which is incredible as most viruses are covered in the exact kind of sugar molecules BanLec loves. Scientists say that this may be a great breakthrough in the field of antiviral agents. Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Nottingham, says that “Lectins have that potential as they are able to bind to the sugars present on the surface of a range of viruses including HIV, influenza, and Ebola, many of which have caused or have the potential to cause severe epidemics or even pandemics.”
Honey is a great natural remedy against many diseases, but it is mostly praised thanks to its soothing abilities on coughs and bronchitis. According to one study, a dose of buckwheat honey before going to bed can soothe your cough better than dextromethorphan. The WHO considers honey a safe demulcent which can soothe irritation in the throat.
Honey is a great source of numerous vitamins and minerals as well as some amino acids. The amount of these essential nutrients is even higher in Manuka honey, which is known for its healing properties.
Water is essential for the proper function of all organs in the body. It will keep you hydrated and regulate your body temperature while flushing out toxins, bacteria and viruses from your body.