Natural Remedies

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Flu

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Maria (Orlando,FL) on 06/19/2006
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I started taking ACV on a regular basis after reading about its health benefits on this web-site. I found it very helpful in relieving my nausea caused by, what I believed, a stomach flu (which my daughter and husband already had gone thru several days ago). When I felt the symptoms myself, I googled some cures and that's how I came across the information about ACV. I've been taking - for three weeks now- on and off- 1tsp ACV diluted in 1/4 cup of water, three times daily. I noticed though that if I don't take it I start feeling nauseated. The nausea doesn't go away until I sip another dose. Yesterday I took a Zantac pill which helped me in 20-30 minutes. My questions are: Does taking ACV on a regular basis cause any adverse effects? Is it possible to get accustomed to taking it and have difficulty stopping later?

Posted by Ed (USA) on 04/08/2006
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Whenever I feel like I'm about to come down with flu or cold, I drink apple cider vinegar diluted in water and usually in an hour or so I feel much better and I, best of all, do not have flu after that. Before I started doing this, I would always fall sick whenever I felt those flu jives coming around but with this method it always works. THANK GOD for that! and thank you for sharing this valuable information :)

Posted by Nancy (Arlington, TX)
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I have been real sick with a viral infection and flu my neighbor fixed me some Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey. Equal parts of each. It has worked wonders. It cuts the phlegm in your throat and helps with all that was ailing me. I am so glad to find out about this. I also heard that cinnamon with it works wonders as well. Just a teaspoon or so. Thank you and God Bless.

Posted by SF Lee (Penang, Malaysia)
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I have had heartburn, indigestion, flatulence & etc., all in all, I have bad stomach. However, I got to know about apple cider vinegar few years ago through my pharmacist friend. Since then, my stomach condition never felt better! Then, I began to be my own doctor. Whenever I have sore throat or infection (tonsillitis), I gulp down ACV. Well, I strongly think that the vitamin C in ACV helps me a lot during fever or flu. I always recommend to my friends although most of them fail to appreciate or admire the goodness of ACV because of the taste & aroma. Can't blame them!

Posted by M Fazlic (Hull)
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Normal vinegar can be a useful cure to the common flu. Although it's not a miracle cure and takes about 2 days to clear up the flu, it's very effective since most people with flu are ill for just under a week while taking medication. When I was a child and an adult I soak a cloth with vinegar and wrap it around my feet. Hoping to extract the heat from my feet hence lowering the temperature and curing flu.

Posted by Mark T (Kingston, Tn)
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When I was a young kid one day my sister came home and said that she had the best snack at a friend's house on the way home from school. She said that she would find out exactly what it was and that she would make us some one day. Her friend's grandmother had taken garden fresh cold thinly sliced cucumber slices and thin slices of sweet vadalia onion, sprinkling a fair amount of salt and pepper and then covering them with White House Apple Cider Vinegar(5% Acidity) letting them soak for ten or fifteen minutes. The girls used little wooden skewers to stab the sour & tangy vegetable concoction and used a small round soup spoon to sip the sour vinegar juice - they also had it served with an ice cold 6 oz bottle of Coca-Cola over ice (Talking about the acids, lol!!!). I had always has a taste for sour things like pickles, mustard, sauerkraut, and plenty of ACV on my turnip greens. After having this concoction once I soon developed a craving for it. It seemed whenever I was sick and had a fever, sore throat, ear infection or just about anything I would always crave the sour taste of these cucumbers, onions, salt, pepper, and plenty of fresh apple cider vinegar and would start out nibbling on them slowly until after ten or fifteen minutes began feeling better. No sooner that I would finish them it was no time until I was feeling so much better. Even before I heard that ACV was really good for you in my mind and my heart I knew that there was something really special about apple cider vinegar because every time I consumed it I seemed to get over what was ailing me in no time and was heeled and it sure did make a believer out of me. It just works and I began to swear by it to all of my family members and to anyone else that I could testify too because I wanted them to get the same fast relief from ACV that I had received.. My sister that had turned me on to this supposed snack that turned out to be a healing remedy already liked this concoction and it didn't take much to convince her that it ! was a po werful aide in healing just about anything that ailed you. My sister and I still have the cravings for this vinegar concoction and my niece has also taken up liking the concoction also. I know that it's not for everyone because there are some out there (like my fiance) that can't stand the thought of eating or drinking anything with ACV on or in it. Good luck to all of you that are willing to try this powerful anti-oxidant, it will change your life.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

