Trudging Thru Bronchitis
with Natural and Alternative Remedies
It’s that wonderful time of year! Festive lights, holiday parties, places to go, and people to see…. oh yes let us not forget about germs galore! A few weeks ago we had a shift in weather here in southern California. We went from enjoying highs in the 70’s and 80’s to chilling in the 60’s. It appears that winter has decided to come early and knock my area into the 50’s for daytime highs. While I am looking forward to wearing my new winter jacket as much as possible this year and sitting by the fire, I don’t like how my body has chosen to react to these shifts.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I came down with bronchitis. In the past I would treat it with over the counter cough medications or prescription cough syrups if the pain became too intense. I stopped using both several years ago for a couple of reasons. The first being that they all are artificially colored and flavored. With my daughter being allergic to red dye and I being sensitive to dyes, we had to find alternatives. Another reason I refuse to treat my cough with OTC or prescription syrups is that they mess with my stomach and head. I would rather not have to add diarrhea to my list of problems. It’s been a few years since I have had bronchitis and the last time I was prescribed a syrup with codeine. I experienced the worst night terrors and hallucinations that were so terrifying that no amount of bribery could ever get me to take that poison again. Minus a cough syrup, my doctor says there is nothing else he can do….. But there is plenty that I can and do to treat it naturally and alternatively.
I use local organic honey as a cough suppressant. It helps coat my throat and doesn’t upset my stomach. I am currently using a wildflower honey that tastes and smells amazing! I get mine from Hallelujah Honey.
Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. I make no claims that any of the remedies mentioned will cure or heal you of any disease or illness. I am only sharing how these help me and my family. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways in my Fitness Buddy and Disneyability groups on Facebook.
To battle the pain I experience from coughing, I rub my favorite CBD topical oil from Bio CBD+ all over my chest and ribcage. This helps keep my muscles from reacting to the pain I experience in my ribcage. The scent is light and not off-putting like many other brands.
The most important part of my bronchitis battle plan is the use of PEMF therapy. If you are not familiar with PEMF therapy, it is the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields. While there are many different types of devices available, click here to see some of them, my favorite is Oska Pulse. I like it for several reasons. The first being that it actually works!! And by works, I mean it does a better job of loosening the crud in my chest, making it move, and relieving pain in my ribcage than any prescription medication I have ever been prescribed. The best part is there are NO side effects!! It doesn’t upset my stomach, nor does it cause nightmares or hallucinations. Another perk? it is portable!! There are no cords to plug into the wall to use, just charge the battery and go! I can go about whatever activities I want while treating my aches and pains whenever I want.
With this trio I have yet to spend a day in bed unable to do anything. I began coming down with this latest bout while at Disneyland on Thanksgiving day. With all the walking I was doing I didn’t want to stop the treatment on my lower back, so I waited to treat my chest until Saturday. When I woke up that morning, it hurt to breathe. After two treatments, the crud began to move and I could breathe without pain. I have been taking it easy since the weekend. For me taking it easy is allowing for naps when my body demands them, running PEMF treatments on my chest and ribcage all day long, and sitting at my desk working in my home office. My daughter has also come down with the crud. As you can see in the picture, she too is using her Oska Pulse to keep the crud in her chest from settling in. One thing she and I have both noticed since we began using PEMF therapy (two years for me, eight months of daily use for her), is that the length and severity of the colds and crud we catch is far less than anything we have experienced in the past. While that is fantastic, we just like that our trio of remedies don’t come with a side of harmful chemicals. Full disclosure: My daughter and I are taking one medication, our allergy pills to dry us up. But that is it and it is the only medication we ever take and we only take as needed, not daily.
What are some of your favorite natural or alternative cough remedies?