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Flu Natural Home Remedies & Cures



Get a friend or other loved one to lend you a hand.  Receiving a back rub can be very beneficial when fighting the flu.  Not only it is relaxing, but rubbing muscles in the back can actually stimulate the immune system and kick it into high-gear.  This helps the body to fight infections (including that pesky flu virus).  Have someone rub your back when you first begin to notice signs and symptoms of the flu and you'll find yourself feeling better quickly!

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Foot Soak Home Remedy for Flu

When I feel like I'm coming down with the flu, one of my favorite at-home treatments is a foot soak.  I will fill a small basin with hot water and soak my feet for awhile.  A heating pad can also do the trick.  By soaking your feet, you'll notice that the aches and pains that normally accompany the flu are alleviated quickly. 

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Honey & Cinnamon

The flu commonly affects the nasal passageways and the throat, but it can also cause a horrible cough.  To get rid of a cough associated with the flu, I'll make my own home remedy.  Mix honey with about a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon powder.  Take this mixture once a day for three days.  You'll begin to quickly notice an improvement in that irritating cough.  Be sure to drink about a quart of water every day as well.  This is an excellent home cure for the flu. 

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It's simple and fun to make homemade drinks at home, and they're even better when they can alleviate suffering that's caused by a flu infection.  To effectively fight the flu, I love to make a drink by mixing eight ounces of boiling water with a teaspoon of cumin seeds.  I'll allow the drink to steep for a few minutes before I strain the mixture.  At the first sign of flu symptoms, I'll make myself this drink.  Ingest this regularly for approximately 12 times daily until symptoms subside.  This will quickly make you feel better and can help you get over the flu much more quickly. 

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Echinacea Flu Natural Remedy

Echinacea is a well-known natural remedy for the cold and flu.  Echinacea comes in lots of different forms and can be ingested in tablet forms as a dietary supplement, a tea, lozenge and lots of other ways.  Be sure to follow the dosage instructions appropriate for the method that you choose to use.  Effective and proper use of Echinacea is one of the best natural remedies for the flu. 

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Ginger & Pepper Flu Home Remedy

A favorite home remedy flu drink in my household that we use to battle the flu is made with ginger and pepper.  To make this homemade drink, all you have to do is boil some crushed (fresh) ginger with a small amount of black pepper (a few pinches should be plenty) in some clean filtered water.  Once the water is boiled and the pepper and ginger are incorporated together, remove from the heat and steep for about five to ten minutes.  Strain the mixture into a clean mug.  You can sweeten the drink by adding honey if you prefer.  Make this drink a few times a day, and you'll notice a fast improvement in your symptoms. 

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While it is widely used for sweetening drinks and other foods, honey is also very powerful when it comes to its healing properties.  You may be surprised by how quickly honey can help you get over a flu.  Try mixing honey in tea for a quick and easy way to ingest.  If you prefer, you can even dip a spoon in honey and lick about a teaspoon of it directly out of the jar! Adding a small pinch of black pepper is also beneficial and can help bring out honey's amazing healing properties.  

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Lemon & Honey Natural Cure for the Flu

Lemon and honey are wonderful, natural curing agents and are even more beneficial when used together.  When you're suffering from the flu, try to squeeze a wedge of fresh lemon into a mug of warm water.  Add some honey to sweeten the drink.  Drink this mixture throughout the day and you'll quickly begin to notice an improvement in your flu symptoms. 

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If you're suffering from the flu, then you're likely dehydrated and are stuck dealing with a dry mouth and throat.  A great home treatment for these flu symptoms is to keep hard candies and throat lozenges handy so that you can partake whenever your sore throat and mouth are too dry.  Continually sucking on these candies and lozenges helps to increase saliva production and keeps the throat moistened.  You can also try using medicated lozenges.  I love to keep these handy whenever I have the cold or flu. 

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Sore throat is a common complaint when suffering from the flu.  Not only is it uncomfortable, but a sore throat can also keep you from eating properly.  To soothe a sore throat quickly, this home remedy works better than anything else.  Simply dissolve a small amount of salt in warm water and gargle.  This works better than any medicine for a sore throat. 

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To soothe irritated and blocked nasal passageways, there are lots of different things to try that are really good and effective home remedies.  Simply use thyme, eucalyptus or chamomile to heal a sore throat, irritated nasal passages and bronchial tubes.  These natural treatments are also great at loosening mucous, which can help the body expel is more easily.  Try using horsetail inhalations to get rid of any swelling along the mucous membranes (around the eyes, nose and mouth).  Onion is a fantastic disinfectant and is very easy to inhale to help clear the nasal passageways.  The mucous membranes will be slightly damaged during an influenza infection and can actually harbor bad bacteria, despite the fact that the flu is a viral infection.  To fight this bacteria and restore the mucous membranes back to normal, use inhalations of ginkgo biloba.  You'll notice an overall improvement in your symptoms almost immediately.  Continue to follow these great home remedies for the flu and you'll be back to normal in no time!

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Drinking plenty of fluids is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to fight the flu.  I love to make a homemade tea of sage and boneset.  This home treatment is not only very effective at treating my flu symptoms, but it is also wonderful for breaking up any congestion in my chest (usually that mucous that I can never seem to cough up) and also helps to bring down a fever.  I'll drink a cup of this tea three times a day for up to five days for a quick improvement in my symptoms.  You'll love how much better you feel by reducing your fever and breaking up some of the accumulated mucous. 

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Milk is also a great way to naturally treat the flu at home.  To really reap the benefits of using milk to treat the flu, I'll add about a half of a teaspoon of ginger along with a half of a teaspoon of cinnamon to a cup of scalded milk.  Once the cinnamon and ginger are well incorporated into the milk, I like to add about one tablespoon of honey.  Be sure to drink this wonderfully tasty beverage while it's still hot.  The result is a soothing drink that not only relaxes the body, but helps to stimulate the immune system.  This is one of my favorite home remedies for the cold and flu. 

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