Effective Naturopathic Remedies for Pneumonia


Pneumonia is an infection which can prove to be life-threatening. Usually, it starts with a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection.

Pneumonia is characterized by the tiny air sacs of the lungs called alveoli being filled with fluid. Though pneumonia can occur to young and healthy people, it can prove fatal for older adults and for those who have a weak immune system too.

Depending on the type you have, pneumonia can be treated by different methods. Severity, current health status, and your age are the various factors considered.

Antibiotics are usually prescribed, along with cough medicines and expectorants. Painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin are also prescribed. These medications may cause side effects. Ask your doctor for options of natural remedies to treat your condition as they are very safe and do not pose any side effects.

How to Treat Pneumonia Using Natural Remedies?

Did You Know?

  • Pneumonia can occur to people of any age, causing mild to severe illness.
  • Pneumonia is a deadly disease, that is one of the most common causes of death in children due to infection below five years of age.

CURE 1: Home Remedies for Pneumonia

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar benefits

Using Apple cider vinegar is a straightforward way to relieve cough quickly. It contains acetic acid that is antibacterial, which kills the pathogens that cause infections.

How to Use

  • One glass distilled water
  • One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • One teaspoon of honey
  • A small bowl to warm the water
  • Add one glass of distilled water to a small bowl
  • Heat the water till it boils
  • Turn off the heat and transfer the water to a glass
  • Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to it
  • Add one teaspoon honey
  • Stir well till the honey dissolves completely
  • Drink this solution in small quantities all through the day.
  • You can have this solution 2 to 3 times a day.


Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral properties that fight with the bacteria and viruses, causing pneumonia and provide significant relief almost instantly.

[Read: Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar]

2. Fenugreek

Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek is another home remedy that has been used to treat various ailments. Apart from treating pneumonia(1), it is also useful for treating gastrointestinal issues too,

How to Use

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • One teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds
  • One teaspoon of Honey
  • A small heating bowl to heat the water
  • Add a cup of water to a small heating bowl
  • Heat the water till it boils
  • Add one teaspoon of the  seeds to it
  • Let the seeds steep in the water for 10 minutes
  • Strain the water into a glass
  • Add one teaspoon of honey to it
  • Stir well till the honey dissolves completely

How Many Times: Drink this mixture 2 to 3 times a day.


Fenugreek helps in breaking down mucus and relieve the inflammation and pain caused by pneumonia. It also eases a persistent cough. It also reduces chest inflammation.

3. Sesame

Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds(2) is another home remedy which has been used to treat body ailments. It is known to detoxify the digestive and respiratory system.

How to Use

  • 20 grams of Sesame Seeds
  • 250ml of distilled water
  • One teaspoon of Honey
  • One pinch of salt
  • A saucepan to boil the water
  • Add 250 ml distilled water to a saucepan
  • Add 20 grams of sesame seeds to it
  • Turn on the heat
  • Bring the mixture to a boil
  • Once cooled, strain the water into a glass
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Add one teaspoon of Honey
  • Stir well till the honey dissolves completely.
  • Drink this solution one time daily.


Sesame Seeds contain phytoestrogens that have antimicrobial and expectorant properties that relieve congestion and other symptoms of pneumonia.

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CURE 2: Food for Pneumonia

Foods play a vital role in keeping good health. Proper intake of nutrients builds a robust immune system. During pneumonia, your lungs are weak and are filled with fluid. Breathing becomes difficult. The below list of foods helps you to maintain healthy lungs.

1. Onion Syrup

Onion Syrup

Onions are anti-inflammatory and potent expectorants. Taking onions directly can lead to aggravating the irritation. There is a mild way to take onions to reap its benefits in treating pneumonia.

Below is a simple and easy way to prepare onion syrup at home, which can be used to treat pneumonia.

How to Prepare

  • One medium sized Onion
  • 1 cup Honey
  • An airtight jar
  • A clean and dry bottle
  • Take an airtight jar
  • Add 1 cup honey to it
  • Grate a medium-sized onion into small cubes
  • Add them to the honey
  • Mix well
  • Close the mouth of the pot with the lid
  • Leave it for 24 hours
  • Extract the liquid into a clean and dry bottle

How Many Times: Take one spoon of this liquid every day.


This liquid has the anti-inflammatory and organosulfur compounds of onion and the antioxidant properties of honey which relieve you from cough and expel phlegm apart from reducing inflammation of the lungs.

2. Citrus fruits

Citrus Fruits

Eating a couple of servings of citrus fruits help in building a robust immune system and promote a speedy recovery. The below-given list of fruits is rich in antioxidants(3) which combat against antigens.

  • Oranges
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Papaya
  • Berries

Eat the fruits as a whole instead of going for fruit juices. Because stored fruit juices lose Vitamin C content as they are exposed to the environment.

3. Leafy Preen Vegetables

leafy vegetables benefits

Green leafy vegetables are rich in minerals and vitamins and are also a rich source that has vitamin E and phytochemicals. Vitamin E boosts immunity while the phytochemicals fight against the oxidative damage caused by foreign particles, bacteria, and virus. Nuts and seeds also are rich in Vitamin E.