Posted by Sandy (Orlando, FL) on 02/19/2007
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Hi, I have had a recurring Urinary Tract infection so far 3 times in the past 6 months, to which my Dr has prescribed antibiotics. I felt it coming on and as my Dr was out of town was unable to get my prescription refilled for antibiotics. As I was in a great deal of pain (for 3 days and popping AZO tabs like mints) I was searching the internet for a natural remedy and came across this website. I did the vinegar and baking soda remedy and within a few hours the pain was completely gone and has not returned. I didn't have ACV on hand so I did it with just plain white vinegar (2T), baking soda (1t) and water and added a few drops of cayenne pepper. I am so happy!!! Yesterday I was coming home from a trip a feeling myself coming down with Flu Sx (achy, sore throat, and weak). I took some Advil to get thru the long car trip home. When I got home I was exhausted and went right to bed. When I woke up I felt horrible as I could barely swallow, my ears, and face (sinuses) hurt, as well as achy joints all over. I was eager to try the ACV and baking soda (added cayenne and echinacea drops too) cure and took the first drink at about 3 am. It is now 2pm the next day I have taken about 5 glassfuls and I feel 100% better. I still have very mild tired feeling but all other sx are completely gone. Its amazing!

Apple Cider Vinegar Spicy Drink

Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 10/23/2017
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Spicy ACV Drink for Fall

I don't usually have fresh ginger on hand, but do right now. I have been using it in a warm apple cider vinegar drink. So tasty!

  • 1 cup almost boiling water
  • 2-3 teaspoons honey
  • 2-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon freshly sliced ginger root

Mix together in a larger mug or to go coffee mug to keep you cozy when you go out in the cold.

I think I would especially love this if I had a cold or the flu.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mama To Many

By the way, after I finish the drink, I chew on the pieces of ginger in the bottom of the mug. One at a time. Great when you have the munchies.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

MtM, I just put too much ginger in my smoothie. It tastes spicy but I figure it can't harm now that the cold is setting in.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne

Posted by Stephanie (Freeport, USA) on 06/22/2007
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First of all, I thank GOD for helping me find your site to try these wonderful remedies! I started out with a sore throat and gargled water mixed with cayenne powder; it helped short term. But then I had a nasty cough (associated with the sore throat), so I drank 2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar throughout the day. It seemed to make my coughs more productive. When I woke up the next day, I hacked up a lot of mucous, and felt like I was getting better. Then I made a pot of tomato tea and I am well again :-) Thank you very much! Your site is a priceless wealth of information.

Posted by Char (OKC, Oklahoma) on 03/06/2007
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Cayenne is a cureall. I thought I was the only one who knew the connection between dairy and sinusitis and the flu, every time I drink milk or eat ice cream, I get sick with sinus problems and then came down with the flu. Cayenne with distilled water, lemon juice and acv, was the only cure which helped me flush out the fever. This may sound crazy, but dairy products make me moody and emotional, like I can feel how "SAD" the cows are, I try to only do organic dairy now.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic

Posted by Mesem (Toulon, France) on 01/23/2011
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Realise I had a long lingering virus in my system. I pressed and munched several cloves of raw garlic and ate this with a little wholemeal bread and butter, hit the aspirin and VIT C and I am pretty sure that has done the trick! I also had the beginnings of a gastro attack and a strong drink of ACV and water stopped that in its tracks last Sunday. Reading ads for NZ Manuka honey I see that they are pushing the fact that it induces the body to produce more H2O2."


Posted by Laura (Atlanta, Ga) on 11/30/2013
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After 2 days of a progressively worse fever I gave Teds aspirin remedy a shot. I'm happy to say it worked wonders.

I did 4 doses of 500mg aspirin dissolved in half glass of water every 55minutes. I also drank another half glass water or more about 20 minutes after each dose. I went from 102 degree temperature down to 98.6 in 4.5 hours.

Its now the next morning and my temp is normal. I have a little head congestion and a slight cough. I'm going for the apple cider vinegar next!

Thanks Earth Clinic and all you contributors!

Replied by Niceshot
Wpb, Fl

Thank you for aspirin routine & virus. You take one 500 mg aspirin every 55 min. over nearly 4 hours to get to four doses? Just want make sure.

