Cold and Flu Remedies

Last Modified on Feb 10, 2015

What Is the Flu?

Influenza, better known as the dreaded flu, is a seasonal health condition caused by a virus. An extremely contagious respiratory illness, the flue is caused by the influenza A or B virus. Generally occurring in winter or spring, the flu virus attacks the by entering and spreading throughout the upper and lower respiratory tract.

It can be difficult to differentiate a common cold versus the flu; however, the separation typically can be made by looking at common flu symptoms and its intensity. Generally, the flu is much more severe than the common cold. Likewise, a cold is typically characterized by congestion, sore throat and sneezing. While these symptoms are common to the flu as well, the flu typically causes a high fever, body aches and fatigue. Also, flu symptoms most often come on abruptly while cold symptoms typically develop over time.

The flu is caused by one of two viruses – either influenza A or influenza B. However, several factors contribute to the spread of the virus. The virus is spread via respiratory secretions on shared objects or infected water droplets in the air. As an individual touches an infected item and then rubs his or her eyes, nose or mouth, he or she comes into contact with the virus. Likewise, if an individual breathes in infected water droplets after an individual has sneezed or coughed, he or she has the potential to contract the illness. As such, washing hands, using tissues, avoiding sharing items and covering ones mouth when sneezing are extremely important to avoid contracting the flu.

Cold and Flu Remedies

While symptoms of a cold or flu may improve with time, treatments typically decrease the severity of the illness and shorten recovery time. A soothing bath or soak in apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, Epsom salt and eucalyptus oil eliminates toxins and soothes the sinuses. Likewise, apple cider vinegar and honey taken daily support energy and aid in digestion. Likewise, taking additional vitamin C as well as Echinacea supports the immune system and aids in recovery. Green tea is also a soothing cough remedy with the added bonus of additional nutrients and antioxidants. Continue reading below for many recipes and home remedy tips from Earth Clinic readers!

Additional Pages of Interest:
Long-lasting Virus Remedies
Cold Remedies
Fever Remedies
Vomiting Remedies
Sore Throat Remedies

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ACV, H2O2, Epsom Salts, Eucalyptus Oil   1  0   

Posted by Colleen (LA, CA) on 01/12/2007

[YEA]  I'recently had a severe flu. My muscles tight, energy low. I made a bath of 16 oz., apple cider vinegar, 1/2 bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 2 cups epson salts, and 10 drops eucalyptus oil. before the bath i could barely move, no energy, poor breathing. Within an hour after the bath, i was already healing. Took another one the next day, and could tell that what could have been a week of illness, was already on its way to recovery. i take acv daily also: 2tblspns, 1/2 lime, and 1 tblspn of raw honey. -i was told this brings the body's ph to 7. (perfect balance) i have given this formula to many people and have had much feed back about more energy, better digestion, etc. A good way to begin the day, setting the body's stasis point well, which lessens cravings for sugar.

Apple Cider Vinegar   45  3   

Posted by Robert (Katy, Texas) on 12/19/2013

[NAY]  While I am a firm believer in the healing abilities of ACV, I must admit this time that it couldn't overcome my flu. The flu already had a 3+ day head start, I was taking 2 tablespoons of the highly known brand of ACV, along with a tablespoon of locally produced honey in 6 ozs of distilled water.

While this combo would knock out the side effects for approx. 2 hours, the flu fought back each time to the level of intensity that had been there previously. I did this 3 times a day, same results each time. Finally had no choice but to go to the doctor getting Tamiflu and a Z pack.

While I haven't read thru all the posts, from this experience maybe because I didn't start early enough this was too little too late. I for one will continue with the ACV in the future.

Posted by Joelle (Dallas, Texas) on 01/05/2013

[YEA]  I have not had the flu in years and my first day on vacation I started getting the flu symtoms. I immediately pulled up EC website to find a natural remedy, I started taking 2 tablespoons of ACV 3x a day for 3 days. I started feeling better after the first day. ACV & Virgin Coconut oil are my go to natural remedies . This site is amazing!!!! Thank you so much!!

