Natural Remedies for the Flu

Though similar, the cold and the flu are very different and the flu is much worse. The flu, or influenza, is extremely contagious and most cases are caused by strain A or B. It appears most frequently in the winter and early spring and attacks the entire body by spreading through the respiratory tract. It is spread through coughs and sneezes, so be sure you cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough and wash your hands frequently.


How can I tell if I have the flu?

  • Fever
  • Severe aches and pains in the joints and eye muscles
  • General weakness
  • Looking ill
  • Flushed skin
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose


How can I prevent the flu?

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially when in public places
  • Carry hand sanitizer
  • Clean surfaces with disinfectant wipes before you touch them
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Exercise
  • Get lots of rest
  • Quit smoking


How can I treat the flu?

  • Get rest to help improve your immune system response.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Try broths. They will keep you hydrated and provide you with necessary nutrients.
  • If you have a cough, try drinking honey and water. Mix a tablespoon of honey into a cup of hot water then drink. Honey is a natural expectorant and will help clean out your lungs.
  • Make a mustard plaster with a tablespoon of dry mustard and 2-4 tablespoons of flour mixed with enough water to form a paste. Smear on a piece of cloth large enough to cover the chest, then apply to the patients chest. Remove after a few minutes and remove immediately if the patient complains of a burning feeling. Rinse away the mustard when finished.
  • Drink decaffeinated tea. It’s a great way to soothe your body and increase your fluid intake.
  • Juice will give you fluids as well, plus it comes with vitamins!
  • Make a cup of lemon water. Add a whole, chopped lemon to a cup of boiling water, steep for five minutes, then strain, add honey to taste and enjoy. It’s an expectorant and anti-viral.
  • Pepper tea is another great option. Pepper helps stimulate mucus flow so steep a teaspoon of black pepper in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes, sweeten with honey and enjoy.
  • Thyme is an expectorant and antiseptic. Make a tea by steeping a teaspoon of thyme leaves in a cup of boiling water. Inhale the steam while it steeps, then sweeten and enjoy.
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