12 Natural Flu Remedies

Bone-Healthy Living / Health / December 5, 2019

Natural Flu Remedies

Since 2011, the estimated number of flu cases in the U.S. has risen sharply… anywhere from 24.6 million to 35.6 million per annual flu “season”!  

And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2018-19 flu season was the longest since tracking began

With flu season once again in full swing, that’s probably not music to your ears. Especially since older folks are at greater risk of catching the flu due to a weakened immune system. 

So, you may be wondering how to avoid the unpleasantries of the flu altogether… or, if you’ve already caught it, how you can remedy it. Either way, this post is for you. We’ve got 12 natural flu remedies for you to try, which could help keep you happier and healthier through these dark days of winter.

But first, let’s take a closer look at exactly what the flu is, as well as the conventional remedies that are available.


What is the Flu?

As you probably know, the flu (influenza) is an infection caused by a virus that affects the nose, throat, and lungs.

People often wonder whether they have a cold or the flu. Both diseases are caused by viruses that infect the respiratory system, and both can have similar symptoms. Check out the table below to see the key differences between cold and flu symptoms:

Symptom Cold Flu
Cough Common Common, and can become severe
Sneezing Common Common
Headache Rare Sudden onset and can become severe
Sore throat Common Common
Stuffy nose Common Common
Fever Rare in adults, but children and infants can experience fevers A fever of 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) is common and can even increase a few degrees in extreme cases. Typically lasts 3 to 4 days
Muscle aches Sometimes, but mild Common, and often severe
Tiredness/Weakness Sometimes, but mild Common, and often severe
Extreme exhaustion Rare Common
Nausea/Vomiting Rare Sometimes

Please note:

Vulnerable individuals (including young children, pregnant women, adults 65 and over, and those who have a pre-existing medical condition or have trouble breathing) should consult their doctor. Healthy individuals can learn more about how the flu affects the body, and how you can remedy it naturally, below.

Flu symptoms can develop quickly, and may make it hard to get out of bed for days. While colds rarely have severe complications, the flu can have potentially deadly complications like pneumonia.

What’s more, according to the CDC, the flu is extremely contagious. (The CDC actually provides a handy resource that shows how active the flu virus is in each U.S. state. You can check it out here.) When someone infected with the virus coughs or sneezes, microscopic droplets can travel up to six feet and get inhaled by another person. Talk about nasty!

Plus, most people spread the flu before they experience symptoms. So it’s important to remember that a healthy immune system can fight off the flu and prevent it from starting. Having a weakened immune system can lead to the flu.

Luckily, if you do happen to succumb to the flu, natural remedies can help! Let’s talk about conventional remedies first, though, and look at their potential effects.


Common Conventional Flu Remedies

The most common way people try to combat the flu is to get vaccinated every year before the flu season starts. And yet every year, millions of people who do get vaccinated still come down with the flu.

Part of the problem is that the flu virus is constantly changing. That means the vaccination to combat the flu must also change accordingly, and success rates can vary. In fact, the flu vaccination used in Australia during the 2017 flu season only had an estimated 10% effectiveness.

FluMist, a nasal-spray vaccine brand, shared the results of its 2015-16 influenza vaccine effectiveness study. FluMist was 46% effective at preventing the flu, while the more traditional flu shot was 65% effective. Additional stats confirm vaccine effectiveness is typically less than 50%.

If you ask me, those numbers don’t inspire confidence in their ability to prevent the flu!

In addition to reported low effectiveness, vaccines have large potential for side effects. Minor side effects include soreness, fever, aches, cough, wheezing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, headache and fatigue. More serious side effects include an increased risk for Guillain-Barre syndrome (rapid onset of muscle soreness caused by the immune system) and seizure. In very rare instances (less than two per million doses), life-threatening anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction that may cause death) has been reported.

Vaccinations aren’t the only conventional treatment option for the flu. There are also prescription antiviral medications called “neuraminidase inhibitors”. These are used to both prevent the flu and reduce the severity of symptoms by stopping the virus from reproducing. However, these medications can cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and behavioral side effects like confusion, hallucinations and delirium. Some doctors argue that when you consider these potential side effects, they cause more harm than good.