Replied by Karen
Detroit Metro, Mi

[YEA]   I am amazed at how good it works. I have been on this site for 2 illnesses and both were cured with ACV. Old school cures do work! There are healing properties in both ACV and raw honey. Why suffer huh? Spread the news to your friends is my new motto.
Replied by Josephine
Pittsburgh, Pa

[YEA]   I've also been seeing a lot of improvement using one teaspoon of ACV in 6oz of warm water with a few lemon, honey, and menthol lozenges dissolved in.

Posted by C.h. (Carlsbad, California, United States) on 06/28/2011

[YEA]  I heard there was a bit of a stomach flu going around among some friends who were stuck home with diarrhea and pains. Eventually I got the telltale head congestion and mucus running going on, and felt some sharp abdominal pains and rumbling sounds, so I could tell I caught the stomach bug myself!

I acted pre-emptively before any diarrhea started, and had about 2 tbsp. Straight ACV washed down with some water. The stomach pains and sounds stopped within 20 minutes. I haven't had any diarrhea at all, and I've been drinking fluids here and there and eating light, natural foods. So far, so good!

Posted by Pattij (Aston, Pa Usa) on 03/23/2010

[YEA]  Dear Earthclinic:

I became ill with upper respiratory symptoms on Wednesday, and by Friday morning I was unable to go to work. On Saturday, I was so congested I could not breathe out of my nose. The over the counter medication had stopped working and by nightfall, I knew I was in trouble and would not be able to sleep. Suffering from an unbearable headache, overall aches and pains with fever, in desperation I searched the internet hoping to find a natural cure, which would provide me with some relief until I could call my doctor on Monday morning. I came across your website and sent my husband to the store to buy the ACV. I took 2 T in 8 oz of warm water for my first dose at midnight and woke up at 4am and realized I could breathe, - my nose had cleared! I took another dose before going to sleep, and another around noon. I felt reasonably well to cook dinner on Monday night and went back to work on Tuesday. This remedy is nothing short of a miracle for me and I cannot wait to share it friends and family. Now that I feel better, I am anxious to investigate the rest of your site. ACV will definitely be a regular part of my diet, as I am a chronic sinus sufferer. Antibiotics offer some relief, but do not cure the problem. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting this natural remedy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Replied by Bart Sniffer
Sydney, Australia

Around lunch time I started getting the first signs of a flu... Just in nostril. Post nasal drip, beginning to feel that flu like symptoms coming on. Later in the afternoon some sneezing began.

I took and cotton ear bud, dipped it in ACV then inserted it into my nostril. Made my sneeze straight away. So blew my nose and tried again, this time holding off sneezing while I did both nostrils, and sniffed in, held it and the gave the biggest sneeze.

I repeated the process immediately. its a little un confortable/irritating. but I felt better almost immediately. Later that night I repeated again twice. Swabbed the inside of each nostril deep with ACV soaked cotton tip. Sniffed in hard, held as long as I could, then sneezed a few times.

The amzing thing is the next morning I work up feeling fine.

Can anyone explain this??

Posted by Andslat (De Pere, Wi) on 01/03/2010

[NAY]  Well...where do I start? First of all, please note that I am a huge believer in the benefits of ACV for some ailments. However, in prevention of the stomach "flu" way. I have been habitual user of ACV for the last six months. However, I just experienced the WORST flu ever! Out of my family of four, I had the most extreme symptoms. And in fact while I was vomiting, I thought I might die from the acid burning feeling traveling up my esphogus. I am laying off the ACV for now. If it works for you..great. Not for this gal anymore!

Replied by Ruby
Beverly, Ma

[NAY]   I have to agree, I've used it for a cold successfully but for a flu, it did very little if anything. No change really whatsoever. I've had one of the worst strain of flu for about 4 days now and I have taken more ACV than you could shake a stick at and nothing. I've also been taking colloidal silver, black strap molasses, liquid chlorophil and tea with ginger, honey and lemon. The tea has worked the best in stopping the cough.
Replied by Cecilia
Moscow, Idaho Usa

please read the definition at the top. Stomach 'flu' is a colloquialism. this thread is talking about 'influenza' with the symptoms described above.

