Most doctors recommend the flu shot, but there are so many negative side effects that many people choose not to take it. But can the flu be prevented naturally, without the flu shot? Absolutely! There are so many different things you can do to help prevent the flu naturally!
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Though a perfectly healthy person can catch the flu, it is more common for those with a weak immune system to be the ones who come down with influenza. Therefore, one of the best ways to combat the flu is to strengthen your immune system!
Increase vitamin intake
Vitamins C and D are the best vitamins for strengthening your immune system! Increase your intake of these vitamins to prevent or treat the flu.
Vitamin C is an awesome immune-boosting vitamin. A vitamin C supplement is good, but getting enough from your foods is better! Many foods contain vitamin C, such as oranges, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
Vitamin D is created by exposure to sunshine, which is why so many people come down with the flu in the winter. To up your vitamin D intake, make plans to spend 15 to 20 minutes outside each day. If this isn’t possible, use vitamin D drops or eat foods rich in vitamin D, such as butter, eggs, and salmon.
Strengthen your gut with probiotics
Weak gut health leads to a weak immune system. If your body has been filled with antibiotics or other conventional medicine, it’s probable that you have a weak gut, which means you have a higher chance of catching the flu.
Probiotics help to heal your gut and strengthen your immune system. Probiotic supplements are safe and effective for all ages. You should also eat probiotic-rich foods, such as sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt.
Drink apple cider vinegar
I have a hard time stomaching apple cider vinegar, but my husband drinks it anytime he starts feeling sick, and he usually sees immediate results!
To help prevent or treat the flu, mix 1 teaspoon of raw honey, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. If the taste is too strong, sip on the drink throughout the day. Drink this every day during flu season for best results.
Diffuse, inhale, or apply essential oils
Essential oils are nature’s healer, so it’s no surprise that they would help with the flu!
Some essential oils that are great for immunity boosting as well as treatment of the flu are (bolded oils are unsafe for topical use on children under 10): peppermint, oregano, frankincense, eucalyptus, rose geranium, orange, and cinnamon. These can be blended in different combinations to create sprays, inhalers, massage oils, and more!
Visit my Natural Remedies Pinterest board for specific recipe ideas!
Drink infused water
Herbal remedies have been used to treat illnesses for thousands of years and can be highly effective. Water is also great for you during flu season because being well-hydrated helps your body fight off disease. Together, they’re a super healer!
To infuse your water, you can use a regular water bottle or one specially designed for infusing. Simply combine 2 quarts of water, one thin slice of lemon, one small slice of ginger, and a few mint leaves and let it infuse for a couple of hours. Then, drink up!
These additives all have anti-viral properties. Other herbs, fruits, and veggies that you can add to water include: rosemary, clove, lemon, cucumber, orange, cinnamon sticks, and strawberries.
Take elderberry syrup
Elderberry syrup is great for anyone above 6 months. Elderberries are high in antioxidants, which makes them one of the best immunity boosters!
You can make your own elderberry syrup with a recipe like this one, or you can buy it from Amazon. It even comes in gummies for your little ones! Taking elderberry syrup regularly during flu season, or if you have contracted the flu, will give your body extra power to fight off the disease.
Soak your feet
Apple cider vinegar and aloe vera both have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and fever-reducing properties, which means they’re perfect for fighting off the flu or any other virus that you may contract!
Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel together in a bowl of room temperature water. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes, and repeat every 6 hours as needed.
Take homeopathic remedies
Homeopathy is a safe and gentle way of naturally healing your body. Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, minerals, and other natural sources, which makes them safe for all ages, and even for pregnant women! To learn more about the basics of homeopathy, visit the National Center For Homeopathy website.
There are many different homeopathic remedies used to treat the flu, and each is used for different symptoms. Some of the remedies include: Belladonna, Aconite, Nat Mur, Euphrasia, Bryonia, Rhus Tox, and Ipecac. Be sure to research these remedies to see which is best for your symptoms. I recommend this book as your resource for all things homeopathy!
Use pressure points
Pressure points can be used to treat many illnesses and ailments, and can also boost your immune system, perfect for before or during the flu! However, these are NOT recommended for pregnant women, due to the possibility of causing complications with the baby.
There are 5 pressure points that can be used to prevent and treat the flu: spleen 6 (SP-6), stomach 36 (ST-36), large intestine 11 (LI-11), lung 7 (LU-7), and kidney 27 (KID-27). You need to apply pressure to these points for at least one minute on each side of the body. You can do so one to two times a day throughout flu season for best results.
What remedies do you have for preventing the flu naturally? What about treating it? Tell me in the comments below!
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