You may already have some effective remedies for illness sitting around in your house, but they're not in your medicine cabinet; they're your kitchen. Oregano – that essential herb for spaghetti sauce – is also a potential weapon in your respiratory illness arsenal.
Oregano doesn't just add zing to sauces. It's an antioxidant, one with noted antifungal and antibacterial properties. Remarkably, it's also an expectorant that can slice through your congestion, making mucus thinner and (hopefully) more manageable. You can buy oregano in the supplements area of your local grocery story, often in convenient capsule form. Take one or two of them per day and you may well find your wretched cough is somewhat less painful [source: Kessler].
Or, you can easily brew up oregano tea with what you have on hand. Take one teaspoon of dried oregano and steep it in about 8 ounces (236 milliliters) of boiling water. If you don't like the distinctive taste, you can add a bit of honey, which will also soothe your throat. Drink two or three cups of this tea per day to combat your bronchitis symptoms. As an added benefit, the concoction is also good for quelling upset stomach.