Now, you may have already experienced success with one or more of these conventional remedies. Or you may be keen to try them. And that’s perfectly fine. But if you prefer a natural, drug-free way to relieve flu symptoms, there are plenty of options available. Some of them may also provide your immune system with the support it needs to fight off the flu before you become ill.


12 Natural Flu Remedies

Wellness ImmuNow

My number-one natural flu remedy is Wellness ImmuNow. It’s composed of something called humic acid, which is “an organic substance derived from natural compounds found in humus soil.” The Wellness ImmuNow team has conducted preliminary research that’s quite promising, showing it may support immune function and overall health and wellness.

There have been dozens of times I’ve been coming down with the flu or a cold… and if I take two tablets of Wellness ImmuNow right away, it never develops. Sometimes, if I’m not aware of how I’m feeling and I take it too late, I’ll come down with the flu or a cold. But it’ll only last a few days. This stuff really works!

Please note: This is NOT an affiliate link, and I’m not compensated for promoting this product in any way! I just truly believe in Wellness ImmuNow, and it really does work for me. And because I care about your health, I want to share it with you, too.

 Hot Liquids

A steaming cup of lemon-and-honey water is the go-to remedy for many people (myself included) when flu symptoms hit. And there is some (admittedly light) research to suggest hot liquids are more than just a comforting beverage.

One study found that hot, fruity drinks provide an immediate and sustained relief from flu symptoms including: runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness, and tiredness. The same drink at room temperature only provided relief from a runny nose, cough, and sneezing!

Warm liquids can also be very soothing when you’ve got muscle aches and chills. Plus, hot drinks like tea, lemon-and-honey water, broth, and ginger water can prevent mucus buildup and give you some antioxidant boosts.

Drinking warm liquids will also help you stay hydrated. When you have the flu, you often lose a lot of liquid through sweating and even when your nose runs! The more you hydrate, the better. Just be sure to avoid drinks that cause dehydration, like caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

Try our Caffeine-Free Hibiscus Tea recipes. The fresh lemon and hibiscus-flower version is a personal favorite.

 Raw Garlic

My mom and dad have an amazing organic garden at their house, and my dad’s hallmark is his huge Russian red garlic. Eating a raw clove has helped me avert the flu many times.

In fact, over 5,000 studies have shown that garlic can provide a whole host of health benefits… including naturally helping your body recover from a variety of illnesses and ailments.

See, garlic actively kills a broad spectrum of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi, and can be more effective than prescription drugs. It contains a powerful antioxidant called allicin, which is released when you cut into the garlic.

One study suggested that allicin, in particular, could help prevent or reduce the length of the common cold. One-hundred and forty-six participants were randomly assigned to take a daily garlic supplement (containing 180 mg of allicin) or a placebo for 12 weeks.

There were 24 occurrences of the common cold in the garlic intervention group, compared with 65 in the placebo group. Plus, the number of days it took to recover from a cold was a lot shorter in the garlic group (1.52 days versus 5.01).

Garlic also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6, as well as folate, vitamin C and zinc… all of which boost your immune system. Plus, the sulphur in garlic flushes toxins from your system.

That’s a lot of great reasons to try garlic if you come down with the flu. But it’s important to note that you’ll get the most benefit from garlic when you eat it raw. Now, you may be wondering how to incorporate raw garlic into your diet, so here are a few ideas:

  • In a homemade salad dressing or salsa: You can find three bone-healthy salad dressing recipes here that you can easily add raw garlic to.
  • On buttered toast: It might sound a little strange, but sprinkling raw garlic on buttered toast tastes great!
  • Swallow it with water: This is a very basic method, but it’s no less effective! You only need a very small amount.

Please note: The origin of your garlic is very important! Chinese garlic may be cheaper than American garlic, but it could be very damaging to your health.


See, food safety regulations aren’t as strict in China as they are in North America, and there have been reports of quality, consistency, and safety issues with Chinese garlic. In fact, some reports claim Chinese garlic is regularly bleached with chlorine and fumigated with pesticides. That’s not a cocktail of toxins you want in your body! To be on the safe side, we recommend buying local, organic produce whenever possible.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well known for its immunity-boosting properties.

