Natural Remedies

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Flu


Posted by Dorothy (Canutillo, TX) on 01/27/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Garlic is what helped me overcome symptoms of the flu. I was home and had a fever of 104 and the chills and was aching all over. I just felt like it would be better to die than to deal with these flu symptoms, when I had remembered what a friend from church had told me; "Try raw garlic when you start to getting symptoms of a cold and it will cure you." So I thought I couldn't feel any worse than I do already. I took a tooth of garlic and began to chew it up (NASTY). It nauseated my stomach so I got me a drink of water and began to take SMALL SIPS which settled my stomach. Then I lay down and fell asleep for about 2 and a half hours , when I awoke the fever, chills and aches were gone. I just had a lot of congestion. So, I took some more garlic the next day but this time I cut it into small pieces and chewed some and swallowed the rest with sips of water. The next day I was well completely. It was great. I am a true believer in garlic as a cold cure. Thank you God.

Garlic, Onion, Horseradish, Cayenne, Ginger

Posted by Naturalhealer (Brooklyn, Us) on 11/20/2010
5 out of 5 stars

The following is a cure and even prevents the flu and colds:
Blend equal parts of: garlic, onion, horseradish, hot pepper (cayenne), and ginger. Soak it in apple cider vinegar (best when soaked for at least 2 weeks) and strain. Take a tsp of this mixure (somewhere there is a guarantee that by using an ounce you will be cured within 48 hrs) every 2 hours. I have treated the flu OVERNIGHT with this, and constantly see the cold virus dealt with easily with this. While the Western medical community says there is no cure for these viruses, I beg to differ. YB, PA-S

Garlic, Pepper, Chili Pepper

Posted by Brandi (St. Louis, MO) on 11/11/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Cough/Sore throat: I have a really bad flu, I read some of the remedies. I didn't have most of the stuff. So I got a mug of hot water, mixed in several shakes of garlic powder, black pepper, and a little bit of the red pepper that comes with your chinese food, swirled it up and am now sipping on it. My throat was really sore, but now only hurts when swallowing. My cough is not as deep anymore. This stuff is gross and spicy, but it is better than nothing. (Or at least better than Dayquil.)

General Feedback

Posted by Reinhold (Gatineau/ Aylmer, Qc,canada ) on 07/21/2011

I live in Aylmer. My mother (in Germany) always made Holunderbeerensuppe, what they called a soup made with them to clean the blood, for general health. I still have the original Kneipp Handbook, take ice cold baths all year round, garden outdoors a lot without much clothes on, and barefoot, Yoga, Acupuncture, eat mostly raw food and fruits, (right now I love mangoes) and apple juice, make my own apple/grape vinegar & vine, yoghurt. I never get/got colds or influenca or throat, for many, many years now.


Posted by Susan (Knoxville, Tn) on 10/28/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Just using the powdered ginger from the grocery store spice aisle worked for me in one dose in 2009 when the H1N1 flu was going around. My son had gotten it and coughed right in my face when I tucked him in bed (I couldn't get him to take anything like ginger for it - he was too young and spit it out), so about 2 days later, I suddenly had a runny nose and little tickles in my upper chest - felt like tiny bubbles popping in my chest. When I realized that what I was feeling was the flu, the ginger remedy I had seen here popped into my head (thank you, EC - love your site and you are my first go-to for so many things now! ) Going with what I had available, I used 1/2 tsp of the powdered ginger and made a tea with it, heating up a mug of water and then stirring the powdered ginger in with a bit of sugar. It didn't taste too good but I drank it and had to swirl the mug around to get the leftover powder on the bottom of the mug into my mouth. Within an hour, the symptoms were all gone. I was extremely relieved, because I had a really nasty virus about a year earlier, that I had gotten pneumonia from, and it had wreaked havoc on my upper respiratory area where the flu was trying to take hold and I was still suffering from recurring chest congestion every time I got a cold at that time. So I was extremely worried that the flu would land me in the hospital, given my pre-existing chest issues. I was SOOOO relieved that the ginger worked to get rid of it so quickly. I had read that ginger has over 100 antiviral components in it, but dry ginger may have fewer of those than fresh ginger, but I would say definitely don't overlook the dry, powdered version if it's all you have!

Posted by Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica) on 04/29/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Sucking on a .5 sq. inch piece of dried ginger cures my sore throat and other cold/flulike symptoms at their onset. You have to however bear the hotness as much as you can,until the sensation is gone. I have not suffered from a cold or flu for the last 10 years or so. For more aggressive forms, a total water & juice fast for 2 or 3 days straight does the trick for me. My roomate had a bad flu recently, it never touched me. When ending the fast, eat only raw fruits and veggies for a day or so. Notice how the gradual resumption of cooked food lowers your mood and vibration.

Posted by Earth Clinic (USA)
5 out of 5 stars

This ginger tea is one of the most powerful teas to clear viruses and toxins from the body. Here's an old Chinese recipe that is very beneficial.

Chop into small pieces 2 inches of fresh ginger and add to a pot of water. Add the rind of one orange and one cinnamon stick. Boil for 10 minutes and drink hot. You will be able to tell how well this tea clears toxins from your body by the changing scent of your perspiration (for the worse).

