20 Powerful Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Relief

Do you ever wonder if there are natural remedies for cold and flu? I have found amazing natural alternatives that work! I have been using these remedies for over 20 years and they have worked for our family every time. Only one of our five children has ever been on antibiotics. Switching to natural home remedies may help you get over your sickness a lot faster. Here are 20 natural remedies for cold and flu relief that you can try the next time you are sick.

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Natural Remedies for Colds
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Are there natural remedies for colds?

There are several home remedies to choose from. We have used echinacea, vitamin C, elderberry, garlic, grapeseed extract, astragalus. These natural remedies have been amazing for our family. We all get sick sometimes, and these remedies have proven over and over they work. I’ve only used Benadryl a few times when they’ve had a really bad cold and couldn’t breathe. That’s the only over-the-counter medicine I’ve ever given.

How to get rid of a cold without medicine?

Getting rid of a cold without medicine does work. Finding what works you may not be sure of. I have some home remedies for your cold and flu relief!

In my quest for healthier choices, I started also looking for natural remedies for cold, and other illnesses.

I have used these home remedies for cold and fever for several years. I have modified it for my kids.

What can I take naturally for cold and flu relief?

There are several things you can take to get rid of a cold. I have been able to give these to our kids when they start feeling a little under the weather. These home remedies for cold and cough have been great for us.

What is the fastest home remedy for a cold?

Here is a list of the natural remedies for cold, sore throat, cough, and earache. Here’s my ear infection treatment. These really work. I hope you will try a few. Stock up and then the next time you are sick, you will have a natural remedy to try for your cold and flu relief.

How can I fight the flu naturally?

1. Echinacea Tea

Fresh tea leaves are a lot more flavorful and cheaper. Your local health food store will have some selections or purchase them on the internet.

I have fresh loose tea echinacea, licorice root, slippery elm bark, and make my own tea. Also, purchase a reusable tea bag for steeping. I have used the bags, but I prefer stainless steel.

If you need something faster, there are several varieties of teas. One of the brands we have used is Traditional Medicinals. If you don’t have time for tea, take echinacea capsules.

I usually put a couple of different varieties in a mug. Also, adding a berry tea adds a nice flavor. Add your local honey, a squeeze of lemon, with a dash of cayenne pepper.(this will give it a kick)

Have a couple of cups a day.

For my kids……I make a berry tea, and put a couple of drops of echinacea liquid with honey, a drop of grapeseed extract and a squeeze of lemon.

Like I said, only one of my children has ever been on antibiotics. Read about my daughter’s ear infection and how I treat it.

How to cure the flu quickly

  • Eat your vitamin C,
  • Also, brew some medicinal teas, and take echinacea
  • chicken bone broth
  • avoid sugar
Natural Remedies for colds vitamin C
Natural Remedies for Colds vitamin C Photo by Anda Ambrosini on Unsplash

What fruit is good for the flu?

2. Eat your Vitamin C

Squeeze lemon in your tea or water. Eat an orange. Take vitamin C pills if you need to. Eating natural Vitamin C is better for you.

3. Goldenseal

This will dry up your cold. Drink fluids to rehydrate. Do not take while pregnant or nursing. Goldenseal will dry up your milk.

4. Colloidal silver

Colloidal Silver is minute silver particles suspended in a liquid. An antimicrobial that can kill microbes. Take the recommended dose. Although this may not help your cold, this will help if you have an infection.

5. Eucalyptus oil

This is the ingredient in Vicks. We mix this with coconut oil and rub on the neck, chest, and feet. This also helps with coughing. I used this on my kids’ feet and put socks on when they were little and coughing.

6. Melaleuca oil (aka Tea Tree oil)

This is antibacterial and will kill the infection. Mix with coconut oil and rub on the neck for a sore throat or cough.

7. Elderberry

Some of the teas have elderberry, but we have a syrup that we take. Elderberry is great to help your immune system.

8. Astragalus

I have the liquid and I drop a little in my kids’ tea. This is another great immune booster.

9. Grapefruit Seed Extract

This is another great immune booster. I also add a couple of drops in our echinacea tea.

10. Oscillococcinum

This is a homeopathic remedy. I have taken this and it has worked really well for us.

11. Chicken Broth

We’ve always heard to have a bowl of chicken broth when we have a cold or flu. The fastest way to make this.

  • Saute onion before adding chicken if you like. Then add chicken leg quarters or drumsticks. Just make sure you have bone-in chicken. Add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, and celery.
  • Add to instant pot and water and pressure cook for 25 min or so. Voila, you have chicken bone broth!
  • Remove the chicken and debone. Put the amount of chicken you want back in the broth. This is a fast recipe and you will enjoy it.

12. Garlic

Add garlic to anything. Mince it and eat it if you can handle it. Garlic is good for so many things.

13. Oregano

My husband tried this several years ago and it seemed to help. Because this oil is very strong, it hasn’t been a remedy I have used recently.

14. Drink fluids

This is easy to do if you’re having tea or a bowl of soup. Do not drink too much water as you flush out your electrolytes. To restore your electrolytes add lemon to your water and use good salt. I really like Himalayan salt.

What should you not eat when you have the flu?

15. Avoid sugar

Sugar will suppress the immune system making it harder to fight the infection. Find alternatives to sugary treats. Making better choices will help you fight sickness and feel better overall.

Tip: Eat whole foods, less carbohydrates, and good fats! You will recover faster!

16. Gargle saltwater

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water. Gargle for your sore throat.

17. Home remedies for cough (usually a cough comes with a cold)

  • Mix honey, a dash of red pepper, and apple cider vinegar. Take 1 teaspoon
  • Rub Melaleuca oil mixed with coconut oil on your neck
  • Take colloidal silver

18. Use a humidifier

I used this when the kids were really little while elevating their pillow.

19. Flush nasal passages

Use a baby syringe or a Sinus Rinse Neti Pot and clean out your nose with saltwater. Mix 1/4 teaspoon with 1 cup warm water.

20. Sleep! Sleep! Sleep!

We all know getting more sleep will help you fight illness.

If you have an ear infection with your cold, check out my natural remedy for ear infection.

Homemade Cold Remedies

These natural cold remedies have proven to help us each time. This has kept us from taking any antibiotics. I have been able to get rid of some of our colds in 24 hrs.

Again, we have been using these remedies for cold and flu relief for over two decades and I’m amazed how well they work each time.

I hope these natural home remedies for cold and flu give you quick relief. I would love to hear from you. What natural remedies do you use for your family?

Here are the products I mentioned that we use.

*Disclaimer: This is not intended to treat or diagnose. This is for informational purposes only and it is your responsibility to educate yourself. Please consult a physician for medical advice.

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