But what if you already have the flu?

Well, studies show that vitamin C may be more effective than pain relievers and decongestants! 

Researchers conducted a study in 1999 to find out if taking a megadose of vitamin C would relieve cold and flu symptoms. The control group was made up of 463 students between 18 and 32 years old. When students in the control group reported cold or flu symptoms, they were given decongestants and pain relievers. The experimental test group included 252 students, aged 18 to 30. When they reported cold or flu symptoms, they were given 1,000 mg of vitamin C every hour for six hours, and then three times a day after that.

The results? Students in the test group, who took vitamin C, had their symptoms reduced 85% more than the control group. 

Now, these are the results of only one study, but they do show promise for using vitamin C as a natural flu remedy. Have you had any luck with vitamin C?

Vitamin D

Most outbreaks of influenza happen in the fall or winter, which is also when your vitamin D levels drop.

Dr. Gerry Schwalfenberg was alarmed by the side effects that his elderly patients were experiencing when they took antiviral drugs, so he turned his focus to vitamin D. Nursing home residents, in particular, can have very low levels of vitamin D. But when he started to give his patients vitamin D supplements, he saw fewer cases of the flu.

“We now see very few patients in our clinics with the flu,” Dr. Schwalfenberg wrote. “In those patients who do have influenza, we have treated them with the vitamin D hammer, as coined by my colleague.”

The “vitamin D hammer” is a one-time megadose of vitamin D (50,000 IU) taken for 2 to 3 days.  Patients who had this treatment saw their symptoms resolved in 48 to 72 hours. Dr. Schwalfenberg added: “We urgently need a study of this intervention. The cost of vitamin D is about a penny for 1000 IU, so this treatment costs less than a dollar.”

Vitamin D boosts your immune system, reduces inflammation and helps your body absorb calcium. It can be found in foods like fish, cheese, egg yolks, beef liver, and vitamin-D-fortified dairy products… although usually in small amounts. For practical amounts, you need sunshine on your skin and/or supplements, too. 

You can discover more about the top sources of vitamin D here.

Ginger

Don’t you just love ginger? It’s got that zippy, festive flavor that works so well in so many delicious dishes. And the smell of ginger is so comforting to me. What’s more, ginger also offers many health benefits.

As far as the flu is concerned, ginger strengthens your immune system and helps you fight off infection with its antimicrobial properties. (It even kills the germs that cause bad breath!) Plus, ginger is renowned for preventing nausea and vomiting — symptoms that can occur with a bad case of the flu!

Our resident fitness expert, Monica, swears by ginger as a natural flu remedy! If you have the flu, she recommends making a lemon-ginger tea by adding a slice of lemon and a slice of fresh ginger root to a cup of hot water.

Zinc

Clinical trials have shown that if you take a zinc supplement within the first 24 hours of catching a cold, it can reduce symptoms and help you recover faster. That’s because it has anti-viral properties and plays a role in forming the cells that make up your immune system. However, studies have mixed results on whether it is as effective for the flu.

Soup

When you’re feeling sick, eating a hot and steamy bowl of soup can be so comforting.

But soup is more than just a comfort food. While there isn’t a lot of research into the therapeutic properties of soup, some medical professionals say it can help relieve cold symptoms.

That’s because the steam from hot soup opens up sinuses by increasing blood flow, which helps to ease congestion. Soups are also hydrating, which is important when you’re trying to fight an infection.

Soups are generally light and easy to digest, too. And most soups have some salt, which means they’ll keep you hydrated. Plus, many soups — especially chicken soup — have anti-inflammatory properties, which research suggests can help relieve upper respiratory tract infections. Soups that have fruits or vegetables may have vitamins and antioxidants that can help your immune system.

So, while soup won’t treat your flu, it’s still an excellent choice because it will help you feel better. And it’s a more palatable way to get some key nutrients on board when you’re not feeling up to a large meal. 

