Eucalyptus and Peppermint. Cooling and soothing; help with symptoms of pneumonia.

Thyme. Shown to be an effective alternative to antibiotics for superbugs.

Lavender and Clove. Effective in fighting common infection causes.

Ginger. May reduce inflammation of the respiratory tract and fight infections.

Studies suggest that clove has strong anti-microbial agents and exerts considerable control over Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which causes pneumonia.

Home Remedy
Bedtime Chest Rub. Mix 10  drops each of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Before bed, rub the mixture on your neck and chest. Leave it on overnight, then rinse it off in the morning. Repeat nightly until symptoms improve.

Pneumonia is an infection caused by bacteria or viruses that inflame the air sacs in one or both lungs, which may fill with fluid. For most people, pneumonia can be treated at home; it often clears up in two to three weeks. But older adults, infants and people with other diseases or a weakened immune system can become very ill. In the U.S., about 3 million cases of pneumonia are reported each year, and about 60,000 people die as a result of the condition. About one-third of cases occur in people over age 65. You may be more likely to present symptoms of the disease after having a cold or the flu; these illnesses make it hard for your lungs to fight infection, so it is easier to get pneumonia. Having a long-term, or chronic disease also makes you more likely to contract pneumonia. Symptoms of pneumonia include cough, fever, fast or labored breathing, chills, nausea, diarrhea, chest pain and extreme fatigue.

Suggested Supplements

» Elderberry. Supports healthy immune system response and fights viral invaders.

» Echinacea. Boosts the immune system; best taken at the first sign of illness (1,000 milligrams, two to three times daily).