Market Lavington Museum

A bronchitis kettle

Amongst our collection of items of medical equipment at Market Lavington Museum, we have a bronchitis kettle. These were used to ease breathing difficulties for people with bronchitis or other chest complaints.

This iron artefact, dating from the mid twentieth century, is now rather rusty. It would have been filled with water which was brought to the boil on the kitchen range or stove. Sometimes menthol was added to the water. A towel over the head and the triangular end of the spout would act as a mini tent, surrounding the sufferer with steamy air to breathe in.