For a little inspiration, check out some of our soup recipes in the posts below:

10-minute White Bean, Spinach, and Parmesan Soup

8-Ingredient Broccoli and Spinach Soup

Butternut Squash, Carrot, and Apple Soup

Echinacea

Echinacea is a flowering plant. Its extract is a popular choice for preventing or reducing the symptoms of a cold or flu. Some members of the AlgaeCal team reach straight for echinacea when they feel the flu coming on. But researchers aren’t 100% sold just yet.

One study showed that giving healthy adults echinacea every day for four months may result in an average 26% reduction in the number and duration of cold episodes, compared to a placebo over the same period. According to the study’s abstract, “A total of 293 adverse events occurred with echinacea and 306 with placebo treatment.” The conclusion of the study was that echinacea was beneficial if you took it on a regular basis.

Another study showed that echinacea can reduce and alleviate inflammation caused by the flu.

It’s worth noting, however, that some studies didn’t find any substantial benefit of echinacea when it comes to colds and flu. Does it work for you?

Elderberry

For centuries, people have used elderberry to treat the flu and to boost their immune system. In fact, the Greek physician Hippocrates referred to the elder tree as his “medicine chest”.

Norwegian researchers did a study to find out whether it was more than just a folk remedy. Sixty patients were given either elderberry or a placebo and asked to record the severity of their symptoms. The patients who used elderberry felt better an average of four days sooner!

Elderberry appears to be a good choice if you’re worried about coming down with the flu on an airplane, too. In Australia, a clinical trial was conducted with 312 economy class passengers who were traveling overseas. (The criteria for participation was a minimum seven-hour flight that had less than a 12-hour stopover. Each participant had to have at least a four-day stay at their destination, too.)

One-hundred and fifty-eight participants were assigned elderberry capsules and 154 were assigned a placebo. Each participant started taking their supplement 10 days before travel, and concluded five days after travel.

It turned out that those who did come down with the flu or a cold while taking the elderberry supplement experienced it, on average, two days less than those on the placebo. Plus, those taking the elderberry supplement recorded lower symptom severity compared to those taking the placebo.

Sleep

It may sound a little basic, but getting enough sleep is a great remedy for the flu. Plus, adequate sleep could be the difference between catching the flu or avoiding it in the first place!

It’s all to do with your immune system. See, sleep is a strong regulator of your immune system. When you get enough rest, your immune system is ready to combat nasty viruses you may come into contact with… including the flu virus.

And the opposite is true when you don’t get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation creates a state of chronic stress within your body, and this compromises your immune response and your ability to fight off disease.

So, adequate sleep could be key for avoiding the flu. But what if you already have the flu?

A common symptom of the flu is a fever. Now, a fever is your body’s way of stimulating an immune response to fight infection. Have you ever noticed fevers tend to ramp up as bedtime approaches? Well, it’s suggested your fever response is more active when you’re asleep. So, adequate sleep is key for fighting the flu, too!

Now, getting to sleep is notoriously tricky when you’re suffering from the flu. But our next flu remedy could help you to drift off…

Fresh Air

Many people believe that being exposed to cold weather will cause you to get the flu. But the truth is that people can get it because they’re cooped up inside! 

That’s because the flu is highly contagious, and is spread through pathogens that travel through the air. Indoors, germs and toxins remain concentrated. So get outside where there’s plenty of fresh air. And get some exercise and a little sun if you can.

If you’re feeling too under the weather to get outside, you may want to consider aromatherapy in the form of a diffuser. Preferably one that doubles as a humidifier! Diffusers are another thing our fitness expert, Monica, swears by. (I’m pretty sure there isn’t an essential-oil blend she hasn’t tried.) 

Now, the research doesn’t definitively show that humidifiers can relieve the flu once and for all, but they can certainly help you with the symptoms. See, breathing in dry air can further irritate an inflamed respiratory system, which in turn can worsen your coughing and sore throat. So, when you increase the humidity of your air with a humidifier, you help keep your throat and nasal passages hydrated. This, in turn, helps you breathe better… and cough and sneeze less.

What’s more, if your humidifier doubles as a diffuser, you can use it to drift off to sleep that little bit easier… which can be hard going when you’re suffering with the flu! You can read more about aromatherapy and sleep in our “6 Natural Sleep Aids That Actually Work” post.


