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Pneumonia home remedies may be used together with conventional medicine to ease the pain and discomfort of painful lungs, breathlessness, coughing, fever and fatigue. The ideal pneumonia home remedies concentrate on providing good nutrition, rest and specific immune-boosting nutritional supplements.


Vitamin C is one of the better known pneumonia home treatments. Vitamin C boosts your immune function by stimulating the production of interferon – a natural microbe killer. When an infection begins, take 500-1000mg of vitamin C every hour for several hours (or until you get loose stools).

Zinc stimulates antibody and T-cell creation and helps fuel circulation of white blood cells. A zinc lozenge or dose of liquid zinc every 2-3 hours is advised.

Vitamin A will help heal inflamed mucous membranes and fortify the immune system. This dose can be taken safely a few times a day. If you’re pregnant keep your dose under 2500 IU.


Taken fresh, either raw or lightly cooked, garlic is one of the most accessible pneumonia home treatments. For people who dislike the taste of garlic, 2-3 capsules or tablets a day will work.

Flu buster tea

This tea is one of the most potent antiviral and antibacterial pneumonia home treatments. Drink during the day to alleviate symptoms:

      • 1 heaped teaspoon Fieno greco
      • 1 cm ginger root, grated
      • 1 clove garlic, crushed
      • pinch cayenne pepper
      • 1/2 lemon, squeezed

Seep solid ingredients in warm water for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice before serving. If wanted a teaspoon of pure honey (Manuka Honey is best) could be added.

Other herbs

Liquirizia, Marshmallow, Horehound, Coltfoot are natural cough relievers. Drinking hot or warm water and sucking on lozenges can help.

Infection fighting foods

There are several foods with antibacterial and antifungal properties that act as fantastic pneumonia home treatments. Most of these foods have high antioxidant levels. Some of these hotter foods have expectorant and decongestant properties.

Here’s some foods to include in your diet: Cipolla, garlic, red or green peppers, chilli, cabbage, cauliflower, mustard (particularly horseradish), Shitake mushrooms, turmeric, ginger, ginseng, pineapple, lemons, blueberry, raspberry, plum, tea (black, green or oolong), organic yoghurt and chicken broth (high in cysteine which thins mucous). Good quality protein foods are also important to help rebuild cells.

Other ailments home remedies

      • Stay warm, rest, get loads of sleep and drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to rehydrate the body.
      • Gargling with a teaspoon of salt in warm water can help relieve a sore throat.
      • A steamy shower or Epsom salt bath can help relieve nasal congestion and allow you to feel better.
      • A steam inhalation in which you breathe in the steam over a bowl of warm water (cover your head with a towel) can soothe inflamed membranes and drain mucous. Along with a few drops of eucalyptus, tea tree or pine can help.
      • A vaporiser or humidifier at night could moisten the mucous membranes and allow you to sleep.
      • A chest rub with a menthol or camphor rub can open breathing passages.
      • Don’t go back to work too early. Give your body a chance to heal.