herbal remedies

Winter can touch your lungs and cause respiratory issues. The cold, dry air and the temperature dropping constantly can cause many respiratory problems like cold, flu, and much more. The health of your organs depends on the strength of your lungs and respiratory system. 

The harmful particles in the air can cause issues with your respiratory system and further damage it, which is why it is essential to safeguard it. Herbal remedies are the best when it comes to taking care of your health and especially your respiratory system. There are herbal remedies for different diseases. Let’s talk about their herbal remedies in detail -

Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu

Cold and flu are the most common things that people go through during chilly weather. According to Ayurveda, there are several ways to treat the cold with herbal remedies at home. 

  • Garlic: 

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Garlic is one of the most popular herbal remedies for cold and flu. It helps in fighting the cold because garlic has allicin which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can use garlic in soup, food, drink, or raw as per your wish. Garlic can also have side effects, like dizziness, headache, and bad breath, but it will help treat the cold. 

  • Honey: 

Honey is another herbal remedy that can be used to treat cold and flu. It has antioxidants that help in reducing cold and feeling better. Honey is also one of the most favored medicines by parents for their kids. Various honey-flavored medicines help in treating the cold but taking honey directly is one of the most effective methods. 

  • Ginger: 


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Ginger is an excellent remedy for cough, cold and sore throat, and it is used as a traditional Chinese medicine to get rid of cold. It helps in clearing runny nose, headaches, shoulder aches, and much more. According to Ayurveda, ginger is one of the best remedy for cough and cold. You can add ginger to the tea with a few drops of lemon to make it more effective. 

Treat Bronchitis with Herbal Remedies

Bronchitis is a respiratory disease that is caused by bacteria, but there are various herbal remedies to treat it. Herbal remedies help in faster treatment. 

  • Turmeric: 

Turmeric has various properties to fight against bronchitis. It has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects, which can boost your immunity and help eliminate the cold. 

  • Honey and lemons: 

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Honey and lemons are a great combination of herbal remedies for bronchitis. It can help in soothing dry coughs and sore throats. 

Asthma and Herbal Remedies

If you have severe asthma and there is nothing that is helping in relieving your symptoms, then try some herbal remedies because they might help. According to Ayurveda, using herbal remedies for asthma can help in reducing the symptoms. 

  • Black seed:

Black seed is one of the effective ways to treat asthma, and according to a study, the seeds help in soothing asthma symptoms and inflammation. 

  • Honey: 


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Honey is a herbal remedy for many respiratory-related issues, cold, congestion, and much more. Honey can help with the airways and decreases the tickle that causes cough. If you feel that your asthma is getting severe, you can start by taking two teaspoons of honey at night to reduce your cough. If you do not want to take honey directly, you can infuse it with other herbs to ease the symptoms and feel better. 

  • Clove: 

Cloves are not only used in the kitchen but can also act as a herbal remedy for asthma. You can make a decoction to treat your asthma. You need to take the clove powder and tulsi and boil it in the water with some black pepper. According to Ayurveda, it can help in giving ease to asthma symptoms. 

Herbal Remedies for Emphysema

Emphysema is also known as COPD, which damages the air sacs in the lungs and limits airflow while breathing. It can cause issues in respiratory support which is why there are various herbal remedies you can try to treat it. 

  • Ginseng:


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It is a traditional Asian herb that can help in giving relief to COPD symptoms. Taking ginseng can help in improving breathing issues and can provide respiratory support. 

  • Curcumin: 

Curcumin is found in turmeric, which is a spice used mainly in curries. It is one of the traditional Asian medicines which helps in airway inflammation. Curcumin can help fight COPD because it is known for its antioxidant properties. According to the research, curcumin can prevent a lot of conditions because of its properties. 

  • Eucalyptus oil: 

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It is a natural compound that has various benefits and can give relief to people who are suffering from COPD. It opens up the airways in the lung and helps with respiratory support. It also helps clear the mucus from the lungs, which can help prevent severe COPD. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can help in easing the symptoms of COPD. 

Remedies for Congestion

Cold, stuffy nose and sinuses are no fun. It can make you feel drowsy and lazy, give you headaches, and much more. The excess mucus can cause nasal congestion, which is caused by the swollen blood vessels in the sinuses. Various herbal remedies treat congestion and prevent it from getting worse. 

  • Ginger: 

Ginger is an effective herb that can help in preventing congestion symptoms. It is also very beneficial for overall health and soothes the digestive system. Ginger also helps in improving circulation and is an immune booster. You can try ginger tea in order to ease nasal congestion and headaches. 

  • Basil: 


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Basil can also help in giving relief to congestion. It is more powerful when it is fresh, and you can mix it into the food to consume it. 

  • Cinnamon: 

Cinnamon is another great herbal remedy to get rid of congestion and treat it. Cinnamon helps in improving circulation because of its antiviral properties. You can combine cinnamon with other herbs in order to make it more effective.


Herbal remedies are always the best to go with as they help relieve respiratory issues and are also great for overall health. Next time you feel uneasy because of cold, flu, congestion, or anything, try these herbal remedies to soothe the symptoms. 

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