9 Easy Ways To Prevent And Treat The Flu Naturally

November 15, 2017

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!

Prevent the flu naturally with these 9 easy remedies!

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*Please note that I am in no way associated with the medical profession. These natural remedies are suggestions that may work for you, but are in no way a medical diagnosis or prescription. Please see your healthcare provider if you feel you need medical attention.*

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.

Prevent the flu naturally with these 9 easy remedies!
Kefir and yogurt can both be found in the dairy section of most grocery stores.

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!

Plant Therapy Essential Oils

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.

Prevent the flu naturally by using these pressure points to prevent and treat the flu!

What remedies do you have for preventing the flu naturally? What about treating it? Tell me in the comments below!

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  • Carlene

    November 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Great and easy read!
    This is very helpful!

  • Marijon

    November 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Awesome remedies. Will save this post for future reference.

  • Stacey Lynn

    November 15, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I knew about the infused water, but hadn’t really heard of any of the others. My whole family is feeling kind of icky right now, so I’m going to dive in 🙂

  • Karin Peters

    November 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    As I sit here reading your fabulous post, my diffuser is running with Theives and I’m eating yogurt! Thank you so much for these invaluable tips!

  • Joy

    December 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Hi! I found you on a post in Inspired Bloggers! This is very thorough, all tried and true remedies and preventatives! Such a great collection: ) I, too, used to have trouble with ACV! Now I mix about a tsp. of honey, a Tbsp of ACV, 2 Tbsp Orange, cranberry, or tart cherry juice and drink it down. I take the water separately.something about the concentration makes it enjoyable: )
    Thanks for this post!

  • Sam

    April 2, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Hello, Great piece of information over here.
    From my point of view, The number one way to prevent the flu and cold. You must scrub and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water in order to kill viruses and bacteria. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands. Sleep is very important for your health. Try to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Chronic sleep deprivation can significantly reduce immune function.

  • Pam Robbins

    October 18, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I will definitely be doing the EO’s more! I just started my diffuser using the oils mentioned for allergies and I can already tell the difference! I wrote down the directions and put it in the box with the oils for future reference.

  • Jennifer Love

    October 25, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks Abbey! I’m afraid we’re going to need these right away unfortunately!

  • Teresa M

    January 25, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Hi Abbey

    Some great tips here. I’m always keen on anything related to natural healing. During the flu and cold season, I always top up on my vitamin C intake and use herbs like echinacea, nettle and chamomile to boost my immune system. What’s great about these herbs are they’re safe for children to use so my four year old drinks these in a herbal tea with me.

    We also start taking black seed oil a few months before the cold season kicks in which really helps to maintain the immune system and fight those nasty bugs!

    Thanks for the read.

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