How to Treat Bronchitis without Antibiotics

Some types of bronchitis can not be cured with antibiotics, while in other cases our body may have become resistant to them. However, it is always better to stick to natural remedies, as they are sometimes even more powerful than chemical medicines. Read below to learn how to effectively treat bronchitis without antibiotics and without any side effects that these drugs cause.

Wild Oregano is a Powerful Natural Antibiotic

Wild oregano (origanum vulgare) is a woody shrub native to the Mediterranean and is not to be confused with another common kitchen herb, known as origanum marjoram.

Wild oregano belongs to the mint family and is often called “nature’s antiseptic” due to its nontoxic, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Viruses that cause bronchitis do not respond to antibiotics, but oregano could be one of the most powerful herbs to fight them off. It efficiently battles viruses, bacteria, and fungi and is incredibly effective in healing many respiratory infections, such as bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, sore throats, coughs, pleurisy, obstructions of the lungs and other bacterial and viral infections.

Wild oregano is a powerful natural antibiotic that does not destroy good bacteria like prescribed antibiotics do, but on the contrary, it strengthens the immune system.

Researchers have found that wild oregano contains over 50 antibacterial compounds and has 42 times more antioxidant power than apples. Its most important antibacterial component is known as carvacol, a phenol anti-oxidant that boasts potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects, useful in treating infections resistant to drugs.

How to use wild oregano:

Wild oregano is available in capsules or as oil, as well as a fresh herb to prepare tea. It can be taken internally or used topically to help heal infections.

  • Take 250 milligrams in capsule form two times a day until symptoms subside.
  • Dilute a few drops of oregano oil in water or in a carrier oil and massage onto your chest.
  • Prepare tea by adding three to four drops of oregano oil to hot water, sweeten with honey and sip while hot. You can also use 1 teaspoon of fresh oregano to make an infusion.
  • Pour a few drops of oregano oil into a pot with boiling water. Place a towel over your head and inhale deeply.


Oregano oil can be harmful if used in excessive amounts, just like any other herb. If you are not experienced with capsule and oil dosage, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Oregano oil can decrease iron absorption and should therefore be taken at least two hours before or after consuming iron supplements.

Eucalyptus is Excellent for Relieving Bronchial Congestion

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Native to Australia and Tasmania, eucalyptus has been used for centuries for healing purposes.

Eucalyptus contains many beneficial constituents, such as tannins that help fight infections and flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants. Its major active ingredient is a substance called eucalyptol, which contains large amounts of cineol.

Cineol kills bacteria and fungi and has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and pain-relieving properties.

Eucalyptus is an excellent natural remedy that is extremely helpful in treating bronchitis without antibiotics. It acts as an expectorant and helps loosen phlegm, relieve congestion, soothe sore throat and coughs, treat sinusitis, and alleviate asthma and similar respiratory problems.

Herbalists and doctors often recommend inhaling eucalyptus steam to break up phlegm, relieve bronchial congestion and ease breathing.

How to use eucalyptus:

  • Add 5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into ½ liter of boiling water and inhale the steam.
  • Pour a few drops of eucalyptus oil into 1 tablespoon carrier oil and massage onto your chest.
  • Drink eucalyptus tea 4 times a day. Add 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus leaves into a cup of boiling water, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey.
  • Dilute 20 drops of eucalyptus tincture in a glass of warm water and drink 2 times a day, until symptoms disappear.


If you are not experienced with taking eucalyptus orally, consult your doctor first.
Do not exceed the recommended amounts, for it may be toxic.

Oral consumption of eucalyptus can interact with some other herbs and medications.

Tulsi – The Queen of the Herbs

Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is native to India where it has been revered as a sacred and essential herb for thousands of years.

Tulsi protects from many types of infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. It is exceptionally effective in mobilizing mucus and curing respiratory disorders such as chronic and acute bronchitis.

It is rich in compounds that boast antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Tulsi contains vitamin C, vitamin A and essential oils, such as camphene, eugenol and cineol that are excellent antioxidants with analgesic, anti-congestive, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. Owing to its numerous health benefits, this plant is also referred to as “the queen of herbs.”

Tulsi has the ability to relieve congestion and alleviate bronchitis and asthmatic conditions, by fighting what caused them. People who suffer from severe lung disorders caused by smoking, tuberculosis or lung cancer, should consume tulsi on a daily basis. Thanks to its anti-viral and antibacterial effects, tulsi is also capable of destroying all of the pathogens that cause fever.

How to use tulsi:

Tulsi is an important ingredient of many Ayurvedic bronchitis remedies, such as syrups and expectorants, but can also be used in oil or tea form.

  • Inhale or rub tulsi oil on the chest to ease breathing an alleviate congestion.
  • Prepare a tea, by infusing 7 to10 tulsi leaves in 1 cup boiling water. Drink it 4 times a day.
  • Crush 20 fresh tulsi leaves and mix them with ½ cup of honey. Take 1 teaspoon whenever you need.


It is not recommended to take tulsi together with anticoagulants and barbiturates, such as warfarin or phenobarbital, as it may increase the effects of these drugs.

Have you ever tried wild oregano, eucalyptus and tulsi to cure yourself? Do you know some other powerful herbs to treat bronchitis without antibiotics? Share in the comments!

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Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.


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