Below is the list of green vegetables that help you during pneumonia

  • Spinach
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Mango

[Read: Green Leafy Vegetables]

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CURE 3: Natural Remedies for Pneumonia

1. Castor Oil

Castor oil

Castor oil is a popular remedy for clearing your lungs and treating other respiratory disorders. Castor oil pushes toxins out of the lungs very effectively. It is also known to alleviate inflammation and improve lymphatic circulation, which in turn promotes better breathing.

How to Use

  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of castor oil
  • 3 – 4 strips of clean cotton cloth
  • A small bowl to heat the oil
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of castor oil to a small bowl
  • Heat the oil to an extent where it does not burn your skin
  • Turn off the heat
  • Soak the cotton cloth strips in the heated oil
  • Lie down on your bed and place these strips on your chest
  • Let the pieces be there till you feel the warmth of the strips

How Many Times: You can follow this procedure two times a day.


This procedure helps in clearing phlegm out of the lungs and makes breathing easier.

[Read: Benefits of Castor Oil]

2. Turmeric Powder

turmeric Benefits
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Turmeric powder has many benefits and is an effective remedy in treating cough and flu. It is known to provide instant symptomatic relief by alleviating chest pain and the other symptoms.

How to Use

  • One glass of milk
  • One teaspoon of turmeric
  • One tablespoon Honey
  • A small bowl to boil milk
  • Add one glass of milk to a bowl
  • Heat the milk till it boils
  • Turn off the heat and transfer the milk to a glass
  • Add one teaspoon turmeric to it
  • Add one tablespoon of honey
  • Mix well till the turmeric and honey dissolve completely
  • It is recommended that you consume this drink before you sleep.
  • You can have this mixture two times a day.


Turmeric has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It helps to get rid of phlegm and also brings down chest pain caused due to extensive coughing.

3. Ginger

Ginger Benefits

Ginger is an excellent remedy for treating various kinds of body ailments. It is instrumental in addressing issues related to respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal problems. It is a natural detoxifier and strengthens the immune system.

How to Use

  • 4 – 5 ice cubes (crushed)
  • 1-inch ginger root (Crushed or sliced)
  • A small bowl to mix the above
  • Add 4-5 crushed ice cubes to a small bowl
  • Crush or slice 1 inch of ginger root and add it to crushed ice cubes
  • Mix well
  • Eat this mixture with a spoon.

How Many Times: Eat this mixture one time during the day.


Eating this mixture reduces chest pain caused due to extensive coughing. It also reduces cough.

4. Echinacea Tea

Echinacea Tea Benefits

Echinacea boosts the immune system and gets rid of pathogens and bacteria, causing pneumonia. It helps in expelling mucus and clearing airways, thus promoting better breathing.

How to Use

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 Echinacea Tea bag
  • One tablespoon honey (Optional)
  • A small bowl to heat the water
  • Add one cup of distilled water to a small bowl
  • Turn on the heat and boil the water
  • Once cooled, add the water to a cup
  • Drop in an Echinacea tea bag
  • Let it steep for about 5 to 7 minutes
  • Add one tablespoon of Honey (Optional)
  • Drink this tea one time a day


The immune boosting nutrients of the tea help the body in clearing infection and phlegm resulting in a speedy recovery.

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CURE 4: Essential Oils for Pneumonia

The antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of essential oils kill bacteria that causes pneumonia. Also, inflammation in the lungs is reduced by using essential oils. Chest pain caused by frequent coughing is also reduced. The thick phlegm and mucus are also expelled out, thus promoting a speedy recovery.

1. Tea Tree Essential Oil

tea tree oil benefits

This oil is used in treating various body ailments from decades. It is beneficial in treating pneumonia as it helps in explleing the bacteria from the lungs and thereby even preventing the occurrence of pneumonia.

How to Use

  • 1 liter distilled water
  • 4 drops Tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • A bowl to boil the water
  • A clean and dry towel
  • Add 1-liter water to a bowl
  • Heat the water till it boils
  • Turn off the heat
  • Add four drops of the oil to it
  • Add two drops of eucalyptus oil to it
  • Stir lightly
  • Cover yourself with the bowl in and inhale the vapor for 5-7 minutes.

How Many Times: You can do this twice a day. As doing this just before going to bed promotes sound sleep.


Tea Tree Essential oil and Eucalyptus Essential oil together clear the nasal passages and allow you to breathe more freely. They also bring down throat inflammation and promote mucus expulsion.

[Read: Essential Oils for Pneumonia]

2. Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves essential oil is well known to the anti-stress agent. However, it is also a known antibacterial and anti-viral agent. It strengthens the respiratory system and lowers fever.