Natural Flu Remedy Takeaways

Around 8% of Americans get the flu every year. But natural remedies can bring relief.

It’s hard to avoid the flu, since it’s highly contagious and is spread through an airborne virus. Consult your physician immediately if:

  • you experience severe flu-like symptoms, like pneumonia
  • you’re pregnant
  • you have a chronic medical condition

Conventional treatments to avoid getting the flu include a yearly vaccine, taking decongestants and painkillers, and getting a prescription for an antiviral medication. However, you can try natural remedies such as:

  • maintaining a healthy diet
  • consuming soups, teas and other hot beverages
  • staying hydrated
  • getting enough vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc
  • getting outside in the sunshine and fresh air.

The research is still a little light for some of these natural remedies, but I’ve heard many friends and colleagues recommend them to me. So I wanted to share them with you, too. I’d love to know if they work for you!

Do you have any tried and trusted natural remedies you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Author: Dean Neuls, AlgaeCal CEO and Co-Founder

Comments
Judi Rouse
Judi Rouse

Do you think taking a good probiotic as a preventative measure would make a difference in your susceptible when exposed to the flu virus?

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Judi, good question!

Yes, some studies have shown that these good bacteria can help reduce the risk of the flu! And aside from this, probiotics have several other health benefits, so it’s a great idea to take a good probiotic regularly 🙂

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Rhonda
Rhonda

Homeopathic remedies are always my first go to for most any ailment. Boiron’s oscillococcinum if taken when the first symptoms of flu appear will knock it out in a manner of a few hours. If taken after the flu is full blown it will shorten the duration and keep you from feeling nearly as bad. Hyland’s Complete Flu Care is also a good choice. If it is a cold Borion’s ColdCalm works great, again the sooner you start the remedy the better.

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Thanks for sharing your go-to natural remedies, Rhonda!

These will be especially helpful in the next few months 🙂

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Andrea Breckner
Andrea Breckner

Boron and Oscillocoxxinim is our go-to for anything that seems remotely flu like! I agree with the other recommendations above especially elderberry! I use Arbonne Immunity Booster almost daily in the winter and definitely before travel!

Pat
Pat

Where can I purchase the Wellness ImmuNow?

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Pat, we emailed Source Naturals and unfortunately, they are currently out of stock. Here is their response copied below:

Due to the unavailability of raw materials, our Manufacturing Department does not currently have an estimated date of return for this product. Please feel free to check back with us in a month or so to see if we have an estimated date of return then.

You may be able to find another product with similar ingredients online or in your local health food stores!

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Szy
Szy

Raw Garlic…YES!
Totally works great as first line of attack when you first feel invaded. Also if you are caring for someone ill.
Elderberry lozenges w/zinc & vit C are my travel companions always!

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Thanks for sharing your tips, Szy! 😊

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Karen
Karen

I take about 6000 to 8000 mg of Vitamin D3 for 2-3 days if I feel a cold or flu coming on. I also have used Colloidal Silver To gargle and it can even be used as a nasal flush. Of course keeping hands washed and being conscious of not touching the nose and mouth with bare hands Obviously these are the obvious routes ( nose and mouth) of contacting these viruses.

Maryann Kirby
Maryann Kirby

I use Colloidal Silver . It’s an all natural antibiotic. You can take it all year round to keep your immune system up..doesn’t really have a taste. I use it often ,before flu seasons especially. After a few days I usually feel 90 % better if not completely well.

Nancy K. Burba
Nancy K. Burba

I drink a lot of water every day for the most part and rest is best.

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Water and rest are definitely important, Nancy!

Thanks for sharing your tried and trusted remedies 😊

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Jeanne
Jeanne

I use Xlear nasal spray whenever I leave the house in the winter. All year I take 2000 mg Vit C (divided dose) and Vit D3 5000 I.U. At the first sign of a cold I use Vit C in the way the article directs. Really cuts down on the days and severity.

Marlene Matheson
Marlene Matheson

I’m glad to see garlic on your list of natural treatments for colds and flu. I make my own fermented garlic which is a powerful probiotic bomb!

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Amazing, Marlene!

Sounds both delicious and nutritious 😊 How do you ferment your garlic?

