If there’s one season most people dread, it’s flu season. No one likes the fevers, aches and pains, and overall feeling of illness the flu causes.
Since it’s a viral illness, there aren’t medications that can cure it or even make you feel better, aside from aspirin or ibuprofen.
Fortunately, there are ways you can make yourself feel better with natural flu remedies. You can make most of these remedies at home with ingredients or supplies you already have or that are easy to get.
Read on to see the top flu remedies you can use in your home.
It’s important to stay hydrated when you have the flu. Your body is 70 – 80 percent water. When you dehydrate it, your body can’t function properly and when you have the flu is not the right time to play that game.
Drinking plenty of fluids helps your organs work optimally. It also helps get the germs out of your system. When you have the flu, increase your fluid intake. For example, if you normally drink 60 ounces of water a day, increase it to 80 or more ounces to get those germs out of you.
You’ll probably find yourself much more tired than normal if you have the flu, so it should be easy to get plenty of rest. For the first few days, at least, spend your days in bed, sleeping as much as you can. When you sleep, your body restores itself. This is how your body will build itself strong, helping you to fight off the virus germs.
Drink Herbal Tea
Many herbal teas help fight against flu germs and increase your antioxidant levels, helping your body recover. In addition, the tea may feel good on your throat, as the hot drink may feel soothing.
Consider drinking green tea and adding herbs, such as turmeric, star anise, fresh ginger, and cloves.
If you need a little sweetness, add some raw honey for even more antiviral benefits. Raw honey is a natural sweetener, too, giving you the sweetness you need with the antiviral properties your flu germs require.
Use Tea Tree Oil & Other Essential Oils
Tea tree oil has antiviral properties, which can help when you have the flu. Studies show that it’s best to use tea tree oil within two hours of getting the infection. This may be difficult to do, but using it at any point may still decrease the amount the virus multiplies.
If you want to prevent the flu or other germs, you can regularly use tea tree oil, but adding it to your hand soap or your commercial mouth wash (if the tea tree oil is 100% pure).
Besides tea tree oil, some other essential oils that help fight flu germs include peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, and eucalyptus oil.
As with any supplement or oil, consult your doctor first. Many essential oils are for topical use only, so make sure you read the fine print. You may also diffuse essential oils in the air and get the same benefits.
Take A Hot Shower
When the congestion is so bad that you can’t breathe, hop in a hot shower. Let the steam open up your sinuses and enjoy the ability to breathe again.
If you are too weak or feel dizzy because of the flu, sit down on a shower chair or on the floor and breathe in the steam.
Gargle With Salt Water
The flu often causes a severely sore throat. Gargling with warm salt water may help soothe your sore throat, though. Measure ½ teaspoon salt (Himalayan salt is best) and mix it in with 1 cup of warm water.
Gently gargle with the mixture, letting it sit on the back of your throat before spitting it out.
Rinse Your Nose With Salt Water
Salt water is also great for your nasal congestion. It helps break it up and may help remove harmful germs, including virus and bacteria germs from your nose. To make the nose rinse, mix:
- ¼ tsp salt (Himalayan salt is best)
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup of warm water
Grab a bulb syringe (like you use on babies) and fill it with the mixture. Squeeze the mixture into one side of your nose, holding the other nostril closed.
Let it sit for a few seconds and then let it drain. Repeat this two times on each side.
Eat Foods With Antioxidants
Did you know certain foods help fight infection? When you have the flu, you need foods loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C including:
- Bell peppers
- Chili peppers
It’s best to get your vitamin C from foods rather than supplements so that your body absorbs it correctly, helping you to fight the flu faster.
Drink Hot Drinks Or Eat Soup
Mama always knows best, right? How many times did she try to get you to eat chicken soup when you were sick as a kid? You probably laugh about it now, but she was onto something.
Hot liquids help you break up the congestion. They also keep you hydrated. Remember our first tip – stay hydrated? Sometimes water just isn’t appealing, but there’s something about a hot, steamy liquid that is so comforting when you feel bad.
Of course, if you’ll eat chicken noodle soup, go for it. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will make you feel better.
If you can’t stomach chicken noodle soup right now, consider drinking hot tea, or even hot water with raw honey and lemon juice.
Coming down with the flu isn’t fun, but with some of these tried and true home remedies, you can ease some of the discomforts.
Nothing will cure the flu, but these tips may help you feel better and may even help you fight the germs off a little sooner.
Try as many of these tips as you can to feel your best and fight those pesky flu germs off.
Please note that I am not a health professional. Everything on my blog I researched for self-interest.