There are many medicinal herbs for bronchitis that can be used as a treatment and relief.

The main goal of these herbs is to restore the movement to the cilia (the tiny hairs that operate as filters in the bronchial tubes) and reduce the inflammation and swelling in the bronchial tubes.

Most medical professionals will explain that bronchitis is classified as a pulmonary disease. It is normally caused by the onset of some type of inflammation in the bronchial tubes, which are the air passages that lead to the lungs.

The inflamed bronchial tubes swell and thicken which makes the tiny hairs that operate as filters in the tubes become paralyzed. Additionally, the inflammation brings on thick mucus and very often a wheezing cough. One normally feels some difficulty in breathing and there is a constant urge to cough out the mucus.

herbs for bronchitis

Medicinal herbs for bronchitis relief

Common and Easily Available Herbs for Bronchitis

Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia, echniacea purpurea )

Echinacea is a plant native to North America. It was used quite liberally by Native Americans, specifically the Nations of the Great Plains. It is probably the most popular herbal remedy for bronchitis. Many researchers have found that the echinacea herb provides strong immune system support. Supporting the immune system during times of illness allows the body to better fight off infections more rapidly. There are also some researchers who have suggested that it has strong antiviral properties. One of the reasons it is recommended as a good herbal remedy for bronchitis is that it seems to promote respiratory cellular activity.

Golden seal (Hydrastis canadensis )

Golden seal is another herb for bronchitis. It was used by Native Americans for many hundreds of years. The Cherokee used it to help fight local inflammations, while the Iroquois used it to heal diarrhea, liver disease, whooping cough, and pneumonia. Golden seal is native to North America and grows abundantly. Golden seal contains berberine which many herbalists have found to be beneficial in fighting off infections caused by some bacteria, fungi and yeast. There is also some who believe that it stimulates the heart and can be effective in reducing fevers.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme grows naturally in the Mediterranean region of Europe and is now cultivated in abundance in the US. This wonderfully fragrant herb has been used in connection with a number of conditions but it is best known as an herbal remedy for bronchitis. However, there has also been success in using this herb for the natural treatment of coughs (including whooping cough and spasmodic coughs), indigestion and infections. Its oil has been used throughout history to treat topical fungal infections and can even be found in some toothpaste to help fight gingivitis.

In Germany, the regulatory agency for herbs, Commission E, has now allowed thyme to be labeled to treat symptoms of both bronchitis and whooping cough. Additionally, researchers in both England and Germany are reporting that a combination of Primula (Primula veris L) and thyme was as equally effective for the natural treatment of bronchitis as some of the more common synthetic medications.

Other natural herbs that have traditionally been used for bronchitis treatment.

  • Anise – (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Garlic – (Allium sativum)
  • White Horehound – (Marrubium vulgare)
  • Horseradish – (Armoracia rusticana)
  • Slippery Elm – (Ulmus rubra)
  • Lobelia – (Lobelia inflata)
  • Ivy Leaf – (Hedera helix)
  • Common Plantain – (Plantago major)
  • Mugwort – (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Hyssop – (Hyssopus officinalis)
  • Elecampane – (Inula helenium)
  • Dandelion – (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Agrimony – (Agrimonia eupatoria)
  • Lavender – (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • American Ginseng – (Panax quinquefolius)
  • Sweet Orange – (Citrus sinensis)
  • Dwarf Milkwort – (Polygala amarella)
  • Bletilla – (Bletilla striata)
  • Hepatica – (Anemone hepatica)
  • Balloon Flower – (Platycodon grandiflorus)
  • Galangal – (Alpinia officinarum)
  • Barberry – (Berberis vulgaris)
  • Licorice – (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Marshmallow Root – (Althea officinalis)
  • Saw Palmetto – (Serenoa repens)
  • Great Mullein – (Verbascum thapsus)
  • Stinging Nettle – (Urtica dioica)
  • Myrrh – (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Grindelia – (Grindelia squarrosa)
  • Juniper – (Juniperus communis)
  • Malabar Nut – (Adhatoda vasica)
  • Pleurisy Root – (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Andrographis – (Andrographis paniculata)
  • Flaxseed – (Linum usitatissimum)
  • Borage – (Borago officinalis)
  • Common Mallow – (Malva sylvestris)
  • Styrax Benzoin – (Styrax benzoin)
  • Pipsissewa – (Chimaphila umbellata)
  • Devil’s Bit Scabious – (Succisa pratensis)
  • Henbane – (Hyoscyamus niger)
  • Burnet Saxifrage – (Pimpinella saxifraga)
  • Angelica(Angelica archangelica)
  • Hedge Mustard(Sisymbrium officinale)
  • Bay laurel – (Laurus nobilis)
  • Asarabacca – (Asarum europaeum)
  • Camphor Tree – (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • What to Keep in Mind When Using Medicinal Herbs for Bronchitis

    Always consult your physician, herbalist, naturopathic physician, or other health care practitioner before starting using herbal remedies for bronchitis.

    It is advisable to discuss any and all herbs, vitamins, or other medications that one is taking or considering taking with their health care practitioner.

    It is not advisable to continue taking herbs for bronchitis if the symptoms do not begin to show improvement.

    Thordur Sturluson
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    Thordur Sturluson

    A biologist, zoologist, scuba-diver, blogger and aspiring herbalist with interest in nature conservation, animal protection, herbal medicine and medicinal plants.
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