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Shar
Shar

Where do you find cold snap
The Chinese herbs

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Shar,

Looks like it’s available online if you google ‘Cold Snap Chinese Herbs.’ 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

elizabeth Scales
elizabeth Scales

Hi
Where I can find the
Humic Acid

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Elizabeth,

Dean swears by Wellness ImmuNow™ which is composed of humic acid! You can enter your zip code here to find it in your area.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Linda Dollar
Linda Dollar

75062

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Linda, sorry for any confusion!

Please click on the link here and enter your zipcode there. Best of luck! 🙂

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Kathryn Burcham
Kathryn Burcham

it says NO stores in my zip code, any suggestions?

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Kathryn, we emailed Source Naturals and unfortunately, they are currently out of stock.

Here is their response copied below:

Due to the unavailability of raw materials, our Manufacturing Department does not currently have an estimated date of return for this product. Please feel free to check back with us in a month or so to see if we have an estimated date of return then.

You may be able to find another product with similar ingredients online or in your local health food stores!

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

SANDY
SANDY

Where can you buy Wellness ImmunoNow in Canada? If I cannot find it, could I just use fulvic humic acid powder?
I have looked on amazon.ca and they do not have the Wellness ImmunoNow. It is also currently unavailable on amazon.com.
The find a store to buy the wellness ImmunoNow is only for USA Zip codes and not for Canada.
Is Fulvic Humic the same as just humic acid? Thanks

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Sandy,

We’re so sorry to say that Wellness ImmuNow™ is currently out of stock 😔 We recommend looking for a comparable humic acid supplement in the meantime.

Good question! Fulvic acid and humic acid are indeed similar – fulvic acid actually helps form humic acid. Having said that, they offer different benefits. You can view information on this here. 😊

Let us know if you have any further questions!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Beni weaver
Beni weaver

Where did you personally locate immunow? Places I checked said not in stock and I called source naturals and they haven’t any. Since I am taking algaecal plus and this is suggested – I would feel so great taking it. Sunflower healthfood in gville sells just the humid. And the immunow has calcium too. – which seems best. Thanks beni

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Thanks for reaching out, Beni!

You’re right, Wellness ImmuNow™ is out of stock right now. It can typically be ordered on Source Naturals’ website or on Amazon.

Not to worry, you can take a humic acid supplement without calcium. If it doesn’t contain calcium, then you can even take the humic acid supplement alongside AlgaeCal Plus – so you might even prefer one without calcium!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Sandra Roerish
Sandra Roerish

I’ve heard that Osssillocoxinum is a good natural remedy, I’ve never tried it cause I’ve never had the flu virus and I had the flu shot in 2013 and I will not get another one ever again. Has anyone tried coxinum and if you did would you reply how it worked. Thanks for all the natural remedy’s-they are all amazing…

Jan
Jan

For several years, we have used Boiron homeopathic remedies at first sign of colds or flu and have had great results. Ossillocoxinum has helped us successfully stop the flu from developing beyond first-noticed symptom edges, or, if we missed the early signs, it has shortened the duration and severity of symptoms. If we experience the preliminary signs of a cold, Boiron’s Cold Calm can totally avoid the blossom of cold symptoms, or at worst, shorten duration and reduce symptoms. Last year, upon recommendation of our daughter, we also tried Zincam lozenges at first scritch of a cold symptom. It totally cut the cold from developing! We also use Host Defense My Community mushroom blend for immune support when we travel or are exposed to others with illness, and we add in Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Wellness tea for echinacea when any symptom or exposure occurs. The total herbal pharmacy takes up a bit of space in our luggage, but has served us well (literally) on cruise ships, airplanes, and at home when others are suffering from colds or flu. Oh, yes, AND we use Airborne as a preventative cocktail when traveling or in situations of exposure…When the airline steward/stewardess asks what we’d like to drink, we opt for water and add our Airborne pellet. Tasty and effective. Good health to you all.

