Oregano. Helps fight inflammation, viruses and respiratory infections.42

Eucalyptus. Works as an expectorant; helps cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms.

Peppermint. Clears the respiratory tract, unclogs the sinuses and offers relief for a scratchy throat.

Thyme. Supports draining and cleansing of the respiratory and lymphatic systems.

A 2009 study reported that the cineole commonly found in eucalyptus essential oil reduces respiratory exacerbations and improves lung function and health status. This study further suggests cineole to be an active controller of airway inflammation in COPD.

Home Remedy
Respiratory Ease. Make a steam bath by adding 4 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint and thyme oils to boiling water, placing a towel over your head and inhaling deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane in the bronchial tubes that typically causes bronchospasms and coughing. It often develops after another type of upper respiratory infection such as a cold or flu and can affect any age group. Antibiotics are the most common form of treatment, but conventional medications can lead to damaging side effects such as digestive issues. In cases of acute bronchitis, conventional antibiotics are of little value, as the root cause is viral. Some people develop chronic bronchitis—a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD—which is primarily caused by cigarette smoking or environmental irritants. More than 8 million people are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis each year.

Suggested Supplements

» Echinacea. Boosts immune system function. Also try a formulation that includes goldenseal.

» Vitamin C + NAC (N-Acetyl- Cysteine). A combo that naturally supports the immune system and can help improve respiratory pathways.