Replied by Bobbyb

Dissolved aspirin according to Ted is the only way to take aspirin. I take over the counter cold medicine from the drug store which seems safe. It is dissolved aspirin and I think baking soda.

Posted by Susan (Minneola, Fl) on 02/05/2010
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hi Earth clinic, ive been reading your cures for years . My Son is a cancer survior. He came down with a flu or virus and had a high fever all week . It was very scary. First I found the egg white to bring the fever down and that helped a litte bit besides the great laugh we had helped too. Well the fever was spiking again today and i was very worried. Went on here and found the asprin help for flu. I followed it exactly as I read it and after the first dose he got up and was playing. went from 102.7 to 101.5 in the first hour after the third treatment he went down to 98.7 much to our great joy. Ive been taking his temp all week and use many natural therapies. This was the miracle breakthough we needed. This is the first time i am writing in because i am so very grateful for all the other people who have written here.I would like to start to contribute more often as I have learned so very much here and through reading alot of books. God bless this work and Thank you everyone who contributes.

Posted by Lisa (San Antonio, Texas) on 09/30/2009
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Aspirin cure for flu in teenagers

I used the aspirin cure on my 18 year old for what I thought was the flu (dr. did not test). Did the four doses, slept, felt much better the next day. My question is, can I do this for my 14 year old if he develops flu like symptoms which include fever? Should I be concerned about reye's syndrome? Not even sure what reye's syndrome is, just always been told don't give teenagers aspirin if they have fever. I did look back over the swine flu page and didn't find an answer in Ted's comments. Thanks!!

EC: Lisa is referring to Ted from Bangkok's aspirin cure posts on the Swine Flu page: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/swine-flu.html

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa
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I've done some searching on Reye's Syndome, and it turns out that NOBODY, I REPEAT, NOBODY, should EVER use aspirin or salicylate (aspirin) compounds for a cold, or flu FOR ANY REASON. Using aspirin, or aspirin-containing compounds, for cold or flu can cause DEATH...and NOT JUST IN CHILDREN. I notice that Reye's Syndrome can cause hemorrage. I suspect that is because viruses can use up astronomical amounts of Vitamin C. That would lead to a condition called "fulminating scurvy", which causes the person to bleed to death if it is not caught in time and treated with massive doses of intravenous Vitamin C. Since many, many people of all ages are walking around with sub-clinical scurvy, not to mention Vitamin D-3 deficiency (which induces suceptability to viruses), using the "aspirin cure" could cause the "permanant cure" of death!

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

p.s. In other words, what might you get when you combine a condition that can cause fulminating scurvy (flu) with a substance that can induce bleeding (aspirin)? Hemorrage.

The warning about aspirin also goes for White Willow Bark or any other substances that contain salicylates, like Cramp Bark, etc.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
512 posts

Kathy's post about not giving aspirin in viral infections (common cold, flu, etc) is correct. While aspirin might cure the virus, the Reyes syndrome is worse than the virus they would be taking it for. I haven't seen anything on it, if orthodox medicine has decided that aspirin used to treat viruses isn't what causes Reyes S.

Personally, I prefer L-lysine and Vitamin C, and don't forget those good old Bcomplex vitamins when the body is under stress, as it is with any illness.

Replied by Lisa
San Antonio, Tx

Thanks Joyce! I obviously knew enough to ask questions. He has been taking 1000mg of lysine and vitamin C 3x daily for preventative. He's been around his cousins who tested positive for strain A on Monday. We'll see how it goes.

p.s.-Cousins have been taking tamiflu, they sound like they're going to cough up their lungs. I know Ted said H1N1 is very hard on the lungs.


Replied by Bill Sardi
San Dimas, California

Any advice or even suggestion that people take aspirin, even at low dose, for the flu could result in mortal consequences. Any such advice should be removed from your site.

Aspirin, Cayenne, and Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 02/17/2018
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I was around someone early in the week who thought she had the flu. 48 hours later I was experiencing early flu symptoms. Sore throat, malaise.

I immediately put hydrogen peroxide in my ears. (About a capful each ear.)

I gargled cayenne pepper water. (1/4 teaspoon cayenne in 3 ounces of water.)

I took 2 aspirin.

I repeated the hydrogen peroxide twice before going to bed.

I woke up not feeling the best and repeated the peroxide in the ears, the cayenne gargle and the aspirin.

By afternoon I felt completely fine and have ever since.

I think the earlier that remedies are begun the better!

~Mama to Many~