Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, usually caused by a virus or bacteria.
It is notorious for being deadly among elderly populations and infants.
Recently, outbreaks in developed countries like the United States and Canada have had healthcare professionals concerned, but fortunately we have these natural remedies available so you can treat the infection at home.
1. Eat More Vegetable Proteins.
Animal-based proteins are hard to digest, especially when your body is fighting off an infection. When you’re sick, it’s important to get as much protein as possible from vegetable-based sources. Spinach, broccoli, and quinoa are all protein-packed plant-based foods that also have the advantage of being high in fibre, which helps keep you regular – another important thing when you’re sick.
2. Try A Grape Cleanse.
This cleanse was developed by Dr. Elliot M. Hass, M.D., as a means of clearing out the lungs. Combine eating only grapes or drinking freshly-squeezed grape juice with a tablespoon of olive oil twice daily and a morning and evening laxative tea to keep your intestines active, and maintain this diet for five to seven days, adding a glass of lemonade if the flavor of the grapes becomes too sweet – the grape juice will act as a tonic for your lungs, clearing out mucus and bacteria.
3. Take Pleurisy Root.
Pleurisy root has a long history of being used to treat respiratory infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and influenza. A natural anti-inflammatory and stimulant, it helps reduce the inflammation of the lungs and stimulates the lymphatic system, encouraging the secretion of healthy lung fluids.
4. Try This Garlic and Onion Drink.
Finely chop 4 to 6 garlic cloves and half an onion and blend it 8 to 10 ounces of water and 2 teaspoons of honey. Drink this in the morning, about half an hour before you eat your first meal, as well as throughout the day if you feel congested, to help open your bronchial passage and ease your coughing. Alimax, a neutraceutical that uses the active ingredient in garlic, alicin, is also a good natural remedy along these lines – unlike prescription antibiotics, which kill both good and bad bacteria, alicin targets bad bacteria while preserving good bacteria.
5. Take Oil Of Oregano.
More effective than most common antibiotic treatments in fighting off the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus, oil of oregano contains vitamin and nutrients required by the immune system to fight off infection. It is a natural decongestant and histamine reducer with direct benefits for the respiratory passage and nasal passage. Well worth stocking in your medicine cabinet, oil of oregano has many health benefits – many people experience a decrease in pneumonia symptoms simply with the daily application of a teaspoon of oil of oregano and a teaspoon of coconut oil directly to the chest.
Skullcap is often sold in traditional Chinese medicine shops and is best when combined with other natural antibiotic herbs, such as yellowroot, barberry, or goldenseal.
7. Potassium Broth.
When you have pneumonia, it’s important to get as much potassium as possible. Juice two large carrots, two stalks of celery, four cloves of garlic, two radishes and a few pinches of parsley, or drink low-sodium vegetable juice. It’s important to note that potassium regulates your heart rate, and too much can be dangerous for individuals with heart disease, so do not drink potassium broth if you have heart disease.
Turmeric is another natural anti-inflammatory that aids in resisting pneumonia, especially when combined with fenugreek or ginger. This can be taken cooked or uncooked, the effect will be the same.
9. Drink Carrot Juice.
A glass of carrot juice with dinner, combined with a tablespoon of cayenne pepper to boost the effects of the carrot juice, will add antioxidants to your damaged lung tissue and help heal your lungs. Carrot juice is also a source of vitamin A, as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium – all of which are helpful when you’re fighting off an infection like pneumonia.
10. Holy Basil Tea.
Holy basil is an herb that reduces cortisol and improves the immune system, as well as being a safe treatment for adrenal fatigue. It is taken by many for stress management. Take this tea at six hourly intervals, adding a bit of ground black pepper to it as needed.
11. Olive Leaf Extract.
Olive leaf extract acts as a natural antibiotic, helping your body fight infection while boosting the rest of your immune system. You can find it in capsules, powder, liquid elixir, or as a tea in most health food stores – we recommend drinking one or two cups of olive leaf extract tea before bed.
12. Take An Oxygen Bath.
At least once a day, draw yourself a bath and add 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cups of sea salt, and 1/2 cup of baking soda to the bath. Sit in the bath for at least 15 minutes – oxygen baths oxidize the toxins and mucus built up in your lungs so they can be released through your body, while helping you to breathe.
13. Breathing Exercises.
Breathing exercises increase blood flow and help detox your body, as well as training your lungs for better overall health. Try the following exercise eight times daily: inhale deeply and hold your breath for two or three seconds, then fully exhale, keeping your abdominal muscles relaxed and allowing your diaphragm to descend. Your lungs will fill with aid as your diaphragm descends, expanding your abdomen.
14. Apply a Mustard Plaster To Your Chest.
Mix two tablespoons of mustard powder, two eggs, six tablespoons of coconut flour and a cup of water until it forms a paste, then apply the paste to your chest and let it sit for 20 minutes. This helps brings the toxins in your lungs to the surface so they can leave your body. Obviously this should only be tried if you have no allergies to eggs or mustard, as those are the main ingredients in the plaster. Repeat this process twice a week.
15. Take IV Vitamin C.
Typically administered by homoeopathic doctors, IV Vitamin C is safe even in high doses and has virtually no side effects, unlike commonly used prescription drugs. Vitamin C is vital both in the treatment and prevention of diseases like pneumonia, and does not harm healthy cells, working through an array of enzymatic and metabolic reactions.
16. Take a Sauna or Steam Bath.
At least once a week, sit in a hot sauna or steam bath for 20 minutes. This opens your pores so that toxins can be released through your skin. If you don’t have access to a sauna or steam bath, try adding 10 to 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to a hot bath.
17. Oil Pulling.
Relatively effortless compared to other methods of detoxification, oil pulling involves swishing coconut oil in the mouth for about 20 minutes before spitting it out. This is done before meals, usually three times daily, and works the same way that cleaning soaps work. Oil pulling attracts germs and bacteria to “pull” them out of your mouth, cleaning your gum line without damaging your gums. Oil pulling has been credited with healing a variety of ailments such as headaches, bronchitis, thrombosis, ulcers, and intestinal diseases.
18. Drink Cranberry/Apple Juice.
Drinking a glass of organic cranberry/apple juice with breakfast instead of solid foods helps add antioxidants to your system.
19. Drink Thyme Tea.
Thyme has been used to treat lung disease for many years, including bacterial infection pneumonia. Thyme works by producing powerful antiseptic essential oils, which are natural antibiotics and anti-fungal agents. It works well on either viral or bacterial infections.
20. Nasal Treatment.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add 5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to the water. Place a bath towel over your head and, positioning yourself over the pot, breath in the steam from the boiling water until the water is room temperature or the steam subsides.