Glucosamine Chondroitin Sulphate

Posted by Birdie (Calgary, Alberta Canada) on 02/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Here's something I have found that has NEVER failed me yet! When I feel something coming on (cold, flu etc) I take 4 capsules of Glucosamine Chondroitin Sulphate (900mg/capsule) EVERY 15 MINUTES (4 capsules each dose) for the first HOUR, then 4 capsules EVERY 30 MINUTES for the next FOUR hours, then 4 capsules/hr until bedtime. I use the ___ brand, but my son used another brand and it worked really well. The next day I am 80% better, and so was he. He was so impressed he now keeps it in his cupboard. I also used it when I had an infected tooth and the dentist said I would need a root canal (take the nerve out and you kill that tooth! ); I took this formula as stated above, and I never had that root canal and I am FINE!! I take one capsule morning and night on a regular basis, and at age 58, am almost as flexible as I was when I was 30! Comes in REAL handy as I play on two tennis teams! -- Granny

Grape Seed Extract

Posted by Cortney (Albuquerque, NM) on 12/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I recently moved to Albuquerque, NM from Colorado Springs, CO. I was working as a consultant and had to drive back. The morning I woke up, I had a lot of mucous in my throat and thought it would go away. An hour into my drive, it was still there. Two hours into my drive I started sneezing. After 6 hours of driving, I got to my mother's house in the Springs looking half dead and feeling absolutely terrible. I had cold symptoms. I was at the point that I knew if I went to bed, I would awake up feeling 20 times worse. My mother suggested "Grape Seed Extract" pills. She had gotten the idea from my sister who had found out about it the same way I had... word of mouth. It was 4pm when I took the first one. I was staying at a friends house and warned her I was getting sick. I forgot about the pill. At around 8pm, I wasn't sneezing and actually felt a little better. I took one before going to bed dreading my wake up. I can honestly say I woke up feeling great. I took three more that day as instructed on the bottle. Never got the symptoms again. This happened in September which is when I usually get that bad cold of the year. I have tried all the "cures" on here from the tomato tea to plain ACV, to hydrogen peroxide. Nothing ever worked like this has. Unbelievable really. I am testing my theory again with my son. He is almost 5 and is getting very sick. He took one tonight and I feel due to his age, I will keep it to one a day. We will see how he does in the morning.

I bought my bottle at whole foods though I imagine most health food stores carry it. Take 3 a day, 1 in the morning, afternoon and before bed. It's just a capsule, though my mother had solid pills. This was a life saver for me and I imagine if ACV doesn't work for all, this might. Literally took a few hours for me to feel better and more energized.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Posted by Rjforshort (Dover, Oh, United States) on 12/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Grapefruit seed extract cured the flu

I felt the flu coming on pretty bad on Saturday around 2pm. I knew I needed to take something right away to catch it quickly. I took 15 drops of GSE in 4 oz of orange juice that evening. By then I had a fever and diarrhea. 1/2 hour later I took about 1 tsp. of ACV in 8oz h2o and went to bed at 8pm. I woke up at 2am and 8 with diarrhea, when I woke up at 2pm felt much better! Took another 15 drops GSE in 4 oz OJ and more ACV in h2o. Was symptom free from that time on! Took another round of GSE next morning to be safe!

Posted by Natalie (Newport News, VA) on 05/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to let you all know that I tried the grapefruit seed extract remedy two days into my having continual flu symptoms (high fever 103 with aches and pains). On the evening of 4/25 I started to feel really weak so I went to lie down. By late that evening I was running a high temp of 103.4 and started becoming really achy. I tried everything to get the fever down butI couldn't, so that morning of 4/26 I took a 200mg ibuprofen. I was still achy though and by the next morning the fever spiked up to 103.7. I had tried so many things already to get rid of the bug, but I couldn't. (garlic and apple cider viner, egg whites to lower the fever (I think I didn't use enough)). I succumbed to over counter medicine and went ahead and took a naproxen. It broke the fever within an hour. But I wanted to get rid of what ever it was that was causing the fever. Then I read about the grapefruit seed extract, so I told my husband to please go to the vitamin store and pick one up for me. As soon as I got home from work, I drunk me a glass of water with the 15 drops. I felt ok and then I drunk a second cup and I felt even better. By the next day 4/28, I didn't have anymore headaches, backaches or weakness. I just felt like I had a a soar throat. So I continued taking it for the prescribed three days and thank God the bug is gone. This stuff works! I'm a believer. This stuff can be used for so many other things as well. I will always keep stock of this stuff in my medicine cabinet.

Posted by Lisa (Memphis, TN) on 12/29/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Grapefruit seed extract, peroxide, and apple cider vinegar cured my sore throat, runny and stuffy nose and body aches. I was sooo happy with my results I feel great! after only 20 mins. I feel almost normal. It only took me a day to start looking for cures, and it took less than a day to work! This site is wonderful!

Posted by Dean (Tulsa, OK) on 11/05/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I discovered this site a few days ago. I have been impressed. Yesterday I awoke with dark rings around my eyes, fever and sore muscles. The flu was coming on STRONG. I started a new job today too. I went straight to your site and read the grapefruit seed extract cure. They should change the name to bitter fruit, but it has worked. It's awful but within an hour I felt 80% better. By evening I felt 98% better. I can tell it is still there, in hiding, so I will do it 2-3 days like it is suggested. It now feels like that day after your sick which is great because I was really going to be sick. I could tell. Jobs great too. Thanks!

Posted by Genevieve (Bellingham, WA)
5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely hate being sick and getting the flu, like I'm sure everyone does. But, I have found something that really helps. GSE, Grapefruit Seed Extract which can be bought at supplement and health stores, really helps boost my immune system. I drop 13 drops in a small glass of orange juice three to four times a day when I start feeling and sick and by the next morning I feel 100% better.

Green Tea

Posted by Matthew (Santa Rosa, CA USA) on 12/12/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Yea to Green Tea for remedying my flu. Nay to ACV. ACV made me not feel so sick but my symptoms continued to worsen. I've started drinking green tea and it is making a big difference. I have been using a couple teaspoons of honey with every cup.