5 Expert-Approved Flu Remedies You Can Do From Home

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You don’t have to worry about feeling sniffly and sickly this holiday season because if you’ve got these natural flu-fighting remedies stacked up, you’re sure to feel back to your usual self in no time.

Yes, we’re talking about caring for yourself, being smart about the vitamins and minerals you take and looking after yourself from the inside out.

1. Make a natural flu-fighting tea
A shot of pure joy will help you get back on track. Add the juice of one lemon to 1 tablespoon of honey and hot water to give it a liquid consistency. Some people add garlic, pepper, and ginger to their tea. But lemon and honey will usually suffice on its own.

Why it works: Both honey and lemon have the ability to slow down infections. The vitamin C in lemon is good for strengthening the immune system and might actually help fight symptoms. Honey contains antiviral properties too. Many studies have found that honey is an effective cough suppressant and can relieve certain symptoms.



2. Brew some golden milk 
Golden milk was in fashion a few months ago, but it should definitely come back around as a healthy, immune-boosting alternative to tea and hot chocolate. All you need to make it is coconut, almond or pecan milk. 1 teaspoon of turmeric, cinnamon, and raw honey.

Why it works: Turmeric is always touted as a wonder spice. It’s been studied for its anti-cancerous, anti-viral and antibacterial properties, and it might even be a preventative against Alzheimer’s. So it’s a good thing to ingest, especially when you aren’t feeling very well. Adding turmeric to milk makes it easier for the body to absorb!


3. Be smart about what you eat
When you’re under the weather you don’t really want to eat, besides chicken soup and maybe a chocolate or two if you’re feeling really sorry for yourself. But, if you convince your loved ones to make some carrot and ginger soup for you, you’ll feel better in no time. If not, make some now, freeze it, and defrost when you’re ill. Win!

Why it works: Ginger is a natural antiviral that will help you fight illnesses, it also helps to encourage you to ‘sweat it out’ and bring down your body temperature. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, too. Adding it to carrot soup makes it a vitamin boosting, flu busting superfood.

4. Meditate 
If you’re having a hard time with your symptoms and are feeling sorry for yourself and blocked up, meditation and mindfulness might help. Taking five minutes to sit (even in bed) with your eyes closed taking deep breaths, can go a long way to helping you feel better.

Why it works: Evidence suggests that meditation and mindfulness exercises may improve immune function, although very little research has been done about it. One study found that meditation reduced the severity and duration of respiratory infections compared to people who didn’t meditate, and less time off was needed by people who meditated!

5. Have an aromatherapy bath


When you’re ill sometimes you just want to soak your aching body in a hot bath. Get some aromatherapy oils and brew yourself a really soothing, bath. The Herbivore Botanicals Detox Bath Salts with Blue Clay, Lavender, and Eucalyptus is perfect for when you’re ill.

Why it works: Eucalyptus has antibacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic and analgesic (pain relief) properties. Studies show that it also can help increase the number of phagocytes (cells that destroy bacteria) and it also helps to decongest your airways. Mixed with softening blue clay and soothing lavender, it’s the perfect blend. Available here.


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  • Natalie Harney

    I can’t believe I still haven’t tried golden milk – I need to get on that stat

    – Natalie

  • Charmaine Ng

    A bath is out of the question for me. No bathtub in my 300 sq ft house haha! I’ve never heard of the golden milk before. It sounds odd, lol!
    – Charmaine

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