Pneumonia is a very common but a potentially lethal infection of the lungs. It is one of the leading respiratory conditions that can cause death especially in young children and elderly people. It is caused by virus or bacteria depending on the strain of the parasite.
The most common symptoms of pneumonia are fever, chills, shortness of breath, production of mucous and general malaise. Severe chest congestion can also occur. Certain home remedies along with medications can help to treat and reduce the severity of the symptoms.
Remedies for Pneumonia
Have only turmeric milk if you are suffering from pneumonia. Take the milk very hot, as it is soothing to the throat. The turmeric has medicinal as well as anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that help to kill the germs present in a person’s system.
You can also drink copious amounts of ginger tea throughout the day. Grate some ginger and infuse the ginger in boiling water before adding tea leaves to the ginger water. You can make the tea mild so that it does not generate acidity.
A special herbal tea made at home helps to eliminate sneezing and cough symptoms caused by pneumonia. Grate some ginger in water. Now to this water add some basil leaves, honey, a stick of cinnamon, some black peppercorns and a few cloves. Let the water boil for at least 15 minutes on slow heat. Strain the water and sip on this hot tea throughout the day.
These seeds are helpful in treating pneumonia as they help to expel the contents of the lungs like the phlegm and the mucous. Take some sesame seeds in water and to the water add a pinch of salt, some linseeds and a tablespoon of honey. Now have this water.
Honey and Lime Tea
Squeeze the juice of a lime in warm water and add some honey to it. Sip on this water. The lime juice has vitamin C, which helps to enhance the immunity of the person.
Ginger powder of ‘saunth’ is a popular Indian spice. Take some fresh ginger and ginger powder. Combine the two in a glass of warm water and drink this water to get relief from a sore and achy throat.
The person should be made to stay warm. Keep the person away from cold temperatures and winds and make sure that he/she is wrapped up well in a blanket. Special care must be taken for the chest and it should be kept warm and well covered.
Camphor and Turpentine Oil
Mix some camphor, turpentine oil, and apply it on the chest. Massage it well. The heat generated from the massage will give a lot of warmth and relief especially to the chest.
Make sure you take in enough of fluids throughout the day. Sip on warm water and fresh juices if your system can digest these well. The juices will also enhance your immunity and help to fight off the infection. It is very important to prevent dehydration in the body.
There is nothing like steam inhalation to clear the chest and lungs and take out all the mucous. Take a pot of boiling water and immerse your head over the pot to take in the steam. Cover your head with a towel so that the steam does not escape. You can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to this water. The eucalyptus oil is very good for relieving nasal and chest congestion caused in pneumonia.
Hot Water and Saline Gargles
Doing saline gargles is also very good at eliminating cough and a sore throat. Take a pinch of salt, put it in the water, and gargle with this water as often as you can. The gargles will give relief from a sore, scratchy and itchy throat.
Make sure you give enough rest to your body. Stay in bed and get as much sleep as you can as this will help to fight off the infection and help your body to recover faster in the long run.
Paracetamol and Water
Everyone has paracetamol at home. Break a tablet in water. You can also use disprin tablet. Gargle with this disprin water to eliminate a sore and achy throat.
If you have a raging fever, ask someone to wash your body down with ice-cold compresses to bring the fever down. However, this can be tricky if you have chest congestion. It is better to simply stick to fever reducing medications to eliminate the fever.
Lemon Juice and Warm Water
Take some lemon juice and squeeze it into the water. Add a dash of honey and rock salt to the water. Now sip on this water throughout the day to get relief from pneumonia symptoms.
Spinach Juice and Carrot Juice
Make sure you take spinach juice and carrot juice daily. These not only enhance the immunity of a person but also help to strengthen the lungs and make them stronger in the process.
Pneumonia can get aggravated with environmental allergens and pollutants so make sure that you stay in a well-vaporized and humidified room. Use a humidifier for this purpose.
Suck on Ginger and Throat Lozenges
You can also suck on ginger and throat lozenges throughout the day. These help to reduce the cough and eliminate the wheezing sensation in the lungs.
Do Deep Breathing
If you feel breathless or find it difficult to breathe, make sure that you do deep breathing exercises throughout the day. This will help to clear and strengthen the lungs and help you breathe easier as you get on with your day.
Use Heating Pads
Make sure that you use heating pads and compresses on the chest. These bring warmth to the chest and help to reduce the discomfort and unease felt in the chest. These home remedies with medications and lifestyle changes will help to ease your symptoms and cure the ailment. Do not hesitate to see a doctor if your symptoms get worse.