Kandi Burke
Kandi Burke

I happen to love this homeopathic. You can take it at onset of symptoms and about every 12 hours until symptoms resolve. Definitely shortens the suffering
of runny noses and headache.

jo moore
jo moore

when i feel the very first signs of a cold i take Cold Snap………..all Chinese herbs………it works well IF you start right when something feels off….i take 2 every 30 mins for a few hours then follow the directions……..it’s pretty much worked for the last 15 yrs……love the stuff 🙂

Monica AlgaeCal
Monica AlgaeCal

Thanks for sharing, Jo!!

marge201
marge201

[[ If I feel run down, or any type of minor viral symptom, I take Oil of Oregano and don’t get sick. If you take it if you are sick, it will cut down on the days you’re sick and relieve symptoms. ]]

Do you swish or swallow? How many drops? I put a few drops each night over coconut oil and cover with baking soda on toothbrush.

Monica AlgaeCal
Monica AlgaeCal

Interesting! I’ve heard of oregano oil from a few people now so I’ll have to give it a try 🙂

Charleen cordo
Charleen cordo

We swear by ooscolcilliam by boiron. It is pellets under the tongue. It can stop progression in its tracks within a day.

Jan
Jan

Yep. Really works well for us, too.

Parviz
Parviz

If I have sore throat I gargle with very warm salt water as many times a day as I feel like. It helps relieve the pain.

Robin Zachary
Robin Zachary

I swear by Wellness Formula and Herbal Resistance Formula by Source Naturals at the first sign of feeling run down. I’m always interested in other things to try so thank you for this post and the comments here.

Lynn
Lynn

Wellness Formula has worked incredibly well for me, too. I love this product.

Gabrielle Hochberg
Gabrielle Hochberg

If I feel run down, or any type of minor viral symptom, I take Oil of Oregano and don’t get sick. If you take it if you are sick, it will cut down on the days you’re sick and relieve symptoms.

Gwen Fraser
Gwen Fraser

Re. Echinacea. I take the tincture the minute I start to feel under the weather and it works.

Linda Crawford
Linda Crawford

I have used Esberitox for over 10 years and it works great in preventing a cold or flu. It has Echinacea in it. Wouldn’t be without it!

Laura
Laura

RespirActin is our family’s essential product if we get a respiratory virus. It is our lifesaver. Nothing else works as well. Zinc losenges also seem to help, but I always have RespirActin on hand, and travel with it.

Monica
Monica

Will definitely check it out! Thanks for sharing, Lara.

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Roberta Schiller
Roberta Schiller

I take monolaurin everyday and of course elderberry immune plus . Zinc is also a great mineral, as long as it is balanced with copper. Vitamin c is good as long as one is not need vitamin a responder. Sometimes vitamin a is needed more than just vitamin c.

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Thanks for sharing your go-to remedies, Roberta! 🙂

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Kathryn Burcham
Kathryn Burcham

Lara, how do you take it?

Shirin McGraham
Shirin McGraham

For years I took some of the remedies you listed plus I made a garlic soup that helped a lot. In recent years, I take colloidal silver. And there is a product called Copper Zap – a piece of copper that you use to swab the inside of your nose (a friend of mine uses a piece of copper pipe). I used to have the flu (and then pneumonia) 1 to 3 X yearly. I haven’t had the flu in 5 or 6 years.

Monica
Monica

Wow – thanks for sharing, Shirin. I’ve just recently heard about colloidal silver.

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Alene Shaibi
Alene Shaibi

I try to keep myself physically well all the time. However, when, or if, I feel the first sign of the flu I water fast and stay in bed. Nothing but water and rest. The next morning I feel great and get on with my day.

Monica
Monica

Yes, staying fit and being well-rested is so important for overall health but your immune system as well. Thanks for taking the time to comment what you do to fend off the flu!

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Patricia Moore
Patricia Moore

A friend suggested to me years ago that taking echinacea at the first hint of a cold was likely to prevent it developing. I agree with that. I also take it as a precaution if I’ve been with a lot of people coughing or sneezing, especially in e.g. a doctor’s waiting room – often very crowded in English National Health service surgeries especially with multiple doctors and nurses.

Monica
Monica

I take echinacea at the first hint of a cold or flu myself, Patricia. I also take some before I travel on planes, for example! Good to hear others are thinking the same way 🙂

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

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