Home Remedies for the Flu

The best home remedies for the flu usually include herbs with anti-viral properties as well as a few things to help with the symptoms you are feeling.

Garlic is one of nature's most potent anti-virals. If you can stomach it, eating garlic cloves lightly roasted in olive oil and sea salt will really help. These are my favorite and I eat them anytime I get sick.

The flu, also known as Influenza, generally entails one or two weeks of coughing, headache, sore throat, fever, possible vomiting, and many other generic symptoms. It’s a bad virus to get because there’s no cure, but you can minimize the distress caused by an episode of the flu by treating your symptoms.

In addition to the herbal cures listed below, it is important to remember to stay hydrated, get lots of rest, and eat healthy.

Natural Anti-Virals for the Flu

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Elderberry Extract (60 ml/day adults, 30 ml/day children)
  • Green Tea
  • St. John's Wort (can reduce birth control pill effectiveness by up to 50%)
  • Echinacea

If you are immuno-compromised for any reason, or if you have a high fever that lasts longer than three days, you really need to see a doctor right away.

There is no way to cure the flu, but you can definitely ameliorate your symptoms with a few simple home remedies.


Aromatic Stomach Flu Remedies

One of my favorites is aromatic steam. Taking a steamy bath or shower will make it easier to breathe, and there’s just something so refreshing and rejuvenating about a hot aromatic steam bath.


You can go about this cure several different ways with several different herbs. I find that the most convenient way is to boil water in a pot, placing the pot on a trivet on a low table.


Then, add eucalyptus oil and freshly grated ginger to the water. Stand or sit with your head over the pot and cover you head with a towel to keep the steam in.


Breathe in the herbal steam until you feel your airways opening, and repeat as necessary. This is a great herbal remedy for the flu because it feels great and helps you keep your nose draining properly. You can also try this aromatic steam method with menthol, but that may be too intense for some people.


Treating the Flu with Soup

Everyone knows that hot chicken soup is a great flu remedy, but the reasons may surprise you. Of course the warmth and the steam are helpful, but you can improve the soup’s natural healing properties by including cayenne pepper, garlic, and horseradish.


Any warm soup is relatively beneficial, especially if it includes these ingredients, so don’t write this off even if you’re a vegetarian.


Cayenne pepper helps to promote mucus flow to carry the virus out of the body, garlic stimulates the immune system, and, as anyone who’s ever tried a spoonful of the stuff knows, horseradish is a powerful decongestant.


These ingredients make the soup a particularly potent weapon against flu symptoms. In addition to steam and soup, you can also try a classic mixture of honey and lemon juice to soothe a sore throat.


Home Remedies for the Flu

You might want to try Echinacea tea to promote immune health and relieve general flu symptoms. Apple Cider Vinegar also works wonders on flu symptoms if you can stomach it.


For anyone with a stomach of steel during their flu, a combination of one tablespoon cod liver oil and one tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of orange juice can really improve your general state of being.


There are lots of teas, soups, and drinks that can make you feel better during the flu, but sometimes the best cure is to relax with a popsicle and your favorite movie or book.


Relaxation is also a powerful way to stimulate the immune system. It’s best to just let the flu run its course and work on suffering as little as possible while trying a few home remedies for the flu.


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