Continuing with A Journalist Reveals’ series on Common Winter Complaints, today, we are sharing a post on some supplements to reduce risk of bronchitis. This is a sequel to the article on lifestyle changes to avoid bronchitis. Inputs: Dr. Vinod Kumar Tiwari, head of Research and Development, Planer Herbs Lifesciences.
Some Supplements to Reduce Risk of Bronchitis:
- Foods rich in Vitamin C – By boosting the immune system, Vitamin C decreases the duration and severity of colds and other virus-caused respiratory issues. Thus, broccoli, red and green peppers, kale kiwi oranges, strawberries, grapefruit and guava can be added to the diet.
- Astragalus – An immune-building plant, Astragalus helps to strengthen weak lungs and increase our infection-fighting ability. Astragalus root can be used as a supportive therapy to boost immunity and fight such conditions like bronchitis. This herb should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Essential Oil of Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus oil is considered a helpful remedy for bronchitis sufferers. Cineole, the main ingredient of eucalyptus, reduces shortness of breath ad exacerbations. At the same time, it improves lung function. Studies have determined that cineole actively controls and reduces airway inflammation. A steam bath with eucalyptus oil can be helpful. 10 drops of the oil are mixed with a bowl filled with boiling water. Leaning over the bowl and covering our head with a towel, we have to inhale the vapor deeply for 5-10 minutes. 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with equal quantities of coconut oil can be applied directly to the chest as vapor rub.
- Peppermint oil – The essential effect of this oil is a cooling and a calming one to the body. It can also exterminate microbes and clear the respiratory tract. Bronchitis can be relieved by inhaling the oil directly from the bottle. This unclogs the sinuses and eases a sore throat. A warm compress can help to apply 2-3 drops of the oil on the chest. However, this oil is contraindicated for children below 18 years. Avoid use of this during pregnancy and breastfeeding.