Home remedies for cold and flu help you get your family well instead of filling up with unnecessary medications. When a cold or the flu hits hard in your home, going to the doctor may make you sicker than you were before! And, forget it if all the adults are sick too.
Having the ingredients on hand to help you make home remedies, makes life easier when the family is sick. These easy recipes can be grabbed in a pinch and if you stock up on some essential items, you can even stop a cold in its tracks or make it much easier to get over.
You can drink the herbs in a tea (squirt the tinctures in water), or use essential oils in a diffuser, humidifier or vaporizer, or a potpourri crockpot. Adding raw honey and lemon to your hot beverages, of course, always add an extra boost of healing nourishment. Try these ideas out and find a boost in your immune system.
An herb well-known for bringing calm. Chamomile also settles indigestion and nausea, as well as inflammation. This can be used as a tea with a touch of stevia for a nice sweet tea that makes it a delicious home remedy. It also works well with children. You can also purchase chamomile essential oil for a nice roll-on.
Garlic is an antibacterial and antiviral which can be added to your bone broth or chicken soup. Garlic will help fight infection before it sets in. Chop it up fresh, or buy a jar of chopped garlic and stick it in the refrigerator.
Yep, don't forget this one. Yes, it is true what Grandma said. Chicken soup really does make a great home remedy. Plus, if you stock up on chicken broth regularly, you can easily defrost it for a quick pot of soup on the stove.
There have been studies done on the effectiveness of chicken soup. So, make it a good old-fashioned bone broth and you nourish the body and the gut.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) contains many well-known natural benefits. For cold and flu, it is antiviral and can help settle a stomach.
Add some to your teas, honey or honey lemon concoctions for an extra boost in fighting a cold to mix up your home remedies.
This amazing antiviral herb is one of those things I can't believe we never used it before! Elderberry is one of the best home remedies I know.
Pop some elderberry dissolving tablets in your mouth, or elderberry gummies for kids, and watch that virus go away! Stock up for cold and flu season and I promise you won't be disappointed.
Most people drink echinacea in the form of a cold and flu tea. You will even find it on the shelves at Walmart, so stock up if you think it will help your family. Echinacea is well-known for boosting your immune system.
When someone gets sick in our home, I stock up on this. Vitamin C really helps keep kids healthy in high doses and also helps them fight cold and flu. I keep chewables for the kids, and pass out doses in at least 1,000 mg at a time when there is illness in the house.
Don't forget that vitamin D in the winter in particular. Vitamin D really does prevent illness. I have seen it myself in my own son. It is perfectly safe to give out in high doses like the vitamin C. I look for the dissolvable tablets for kid use.
Yogurt, especially homemade yogurt, makes some great gut boosting food. While this may not sound very appetizing for a stomach virus, this home remedy works at healing you during a cold.
When you are sick with a stomach virus, especially, don't skip the yogurt afterwards. Even if you purchase it premade, you cannot go wrong.
You can purchase the store-bought Pedialite, but you can also make your own at home. Search Pinterest for a quick and easy recipe with simple ingredients from your kitchen. It will really help when the stomach bug hits.
A common home remedy, It goes without saying that citrus provides an extra boost of vitamin C. Squeezing it into juice or simple eating some of the fruit when sick will help you get over a cold virus faster.
Did you know that cinnamon actually helps your blood sugar even out? It does that, plus, it contains antiviral properties as well. Drink tea with cinnamon in it, or add it to some hot apple cider.
One of the best tasting home remedies around is raw honey. However, don't mistake this for over the counter honey, or even the sort that you just pick up at Dollar Tree.
No, raw honey also provides an antiviral effect and will even heal canker sores. Make sure the label specifically says "Raw Honey," otherwise, you might as well eat a spoonful of sugar.
Now, I know you might think me crazy, but sugar really drops your immunity. Think about it. When you sugar up your kids, how many of them come down with something? Stick to stevia or other natural sweeteners so you avoid any further illness.