Posted by Marixpress (Bronx, Ny) on 12/16/2009

[YEA]  ACV strikes again

At the first sign of flu or cold, I drank 2 tablespoons of organic ACV with about 8oz of warm water, squeeze of lemon & honey for taste, every morning for about 3 days. Almost everyone in the household is sick, however, the ones that tried this concoction never did get sick. Thank you to earth clinic for this wonderful recipe!!

p.s. Because of it's many benefits, I have been drinking a cup of ACV "tea" (w/ 2 teaspoons rather than tablespoons) every morning instead of my usual cup of joe. I like to do this before brushing my teeth so I can properly rinse off any acid left over from the ACV - just in case!

Replied by John
Milwaukee, Wi

[WARNING!]   Not sure if I read this on here somewhere or another site but apparently its really bad to brush your teeth immediatly after taking the acv. Brushing the Apple Cider Vinegar in takes the enamel right off your teeth. Its better to take the Apple Cider Vinegar through a straw to avoid contact with the teeth and also to rinse a couple times with water. Just what I read :)
Replied by Michal
Pardes Hana, Israel

I have destroyed my teeth enamel. I stopped using ACV. After a few years started again WASH TEETH each time, to wash away the acid DONT BRUSH

Posted by Cured (Ft Walton Beach, Florida) on 10/21/2009

[YEA]  I stumbled upon this site looking for a cure for the flu. I am amazed and had never heard of the healing powers of ACV. I am now a believer and will tell anyone who will listen. My symptoms started out as allergies then went to a sinus infection then started feeling like the flu. This went on for over a month with the flu being the last straw to bring me to the internet to search for an alternative to OTC medicines. Within the first few hours my symptoms had reduced in severity, the first to break was the fever. I have continued the last two weeks various concoctions. One being 2T ACV to 4-6oz orange juice. I would take this as much as 3x a day. I also suffer from back pain where I was popping pain pills and muscle relaxers and ibuprofen on a regular basis. Most of this has gone on for almost 2 years--the last week I have hardly taken any of them. I don't know if it is the ACV but I will continue using daily. I have also read it helps with depression and can't wait to see if it helps with my occasional bouts. I have also tried 2T ACV in 6oz of warm water with honey to sweeten--wasn't too crazy about that. I tried it today with 2T ACV and 8oz room temp water with a straw and this actually wasn't too bad. I think that last concoction is something I could mix and put in the fridge so that I don't have to mix it every glass. I will try this out and others and post again my results.

Posted by Cured!!! (Woodstock, Ga) on 09/21/2009

[YEA]  ACV, Orange Juice, and Honey!!!

Yea, for ACV!!! Thank God for this site! I did a frantic search after my husband and I were both attacked by a wicked flu bug that has lasted almost 3 weeks. We're finally over the worst symptoms; but the cough (especially his) was the very last thing to go...and it wasnt going without a fight. For 2 weeks, we had tried "everything" including OTC drugs. I also had severe phlegm in the back of my throat, and had lots of nasal mucous. Both were extremely difficult to expel; and his cough was so consistent that it caused him headaches and stomach cramping. I tried the solution of 4 tbspns OJ, 2 tbspns honey and 2 tbspns ACV...within 1 hour we were both relieved of the symptoms and before the day was over, we knew we were on to the cure! We heated our recipe to make it a little easier to digest. It doesnt taste too bad, but its a long way from tasting good, and the strong taste is "oh, so worth it"! Thank you all for your suggestions, and thanks for this site. It is a God-send!!!

