Home Remedies for the Flu

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

As we enter into the flu season, chances are that many people will experience the effects of a cold or flu. Highly contagious, colds are the name we give for over 100 mild viral influenza forms. Although there is no cure for the cold or flu — natural or prescription — there are many natural home remedies that can help you feel better while you’re toughing it out.

10 Natural Flu Remedies You Can Try at Home

1. Vitamin D

Boosting up on vitamin D helps support general health and the immune system. This may be related to the necessary role this vitamin plays in the protection and lubrication of many of the body’s principle organ systems. It also boosts cellular growth and normal immune cell activity. I recommend 15 minutes daily of natural sunlight, consuming more foods with vitamin d and possibly taking a vitamin D3 supplement.

2. Vitamin C and Citrus Fruits

Orange cut in half. Oranges contain high amounts of vitamin C and can be a powerful support for the common cold.

If you have had a lingering cold that just won’t go away, chances are you are not getting enough vitamin C. A powerful support for the common cold, you can take up to 2000mg four times daily. Fresh squeezed lemons and oranges are also a good way to naturally supplement vitamin C levels. The benefits of drinking lemon juice mixed in water go beyond the naturally occurring vitamin C. Lemons aid the body in purifying the lymphatic system, which is crucial when you’re sick. Squeeze ½ lemon in one cup of purified warm water and drink 3 or more times daily. For particularly mucous-ridden colds, you can add black pepper and fresh or powdered ginger.

3. Zinc Orotate

Double blind studies have shown that zinc is incredibly helpful when you’re under the weather. Zinc Orotates supports lysosome activity, which attacks harmful organisms and has been an effective immune booster. Try taking a zinc supplement.

4. Organic Oregano Oil

An extremely potent agent that relieves congestion and redness. I recommend about 9 drops of organic oregano oil taken internally in a capsule after meals on a full stomach.

5. Organic Turmeric

An amazing herbal remedy, turmeric is a strong cleanser. For a potent tea, mix a ¼ tsp. in hot purified water and drink often. This herbal jewel also helps soothe a sore throat. For a throat-coat for comfort, place 1/2 tsp. of turmeric in 2 tablespoons of raw honey and let seep down the throat.

6. Organic Germanium-132

I recommend taking about 600mg daily. The best source is available at: JARROW Formulas Germanium Ge-132 100 mg. – 60 Capsules.

7. Organic Echinacea

An immune booster, this herb is also a potent blood purifier, and overly toxic blood may lead to flu and cold responses. Echinacea has also been shown to increase immune-boosting white blood cells. Take 3 droppers full of tincture in warm water or drink as a tea.

8. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

A well-known natural healing agent, Apple Cider Vinegar is good to take when your health needs a boost. Drink a mixture of 1/2 cup of purified water with 2 teaspoons of organic raw apple cider vinegar 3 times daily. After consuming, drink water and rinse the acid of the teeth. You can also sprinkle a little on your pillow before going to bed to breathe in the fumes while you sleep. I recommend Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, but any brand that still has “the mother” will work well.

Bottle of Detoxadine®,  a pure nascent iodine supplement that can be a great natural approach to support the body’s immune processes against the flu.

9. Detoxified Iodine

“In 1945, J.D. Stone and Sir McFarland Burnet (who later went on to win a Nobel Prize for his Clonal Selection Theory) exposed mice to lethal amounts of influenza viral mists. The lethal disease was prevented by putting iodine solution on mice snouts just prior to placing them in chambers containing influenza viruses.” Learn more about the different types of iodine supplements.

10. Ultra Pure Colloidal Silver

Many types of Silver are available. I recommend Silver Fuzion®.

Listen to the Podcast

I was recently a guest on the NaturalHealth365 Podcast with Jonathan Landsman and discussed some great tips on how to fight the flu – safely and effectively!

Other Ways to Fight the Flu

Avoid Milk and dairy, alcohol, coffee, animal meat or products, microwaved food or beverages, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and white flour.

I avoid flu vaccines. It seems impossible to create a flu vaccine when influenza has a different genetic pattern each time it replicates and is different every year. Each year’s flu vaccine is created from the previous year. In my opinion, the flu vaccine is nothing more than a money-generating toxic injection.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Danny

    Great list of flu remedies!

  • Brindes

    I heard that green propolis would also work really good against the flu (and some other things)

    Would you know anything about that?

  • Art

    That is real interesting comment about flu vaccinations. Also, Dr. Mercola on the web is vehemently against flu vaccinations. He is very concerned along with a lot of other people, and an organization against forced vacinations, about American’s loss of right to refuse vacinations eg. those given to children.

  • cocoandrico

    Aloe Vera makes a great addition to a cold/flu defense regimen. Aloe is nutritionally rich (vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E and minerals including zinc) and has been credited with inhibiting the functioning and spread of certain viruses, including influenza. In addition to boosting the immune system, Aloe has the added bonus of easing cold and flu symptoms

  • Iris

    Elderberry….especially for flu.

  • Rich

    Great Resource…Zinc is a powerhouse for many remedies…Thanks so much

  • irawan

    I used to have some powerful “kitchen ingredients”, such as: garlic/shallots, chilli, pepper, and cinnamon. Above mentioned stuff normally found as part of our daily local dish. I used to have some spicy noodle curry eaten with shallot pickle – every time I felt flu’s about to come. It amazingly boost body immunity that even if you have the dish for dinner, the morrow I’ll feel that Flu-probability has dropped drastically. That’s become my 10 years regular delicious flu remedy :).. and so far just fine. If any of you are curious with the dish, just google it: Mie Aceh (of Indonesia)

  • Jon Anthony Hamilton

    I don’t like needles to begin with, let alone flu vaccinations! I treat mine the old fashioned way- plenty of rest and fresh-squeezed orange juice and honey.

  • ghc_health

    Can’t go wrong with raw honey, Jon! Here’s why I like it so much. Also, if you haven’t tried ginger, I highly recommend adding it to your arsenal.

  • Jon Anthony Hamilton

    I just saw your onions for flu post, I will try it next time. Let me make it clear that I am not looking forward to being sick.

  • Kim

    We have been treating colds and flu for 30 years with regular doses of apple cider vinegar Organic and unfiltered and raw honey mixed 1:1 or a little less honey. add chayenne pepper for sore throats- just a few grains. 1 -2 Tbs 3xs daily during and 1-2 tbs daily as maintanance. Also, elderberry syrup 2 -3 x’s daily for viral infections.

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  • Sarah

    I have quite a bit of dark green mucas coming up when I cough, I started ACV with tea right away. Its been 6 days, and the mucas is not clearing, my cough has been more productive but stuff only comes up in the mornings. I also added drops of golden seal and echinacea, plus hot soaks in eucalyptus oil. I feel miserable in the front of my chest.

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