How to Use

  • One drop Thieves Essential Oil
  • One drop Lemon Essential Oil
  • One glass of distilled or demineralized water
  • A small bowl to heat the water
  • Add a glass of distilled water to a small bowl
  • Heat the water
  • Turn the heat off just before boiling
  • Transfer the water to a glass
  • Add one drop Thieves Essential Oil
  • Add one drop Lemon Essential Oil
  • Stir well
  • Sip this solution like tea

How Many Times: You can do this twice a day.


Drinking this mixture helps in reducing infection and cough. It also expels phlegm and mucus, thus clearing the air passages.

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3. Black Seed Essential Oil

Black Seed Oil Benefits

A prolonged lasting cough and fever may result in asthma. Black seed oil is perfect for the respiratory system. Due to its benefits in treating lung diseases, it is used extensively for lung cancer treatment too.

How to Use

  • One teaspoon of Black seed oil
  • One teaspoon of Honey
  • A small bowl to mix both
  • Add one teaspoon Black seed oil to a small bowl
  • Add one teaspoon Honey to it
  • Mix well for an even consistency
  • Eat this mixture. Let it glide down your throat slowly

How Many Times: You can have this mixture twice a day


Black seed oil works very effectively in clearing air passages by expelling mucus.

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CURE 5: Alternative Treatments for Pneumonia

1. Yoga

Yoga is another natural way of treatment which has been used from centuries. Yoga boosts not only physical strength but also promotes mental health. Given below are the yoga poses, which are very effective in treating pneumonia.


Kapalbhati Pose

This is a kind of Pranayama that strengthens your immune system and sends out toxins causing infections.

How to Do
  • Squat your legs and sit on a mat
  • Keep your spine straight. Move your shoulders a little backward.
  • Inhaling deeply, pull your stomach as inward as possible
  • Release the breath through your nose
  • Perform this for about 15 to 20 minutes a day early morning in an open space.


Pranayama expels 2/3rd body toxins. It involves controlled breathing, which means ample oxygen supply. This, in turn, means strengthening the immune system and purifying the blood.

2. Breathing techniques

Girl Breathing

Lip Breathing

Lip breathing not only reduces the number of times you breathe but also keeps the airways open for more extended periods. You would be more active physically as an increased amount of air flows in and out of your lungs.

Inhale through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Concentrate on your breath while you do this.

Belly Breathing

This is a technique of breathing air into your belly. You can feel the expansion and contraction of the belly whenever you breathe in or breath out air. Breath in through your nose slowly and breathe out through your mouth even slower.

Your shoulders and the next should be kept in a relaxed position. Pay attention and make sure you take in and send out the air through your belly.

Prevention Tips

Following healthy habits in keeping a reliable immune system reduces your risk of falling prey to pneumonia. Maintaining hygiene is also equally important.

  • Actively avoid smoking
  • Wash your hands often and if you can, try to use warm or lukewarm water
  • Always have a hand sanitizer on you, for the situations when you can’t wash your hands.
  • Avoid getting in physical contact with people suffering from pneumonia
  • Rest well and make it a habit to consume a healthy diet loaded with fruits, vegetables, fiber, and lean meat.

3. Acupressure

Acupressure Point at Hand
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Central Treasury

This point is located, two thumbs width below the area where the arm meets the chest, directly on the rib cage. Stimulating this point by applying pressure with the thumbs helps in relieving respiratory diseases and lung infections like pneumonia, tuberculosis, chest fullness, and shortness of breath. Acupressure, on this point, also treat asthma and bronchitis.

Shu Mansion

The acupressure points called the Shu Mansion is used for treating pneumonia and other lung problems. This point is located in the depression adjacent to the breastbone under the collarbone. Stimulating this point with your fingers can help in relieving chest pain, lung congestion, shortness of breath, bronchitis, and cough. Acupressure, on this point, also treats depression and anxiety.

Keep Kids Safe

To reduce the risk for children and babies, keep them away from people who are ill. Ensure that your kid’s nose is kept clean and dry. Teach them that if they have to cough or sneeze, they got to move away from people or at least cover the mouth and nose with their palm. This would reduce the spread of germs.

Pneumonia can be severe and should not be taken lightly. Most people notice their symptoms improve within the first few days of treatment, but it can take months to recover fully from the respiratory condition.

Giving the body plenty of rest, fluids, and a healthy diet that is rich in nutrients is crucial to allow it to heal. Natural home treatments for pneumonia may help alleviate symptoms as well.


1. What Are the Symptoms of Pneumonia?

  1. Headache
  2. Severe body pains
  3. Severe aches in the joints
  4. Tiredness
  5. Dry and hacking cough
  6. High fever
  7. Vomiting (Sometimes)

2. Is Pneumonia Contagious?

Pneumonia can be contagious and can be spread via cough or contact with a patient suffering. It is recommended that you actively avoid getting in physical contact with people who are suffering from pneumonia as that little cough could cause a lot of distress later.

3. What Tests Are Required to Be Done to Diagnose Pneumonia?

When antibiotics or vaccines do not work,  x-rays, blood tests, bronchoscopy, sputum test should be done to find if the condition is pneumonia.

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