Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial passages in the lungs and is generally known as an upper respiratory tract infection. It can be a chronic problem for some people and acute for others. Chronic bronchial illness is usually defined as when the infection is present for more than 3 months a year.
Symptoms may include coughing, chest and nasal congestion and fever. The bronchial passages become inflamed and produce large amounts of mucous that are excreted as phlegm. The phlegm is particularly sticky and semi-fluid. There will be difficulty breathing. Some people will be hoarse, feel pain in the chest and experience a loss of appetite. Dry hacking cough may persist for several weeks after other symptoms have resolved.
Bronchial inflammation can be caused by viral infections like the common cold and the flu as well as by bacterial infections. If your bronchial passages are already irritated by chemical fumes, smoke, dust or air pollution, it increases the risk that bronchitis will develop. Acute attacks are more frequent in the presence of smoking, asthma, cold weather, poor nutrition, congestive heart failure or chronic pulmonary troubles.
Be sure to seek medical treatment if your cough lasts for more than one week, if you cough up blood at any time, or if you run a fever over 101 degrees F or that lasts for more than three days.
Herbal medicine can be taken to relieve chest symptoms and support immune system. These should not overlook professional advice as bronchitis is a serious condition.
For chest relief:
As a boost to the immune system:
To use Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Cypress make a steam with 2-3 drops of essential oil in bowl of boiling water. Cover head and inhale deeply for 10 minutes. This will relieve nasal congestion.
Other suggested blends are; lavender 4 drops and eucalyptus 5 drops.