6 Best Home Remedies for Pneumonia

Home remedies are a great natural option for strengthening the immune system and helping with pneumonia treatment, especially because they can help relieve some typical symptoms such as cough, fever and muscle pain.

However, these remedies do not replace medical treatment, since pneumonia can be a very serious infection, that requires a medical assessment to understand whether more specific medication is necessary, like antivirals or antibiotics. Whenever possible, home remedies should be used under your doctor's supervision. 

Some of the best, and scientifically proven, home remedies to relieve pneumonia symptoms include:

To lower a fever

6 Best Home Remedies for Pneumonia

Some good home remedies that are proven to lower fever are:

1. Peppermint tea compresses 

This is a simple, but yet very effective, way to treat a fever, as it allows the body temperature to lower in a matter of minutes. This works because peppermint leaves contain some substances, like menthol, which help to cool down the skin.

What you need to do is dip two compresses, or a clean cloth, in a bowl with warm peppermint tea, and squeeze out excess liquid. Finally, place the compresses, or the cloth, on your forehead and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. You can do this several times a day. Just make sure the tea is neither hot or cold, as this could can cause a thermal shock.

2. White willow tea 

White willow is a medicinal plant with a very strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, which helps fight headaches and relieve fever, as it has a very similar substance as the one found in aspirin - salicin. 

Therefore, this tea is a perfect natural option to relieve several of pneumonia symptoms, such as headaches, fever, and muscle pain.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of white willow bark;
  • 1 cup of boiling water. 

Preparation method

Place the white willow bark in a cup of boiling and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Then strain the mixture and let it cool down. Drink two to three times a day.

Ideally, this tea should only be used by adults and the contraindications are the same as aspirin, which include pregnant women, and people who have a higher risk of bleeding., such as those who use anticoagulant medication.

For cough relief

6 Best Home Remedies for Pneumonia

For cough relief, some home options that are very effective include:

3. Thyme tea

Thyme is a medicinal plant that is used for treating a cough, and that is recognized by the FDA and European Medicines Agency (EMA) [1] as a natural ingredient for cough medication.

According to a study done in 2006  [2], this effect may be related to the presence of flavonoids in the plant, which helps in relaxing the throat muscles, as well as relieving any possible inflammation of the airways.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of ground thyme;
  • 1 cup of boiling water.

Preparation method

Place the thyme in the boiling water and let it sit for ten minutes. Then strain and let it cool down. Drink two to three times a day.

Thyme tea is safe for adults and children over two years old, but in the case of pregnant women, it should only be used with the supervision of an obstetrician. Some people may have an allergy to thyme, therefore if any possible allergic reaction appears it is recommended to interrupt it's use immediately.

4. Pineapple juice 

Due to it's high composition in bromelain, pineapple juice is a good natural option for relieving coughs, as this substance is able to inhibit a cough. 

In addition, since it has high amounts of vitamin C, pineapple juice also helps strengthen the immune system and reduces the inflammation of the respiratory system.

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of pineapple without the skin on;
  • ½ cup of water.

Preparation method

Crush the ingredients in a blender and drink two to three times a day, or whenever you have a coughing fit.

As it is a completely natural juice, this home remedy can be used by adults or children, as well as pregnant women.

To relieve muscle pain

6 Best Home Remedies for Pneumonia

Some easy and great home remedies to decrease muscle pain, and general malaise, include:

5. Ginger tea 

Ginger is a medicinal root that has high concentrations of gingerol and shogaol, which both have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. This means that ginger can help reduce any type of pain, especially muscle pain and general malaise.

In addition, the phenolic composites of ginger also have a strong antioxidant effect, helping to strengthen the immune system.

Ingredients

  • 1 cm of ground fresh ginger root;
  • 1 cup of boiling water.

Preparation method

Place the ginger into the boiling water and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Then strain, cool, and drink two to three times a day.

Ginger is a safe root that can be used in adults and children over two years old. In addition, it is also considered safe during pregnancy, as long as a one gram dose of ginger per day is not exceeded, and for a maximum of four days straight.

6. Echinacea tea

Echinacea is a very well know plant for strengthening the immune system, however, it is also quite effective in relieving body inflammation and has an analgesic effect that can help relieve muscle pain and general malaise.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of dry Echinacea flowers;
  • 1 cup of boiling water.

Preparation method

Place the dry flowers into a cup with the boiling water and let them sit for five to ten minutes. Then, strain the flowers, let the tea cool down and drink it two to three times a day.

Echinacea is a very safe plant that can be used by adults, children over the age of two, and even pregnant women, as long as it is being used under medical supervision.

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