Several kinds of viruses can give you the flu. While there’s no cure for the flu, there are natural remedies that might help soothe flu symptoms.
Prescription antiviral drugs may ease symptoms of the flu when taken shortly after you get sick. In many cases, however, simple home remedies may be all you need for relief of mild to moderate flu symptoms
We’ll review 5 natural remedies and explain how to use them, and why they can help.
Drink Water and Fluids
Drinking water and other fluids are even more important when you have the flu. This is true whether you have respiratory flu or stomach flu.
Water helps to keep your nose, mouth, and throat moist. This helps your body get rid of built-up mucous and phlegm.
You can stay hydrated by consuming plenty of:
- coconut water
- sports drinks
- herbal tea
- fresh juice
- raw fruits and vegetables
How can you be sure you’re getting enough fluid? Your urine should be pale yellow, almost colorless.
Get Plenty of Rest
It’s important to rest and get more sleep when you have the flu. Sleeping can help boost your immune system.
This helps your body fight off the flu virus. Cancel your usual routine and make sleep a priority to help get you back on your feet.
Sip Some Soup
For generations, caring parents have been serving chicken soup to kids with colds and flu. But was mom right? Possibly. A study published in the journal Chest showed that chicken soup may help with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections like the flu.
Drink Herbal Tea
Several herbs have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. Star anise is a star-shaped spice from which oseltamivir was traditionally extracted.
An herbal tea may help your body fight off the flu virus. A hot herbal drink is also soothing to your throat and sinuses.
You can make a flu-fighting herbal tea with star anise and other herbs like:
- green or black tea
- fresh or dried ginger, or ginger paste
- fresh garlic
- Sweeten herbal teas with pure honey. Honey, royal jelly, and other bee products have been found to have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Many bagged teas are available with these as dried ingredients combined together.
Breathing in the steam from a warm pot of water can help soothe your nose, sinuses, throat, and lungs. Steam inhalation or steam therapy uses water vapor to help loosen mucous congestion.
The warm moist air may also relieve swelling in the nose and lungs. Steam inhalation might help to soothe a dry cough, irritated nose, and chest tightness.
Please Note: Avoid steam from boiling water. Be careful to test the temperature of the steam before breathing it in. Keep your face and hands far enough away to avoid scalding or burning yourself. Add a few drops of essential oils or a medicated vapor rub to the water for added antiviral and antioxidant benefits.