The whole trick to the flu season is, of course, to clobber the virus before it takes ahold of you. But to do this, you must be fairly in tune with your body and recognize symptoms of potential flu right off the bat.
Top Remedies for the Flu
Below we’ve listed the top remedies to kick the flu bug fast. They are tried and true, many times over.
The homeopathic preparation with the impossible to remember name is our top recommendation to beat the flu.
Manufactured by Boiron and now found in most drugstores around the country (as well as all health food stores), these tiny little pellets are well worth the cost (about $12 for 6 dosages).
The description on the packaging says the remedy can cut down on the duration of the flu virus, but we’ve found it actually does better than that. If you take a dosage at the very first hint of the flu (even if you are not quite sure you are sick), the symptoms will disappear within 2-3 hours. We are not kidding!
The second thing to know about this homeopathic preparation is that sometimes only one dosage is necessary. The instructions will tell you to take 3 doses, spaced 6-8 hours apart, but if taken early on, one is all that is necessary.
These are our results, at any rate, repeated time and time again. You’ll have to try it and let us know if you agree with this. However, if you are well into the flu state, then we recommend you take all the recommended dosages.
If this remedy doesn’t seem like it’s working, add:
Oil of Wild Oregano – capsules
This is a very powerful antiviral, antibacterial herb. It’s also great for conditions of the lungs, such as bronchitis, chronic coughs, etc.
Zinc is known to cut the time of a cold or flu in half.
Ginger Tea with Orange Peel & Cinnamon
This ginger tea is one of the most powerful teas to clear viruses and toxins from the body. Here’s an old Chinese recipe that we first posted on Earth Clinic in 2002 that is very beneficial.
- Chop into small pieces 2 inches of fresh ginger and add to a pot of water.
- Add the rind of one orange and one cinnamon stick. Boil for 10 minutes and drink hot.
- (The original recipe says to boil for only 1 minute and remove from the heat, but we think it’s better to boil for longer than that.)
- You will be able to tell how well this tea clears toxins from your body by the changing scent of your perspiration (for the worse).
Most Popular Flu RemediesBelow are the total number of 4 and 5 star reviews as reported by Earth Clinic readers who used a particular remedy to treat flu symptoms.
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Remedies to Recover From the Flu
If you are already in bed with the flu, here are some suggestions:
- Drink as much water as possible to keep the mucous running freely. If you become dehydrated, you will chance getting a sinus infection as mucous will change consistency, clogging the sinus passages.
- Eat easily digestible foods, like chicken soup. The less food, the better.
More Natural Remedies for Flu
The below list of remedies are reported to be some of the most effective flu remedies according to our readers over the past 15 years.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a potent and popular flu remedy. The apple cider vinegar helps to alkalize the body, relieving many flu symptoms all at once.
ACV is commonly taken for fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, cough and congestion.
Add 2 tablespoons to a glass of water and drink this tonic several times a day.
Often when you have the flu, a hot drink is especially comforting.
Apple cider vinegar can be added to hot apple cider, green tea or any other herbal tea. Sweeten with honey. Honey also exhibits antiviral activity and is useful in healing if used in moderation.
Watch Earth Clinic’s video on 3 simple but effective ways to use peroxide to prevent the flu. It works!
Hydrogen Peroxide in the Ears
Hydrogen peroxide kills germs in the ears. Adding a dropper full of hydrogen peroxide to each ear and letting it fizz for a few minutes will help to clean your ears of germs and even wax. Hydrogen peroxide in the ears will also help reduce the risk of a secondary ear infection from the flu virus.
Hydrogen Peroxide in the Lungs (Inhalation Therapy)
Oftentimes the cough associated with the flu is especially debilitating. It can keep you awake at night and is usually the last symptom to resolve. Hydrogen peroxide is added to am empty nasal sprayer. The nasal sprayer is aimed at the back of the throat, sprayed and inhaled. This gets the hydrogen peroxide into the lungs to kill germs and bring extra oxygen where it is needed.
You will find more details about this method on this page.
Hydrogen Peroxide in the Sinuses
Sinus congestion associated with the flu can make a headache worse and put you at risk for a secondary infection in the sinuses. Using a neti pot with hydrogen peroxide, water and sea salt will clear out the sinuses and kill germs in them.
