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Natural Flu Remedies

January 17, 2014

natural cold and flu remediesRunny nose, sore throat, fever and cough? Sounds like you are ready for a few natural flu remedies to get you back on your feet! Here are a few to try:

NATURAL FLU REMEDIES

– Get rid of that horrible sore throat by gargling with half a teaspoon of salt mixed with 1 cup of warm water, four times per day.

– Add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”) to an 8oz glass of water and drink every few hours. Apple Cider alkalizes the body and kills any yeast that can be feeding infection.

– Sipping on peppermint tea can actually help your body fight off your cold or flu. Peppermint tea is full of nutrients that help the body fight off illness and can help loosen mucus and make your cough more productive. Add a bit of honey and lemon to help soothe sore throats and easy symptoms. (Reminder: never give honey to a child less than 1 year of age!)

-Give your body an extra boost with green tea! Serve it warm with honey and lemon or how about making these delicious looking green tea pops from TUTUS & TEA PARTIES! The cold pops are terrific if you or your little one has a fever and doesn’t want to sip on anything hot.

-Take a steamy shower. The steam will help relieve nasal passages.

-Did you know eating blueberries can actually help lower fever and reduce aches and pains? According to WebMD, blueberries contain a natural aspirin that may help relieve symptoms and can also ease diarrhea.

-Here’s a DIY recipe you may want to try is for homemade cough and cold syrup made in part with honey and onion.

-Oil of Oregano. Many people swear by this as one of their top natural flu remedies: add one drop of oil of oregano to a glass of water every few hours during illness. Oil of Oregano has an antiviral and antibiotic property that may speed healing. (NOTE: Pregnant women should not use oil of oregano)

-Sip on hot soups. Yes, this age-old recipe for colds and flu still holds true! Hot liquids have been shown to stimulate the immune system and stop proliferation of the flu virus. So eat up!

-If you follow us on Facebook, then you already know this one! Tie a few fresh sprigs of Eucalyptus, Peppermint or Rosemary to your shower head to add Aromatic vapors to your shower. (Be careful if you have asthma or other respiratory issues!)

-How about this DIY All-Natural Vapor Rub for those over the age of 2 from MOMMYPOTAMUS?

If you plan to apply to your nose/cheekbones/temples use 20 drops rosemary, 20 drops lemon and 20 drops eucalyptus.

For a chest/foot rub here are some popular combinations:

  • 20 drops eucalyptus, 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops tea tree, 10 drops lemon
  • 20 drops each rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus
  • 20 drops each rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus
  • 20 drops eucalyptus, 20 drops peppermint, 10 drops basil and 10 drops pine needle
  • 15 drops each lavender, rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus

Method

  1. Melt beeswax/tallow and shea/cocoa/mango butter in a double boiler.
  2. Once melted turn off the heat and add coconut oil and essential oils.
  3. Pour into a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 year.

What type of natural flu remedies does your family use?

**This is not medical advice and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any illness. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider before treating any illness.**

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