Here are 15 natural remedies for cold and flu :
1. Chicken soup
A bowl of chicken soup, or homemade bone broth can be effective in helping to fight colds and flus. Bone broth contains anti-inflammatory amino acids and is packed full of immune supporting vitamins and minerals that are extra easy for your body to digest. Don’t reach for those bouillon cubes though – you gotta use the real stuff to get the benefits!
Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Garlic is packed with minerals, enzymes, vitamin C, sulphur, and selenium which all help bust colds and flus. Enjoy garlic in your meals or eat a clove whole if you’re seriously brave.
3. Honey and tea
Another thing on the list that is especially comforting when one has a cold is a hot cup of honey and lemon tea. It's just honey, lemon juice, and hot water. But it's so good, especially if you have a cough or congestion. The lemon juice helps cut through congestion and the honey soothes the throat.
Ginger is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It has been known to help with congestion, nausea, colds, and fevers. Either pick one up from a local juice store or juice a knob of ginger yourself. Eating ginger can also help but for the best bang for your buck, go for the juice shot as the ultimate home remedy for the flu.
Eucalyptus oil has antiviral and antimicrobial properties. These properties have historically been used to treat the common cold. Inhaled or oral eucalyptus oil and its main component, 1,8-cineole, may safely fight viruses and respiratory problems such as bronchitis.
Eleuthero, also known as Siberian ginseng, is effective for influenza treatment. The root has antioxidant and immune system stimulating activity. This botanical is best taken with Andrographis as they work together to help boost your immune system and stop the virus from replicating in your body.
7. Elderberry syrup
Elderberry is a fruit grown from the elder tree that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it a powerhouse when it comes to fighting colds. Studies have shown taking elderberry syrup can shorten colds and flus and also relieve sinus infections.
Did you know that bees produce more than just honey? Yep, they make propolis too. Propolis is the substance bees use to seal in their hives so it’s super anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It’s great at fighting the common cold or sore throats.
9. Epsom salt bath
Add epsom salt to a hot bath along with some essential oils if you’d like to have a relaxing, detoxifying evening. Again with the osmosis thing, the minerals in the bath cause the toxins in your body to be released in the bath so not only is it relaxing, but it’s good for you too.
10. Green curry
Chilies and other fiery spices can help clear your sinuses. They make your nose run and your eyes water, and that may provide some temporary relief from congestion. Science supports the theory: A 2011 study found that a nasal spray made with a chemical called capsaicin, which is derived from hot peppers, rapidly improved congestion.
11. Switch on a humidifier
Dry indoor air makes a sore throat and wicked cough even worse. A humidifier helps these symptoms become more bearable by filling the air you breathe with moisture. Plus, studies suggest that viruses have an easier time surviving in dry air, so humidifiers may help reduce a viruses ability to survive.
Bromelain is an enzyme that comes from pineapples. It is most plentiful in the core of the fruit. Bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties and may also have mucolytic properties, which means that it can break down mucus and remove it from the body.Some people drink pineapple juice daily to reduce mucus in the throat and suppress coughing.
Thyme has antiviral, antibiotic, antimicrobial, decongestant, expectorant and rejuvenative properties that help fight off or reduce the time you are laid up with a cold or flu. Thyme can strengthen the immune system. You can take advantage of thyme’s powerful properties through steam or tea.
Turmeric has antiviral properties that make it a smart choice for flu treatment and prevention. It is also has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which make it a triple threat for colds and flu.
15. Gargle with salt water
Do this as soon as you start feeling sick! Not only can it help relieve a sore, scratchy throat, but if you go back to your middle school science days, water follows salt (#osmosis) so the idea is that gargling salt water actually pulls viral fluids out from the throat area. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water and gargle it all 1-2x a day. Ramona A video.