- 6 ounces distilled or boiled and cooled water
- 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Mix these three ingredients together and add them to your neti pot. Flush out your sinuses two or three times day. If you do not have a neti pot, you can snuff the mixture up into your sinuses from your palm. It will not be quite as effective but will bring some relief anyway.
Cayenne pepper powder from your kitchen is a powerful medicine. It can be added to soups or teas. It can be added to warm water and gargled for a sore throat. (1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1/4 cup of water.)
Taking raw garlic four times a day is a way to get an all natural antiviral into your body regularly. You can crush your garlic and spread it on toast with honey or coconut oil or add it to your soup.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is useful for a variety of flu symptoms.
For swollen lymph nodes, add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil to 2 teaspoons of castor oil or coconut oil. Massage into swollen lymph nodes several times a day.
Massaging 1 drop of straight peppermint essential oils into the soles of the feet can help cool the body and redue fever. This can be repeated every couple of hours.
Massaging one drop of peppermint essential oil into the back of the neck can help with a headache. It can also be massaged into the temples, but take care not to get the oil too close to the eyes. Sensitive people will want to mix the peppermint essential oil with olive or almond oil before applying to the temples.
For nausea and cough associated with the flu, place one drop of peppermint essential oil onto a cotton ball and place this near your face. You will breath in the peppermint fumes.
This superfood is famous for its nutrition but it also is a strong antiviral. Organic coconut oil can be taken raw or in foods several times a day for its antiviral properties.
We recommend fair trade organic coconut oil if you can find it.
A warm bath with one of the following can soothe your aching body.
- 1 cup epsom salt or
- 1 cup baking soda or
- 1/2 cup baking soda plus 1/4 cup citric acid
Adding a drop or two of peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus essential oil will make the bath all the more pleasant.
Usually the flu is going around in colder months when people are getting less sunshine. Since your body uses the sunshine to make vitamin D, a necessary vitamin for your immune system, getting some sunshine when you have the flu, if possible is helpful.
If that is impossible, you can use a vitamin D supplement for a couple of weeks. (Long term high doses of vitamin D are not recommended because of the risk of vitamin D toxicity.)
If you have the flu your symptoms will probably force some rest on you. Listen to your body! You need the rest. Your body uses rest time to heal. Don’t take over the counter pain and fever reducer so you can go to work or school. Not only will you heal more quickly if you stay home, you will avoid spreading the disease to others.
When you have the flu, you need to have a light but nutritious diet. Fresh fruit, lightly steamed vegetables, small servings of whole grains and soups are excellent choices for food. Avoid cream (dairy) based soups. Homemade chicken soup is ideal. If you buy soup at the store look for a healthy variety without corn syrup or msg.
Apple Cider Vinegar Flu Tea
This tea is a delightful way to get your doses of apple cider vinegar, honey and cayenne pepper.
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoons of honey
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- hot water
A hot tea sounds like a reasonable recipe for the flu. But, how about Flu Fudge? Yes, you can make a fudge with delicious natural foods that have anti-flu properties.
Spicy Flu Fudge
- 1 cup organic coconut oil
- 5 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Melt coconut oil. Stir in honey. Stir in cacao powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper. Pour into a small pan lined with wax paper. Refrigerate. Break into pieces. Store in the refrigerator. If you make this into 16 pieces, each piece has the equivalent of 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, which is considered one dose.
Coconut oil and honey and cayenne have antiviral activity. Cacao powder has a multitude of nutrients and can even help a cough!
The flu, or more formally, influenza, is a virus causing a variety of miserable symptoms. While the remedy of time seems the only option, there are actually a number of natural remedies for flu that can relieve symptoms and shorten the duration!
Flu symptoms include sore throat, cough, runny nose, sinus congestion, body aches, chills, headache, swollen lymph nodes, malaise and fever. Home remedies like apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and cayenne pepper can alleviate multiple symptoms as well as bring healing.
Do you have a natural remedy for the flu? We would love to hear about it!
Continue reading to learn which remedies or supplements our readers used to kick their flu fast!