Bronchitis often follows two to three days after the first symptoms of a cold. You get a dry, painful cough with whitish-yellowish mucus and feel a soreness behind the sternum. Headaches and loss of appetite are often among the typical symptoms.
If you do not feel better after two or three days, if you have a high fever, the mucus turns to greenish, or you seem to have other respiratory problems, you should consult a doctor.
Avoid working with solvent-based adhesives and sticks and be sure to stop smoking during this period.
Drink plenty of water, particularly suitable are mineral water, hot bronchial tea, which you can buy as a finished product in the pharmacy, and the well-tried hot milk with honey.
Moisturize your breathing air. To do this, it is best to hang damp cloths in the room and on the heating.
Steam bath: place two tablespoons of chamomile flowers and thyme herbs and four tablespoons of fennel in a saucepan into which you pour four liters of boiling water; let it rest for ten minutes. Then keep your face above the fumes and cover your head and pot with a towel. Inhale twice a day for at least ten minutes.
Treat yourself to a full herbal bath. Dissolve five drops of chamomile and tea tree oil in a teaspoon of 50% alcohol and pour into bath water.
Also helpful is an ascending herbal foot bath. Allow eight teaspoons of thyme and horsetail to boil in two liters of water for ten minutes and then simmer. Add the liquid to the bath water. Start the footbath at 35 degrees Celsius and allow hot water to run in until it reaches a temperature of 42 degrees Celsius.
To treat mucus and cramps in dry cough hot compresses on the chest and hot pads with mustard flour, mashed potatoes or hay flowers. Also onion wrap or Quarkwickel are helpful.
Mix three drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of olive oil and rub the breast, back and neck twice daily.
Rub your breasts with ointments containing eucalyptus, menthol and camphor.
With fever-free cough, rising arm and foot baths and then a chest wrap help.
If the cough is associated with fever, cold neck, chest or calf wrap is especially recommended.
Set up oil lamps with essential oils. Suitable oils are anise, eucalyptus, fennel, camphor, pine peppermint and thyme.
A home-made cough syrup made from garlic or onions has an expectorant effect: boil two finely chopped cloves of garlic or a chopped onion with three tablespoons of sugar candy and one eighth of a liter of water for ten minutes. After cooling, strain and drink by the spoon.
The following recipe also works to eliminate mucus: grate a radish and leave it to stand for several hours with plenty of honey. The settling juice they can take spoonful.
For chronic mucilage, place some figs and a clump of woodruff in potato brandy for a few days. Then take five drops in a little cough tea four times a day.
Grate 250 grams of fresh horseradish and mix with 10 grams of elderflower, ribwort and centaury, as well as 5 grams of lime blossom and wool flowers each. Leave this mixture for two days in a liter of white wine. Then the sud is squeezed, filtered and boiled with plenty of sugar. Bottles are bottled and take a glass of liqueur three to four times a day.
Mix 15 grams of coltsfoot, thyme and marshmallow with five grams of anise. Pour two teaspoons of this mixture with a quarter of a liter of boiling water, infuse for ten minutes and strain. Drink a cup three times a day.