Posted by Kasey (Crowley, Louisiana, USA) on 08/17/2009

[YEA]  Well, it all started as my very first hangover. I was throwing up all day. It was so bad that I had to go home from work, which I never do. After all of the throwing up I started getting a fever and my throat was sore from the stomach acids. Within a couple of hours of the sore throat, my nose started to get stuffy and drippy. The hangover started on Saturday morning. Sunday and today (Monday) I have been coughing like crazy, so much that I could not sleep at all the past two days. I had fever, achiness, and weakness. I went to the doctor to get an excuse for missing work and she recommended all kinds of things. I really don't like medication unless it's natural, so I read up on here about a few things just to stop me from coughing so I could sleep. I decided I would try some apple cider vinegar. I am soooo glad that I did. What I did was mix 1 part apple cider vinegar against about 5 parts water and gargled it. Then I downed 1 tsp of the apple cider vinegar by itself. I went to lay down, and to my surprise I actually fell asleep. I awoke 3 hours later feeling refreshed, I was coughing only 1/4 as much as before, my voice is not raspy, my nose isn't stopped up, just extremely leaky, and I don't have fever or feel weak. Really sounds like a miracle, I know, but it truly worked. Forget all the prescription crap. Doctors prescribe you stuff a lot of times just to keep you coming back. I will definitely keep a bottle of this in my house at all times. I also read that the apple cider vinegar does wonders for the skin. Just a thought :)

Replied by Karen
Metro Detroit, Mi

[YEA]   We always keep raw honey and ACV in the home. It is my new go to prescription for a lot of issues. It stopped the bronchitis awful cough in seconds flat. And kept it at bay continually. I tell whomever I see in public who is suffering to use this protocol. I am sold on it. It works. Why flood your system with drugs?

Posted by Sammo505 (Bernalillo, NM) on 06/15/2009

[YEA]  My girlfriend got a flu over the weekend. So I went to earth clinc since they cured my allergies. Again ACV had a lot of results, so I gave her a glass of generic organic ACV. Within 30 minutes her fever was gone and so was her nausea and sniffles. And this was after a day of intense symptoms. The next day I poured some H2O2 in her ears as a precaution. By the third day all she had was a cough. I gave her about 2 glasses a day with 2 tablespoons ACV. I also had one glass a day and never caught anything. Thanks again Earth Clinic.

Posted by Susan (Big Sky Country, Montana) on 05/27/2009

[YEA]  I have been waiting until the end of the school year to report on my success with organic ACV with the "mother". I have been a tutor in an elementary school for three years now. The first two years I caught everything imaginable...constant sore throats, horrendous coughs, runny noses, on and on all year....I truely was constantly fighting something. Last Fall before the start of the year I began to take 1/4 cup of ACV with tomato juice faithfully once a day. AMAZING....I have not so much as had a sniffle the entire flu, no colds, no anything. I'm in my late 50's and until discovering ACV I believed I needed to quit a position with children that I loved!! This is good news in my world and what have you got to lose by trying it? I tell anyone who will listen about this simple natural "cure-all"....I'm living proof of it's benefits!!!!

Posted by Rhonda (Harlingen, Texas) on 05/22/2009

[YEA]  My husband had a headache for 2 days, achy body & fever on and off & nausea. I was afraid it was the start of swine flu. We had been exposed to people with it, For the nausea, I gave him some "pink bismuth". But for the other symptoms, I used 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with about a cup of apple juice. He then drink some warm green tea. Within minutes, the symptoms went away and he seemed his old self again! He felt so good that he started playing his drums again! He hadn't played in 2 days!I have used ACV for cough , but never for flu symptoms and I'm so excited it worked!

Posted by Richzee (West Valley, UT, United States) on 05/07/2009

[YEA]  apple cider vinegar for flu .. I started feeling sick yesterday and i was worried about this swine flu so i bought organic apple cider vinegar, put 2 table spoons in a cup of water and sweetened it with stevia liquid extract. had a couple more doses of it and 3 hours later my flu like symptoms went away .
my symptoms were; a mild fever, cold sweating and diarrhea, i don't know if i actually had swine flu but here i am feeling fine.

this is not spam do your own research and share your results... also the reason i had a co-worker that went home from throwing up constantly . i have know idea if this was the swine flu or not . but i do know my body was going through some flu like symptoms, which i never get and i never get a flu shot. i want to hear back from anyone who has tried this. thanks richard

Posted by Sammy (Troy, Michigan US) on 04/27/2009

[YEA]  Thanks to God for showing this wonderful site. I was suffering with Sore Thoart and body pains, Sinus congestion. So, I went on to the internet to try some home remedies becoz i am tried of taking antiboitics. Then I saw many people taking about good things of ACV then I wanted to try. I took ACV in the afternoon after couple of hours I started feeling better. I am taking it daily and it's improving better. Thanks you everyone.

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