Herbs to help ease a chest infection: Plantain juice works like a herbal antibiotic in killing off the infection the infection and there is no build-up of resistance to it by bacteria. It also acts as an expectorant on the lungs, thus aiding the removal of mucus from the lungs and in the process easing a cough.
Garlic, of course, is a wonderful remedy to prevent lung infections, as are onions. A useful cough syrup is made by putting 6 chopped white onions in a double boiler and add half a cup of honey and strain. Take at regular intervals, preferably warm. Another syrup can be made by adding cloves of crushed garlic to honey and leaving overnight. All the goodness of the garlic is extracted by the honey, which in itself is good at easing a cough or sore throat.
Echinacea root tinctures are also useful in treating chest infections, especially if combined with plantain juice or elderberry juice or both.
A very old and effective way of stimulating the heating of an ongoing chest infection is to use a mustard poultice. A mustard poultice is made by mixing one part dry mustard (e.g. Colman’s) with three parts’ flour and adding enough water to make a paste. The paste is then spread on the cotton (old pillowcases work well), folded and then placed on the chest. Leave on top for 20 minutes. Be sure to check regularly, as it will cause blisters if left on too long.