Before we get to the natural remedies for flu, we have to mention there is no cure for flu. The flu or influenza is caused by a virus. There are different viruses that can result in flu. Now, while there is no cure, there are remedies that can help soothe the symptoms. And speed up the recovery.
You can get sick at any time. But during flu season, chances are higher. It can happen to all of us. It sucks to be coughing up a lung or plowing through tissues. We know that.
We offer you our sympathy, but also some remedies. Now, we are not against western medicine and using medication. But we think meds should be your final course of action. When everything fails, you can try medications.
In the meantime, you can try some of the natural remedies for flu. One of them is going to work. You just have to find your go-to protocol. Do you have one? If yes, share it with us.
1. Chest Rub For Cough
Yes, Vicks Vapor rub works for many of you. But do you know you can make a homemade chest rub for cough? It is a safe alternative made with clean ingredients. And you can make a bundle of it, and store it. When you battle with extreme weather conditions, a pot of this rub will come in handy. It helps with cough, cold, and congestion.
You need only four ingredients, and those are Shea butter, coconut oil, patchouli essential life, and any other essential oil for cold.
2. Homemade Nose Balm
During the flu season, your nose is going wild. Plowing through tissues seems like your daily job. Well, no more. You can try a number of remedies for your nose balm. And it depends on what you really need. For example, coconut oil helps with inflammation and hydrates the nose. Shea Butter provides relief, lavender oil has anti-inflammatory properties, and jojoba oil helps with irritated skin. You need bees wax to thicken the balm and heal wounds. But you can replace any other ingredient.
3. Natural Cold Remedy Disks
We have another Vapor you can use for the cold. This one even looks cool and fancy. You will need eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil to start off. From there, the other ingredients help tighten the mixture. For example, you need baking soda.
4. DIY Thieves Oil For Colds And Flu
Thieves oil is an old-time essential oil recipe. Robbers used it during the Black Death of 1348. They used it to avoid the bubonic plague while stealing from people. You can say there is a silver lining in stealing. Robbers found one of the best remedies for flu. The original recipe is a mixture of clove, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and cinnamon essential oil.
We have two other recipes you can try. One is a pre-diluted Thieves oil recipe. And of course, a pure Thieves oil recipe.
5. Sinus Relief Shower Steamer
Showering is one of the simplest ways to provide relief for your sinuses. We all know that. The steam helps you breathe easily and normally. But we can tell you a way how to take a steam remedy a step further. The trick is adding some ingredients to your bathtub that soothe sinuses and provide relief.
6. DIY Cold And Flu Bomb
This flu bomb works like a charm. It is a combination of potent essential oils that help with flu and cold symptoms. For example, it contains oregano oil. Ancient Greeks used oregano oil as a remedy for colds. It contains antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-allergenic properties. Along with tea tree oil, this remedy helps fight off flu, and strengthen your immune system.
You will need a roll on applicator to use this flu bomb.
7. DIY Sinus Bath Soak
We talked a lot about vaporizing products for a vapor bath soak. Some people buy vaporizing products. Others, prepare their own vapor bath soak. The homemade version is completely natural and non-toxic. The two common ingredients are eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. They contain natural menthol, a potent decongestant.
Combine these two oils with a hot and steamy bath, and you can quickly relieve congestion. They also provide relief for colds, flus, and allergies.
8. DIY Epson Salt Detox Bath
Epsom Salt bath is one of the best home remedies for treating the flu. You can use it for aches and pain. Prepare a simple bath by adding one or two cups of Epsom Salt to warm bathwater. Soak for at least 20 minutes. That will be enough to relieve muscle soreness and detox your body. Sometimes, when you have the flu, you just have to get rid of all the toxins in your body. This bath helps for that.
9. Homemade Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry Syrup is the best thing for treating colds and flu. Some people cannot imagine facing the flu season without it. You can easily buy one at a pharmacy store. But it is expensive. Making one at home is much cheaper.
You will need fresh and fully ripe elderberries, water, and some raw honey. You can also add cinnamon for more potent solution.
10. Aromatherapy Bath Bombs
Aromatherapy is the new hot treatment for everything. Muscle relief, flu, cold, soreness, you name it. Aromatherapy explores the benefits of essential oils, and use them for the purpose they serve. Choose the best-suited treatment for your problem.
11. All Natural Vapor Rub
Here is another natural DIY vapor rub you can try. If you have issues with commercial vapor rub, DIY versions are great alternatives. Now, you might be allergic to some of the ingredients. So, apply a small amount first, and then more if there are no issues.
12. Flu Buster Juice
Ask any doctor, and he will tell you that fluids help with flu. During the flu season, you need fluids that prevent dehydration. Now, this juice is intense. But the good news is you can adjust the ratio depending on your desired intensity.
It is a powerful punch of lemon juice, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Three of the four ingredients are spicy and strong. And if you cannot handle drinking it, add some orange juice to sweeten the juice.
13. Homemade Rub For Cold And Flu
For this homemade rub, we recommend different essential oils. On the list you can find all the oils that help with symptoms of flu and cold. Use only three different essential oils for the balm. The consistency will depend on the ingredients you use. If it is too soft, adjust the amount of oil and wax.
14. Ginger Detox Bath
Ginger helps improve your immune system, provide congestion relief, and pain relief. Now, ginger might be spicy. Drinking ginger tea and ginger juice is not easy. So, we have an alternative that anyone can handle.
Ginger bath is soaking in ginger infused water. You can use fresh or dried ginger. Some people go for the ginger essential oil. The end result is refreshed and relaxed feeling.
15. Homemade Immune Boosting Gummies
Who doesn’t love gummies? We had them as kids, and now we can consume them as adults. Gummies are fun and tasty. And they can also be healing. For example, you can use gummies to treat flu naturally. They provide your body with everything it needs, and a bit more. You cannot overdose on natural ingredients.
Try any of the grape, cherry, pomegranate, or lemon and orange gummies. It all depends on your taste preferences.
16. Natural Remedies For Illness
Sometimes, we like to finish off our articles with a three in one solutions. In this case, there are more than three solutions for the flu. Basically, we give you all the natural remedies and lifestyle changes you can make to help your body heal faster.
Hopefully, you found some remedies you can implement in your go-to flu protocol. If you have some other natural remedies that help, do share them with us.