7 Best Home Remedies for Flu (Influenza)

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The flu is the most common influenza, which spreads fast from one person to another. Are you suffering from high fever, cough, and  sore throat? If yes, then  be sure that its flu. Anybody can get infected by the flu and  people with all age group gets affected by it.

Flu is easily curable at home and doesn’t need immediate medical help. Here we have brought information about the causes and symptoms of flu along with the best home remedies to treat it. Let us understand in detail the different aspects related to the flu.

Causes and Symptoms of flu

Many people get confused between common cold and flu. The flu is different than cold in terms of the virus responsible for the infection as well as symptoms. There are many viruses responsible for the infection of cold, whereas flu is only caused due to influenza virus types A, B, and C.

The flu is an extremely contagious disease. The virus of  flu spreads through the air and breathing of  infected droplets leads to the flu. The symptoms of flu are given below:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Headache
  • Congestion in nasal passage
  • Body pain with weakness
  • Slight increase in body temperature

So, if you observed any of these symptoms of flu take necessary action to treat flu. Here are some home remedies for flu, which will help you to get rid of the flu quickly.

Home Remedies for Flu

The medical treatment of flu might provide you an instant relief. But the treatment is not useful to avoid the future infection of flu. The home remedies for flu includes the natural products which will treat the disease and boost your immune system to prevent future infection.

1. Honey

HoneyHoney has both antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which fight against the virus responsible for flu. It nourishes the body and boosts the immune system for quick recovery.

Method 1: Honey with Hot Water

Things You need

  • Hot water-1 cup
  • Honey-1tbsp
  • Lemon Juice-2-3 drops

Process

  1. Take 1 cup of hot water and add 1tbsp of honey to it.
  2. Add 2-3 drops of lemon juice to it.
  3. Mix it well and drink it 2-3 times a day to get rid of the flu.

 Method 2: Honey with Onion Juice

Things You need

  • Onion-1
  • Honey-2-3 drops

Process

  1. Take 1 fresh onion and cut into small pieces.
  2. Grind the onion pieces and make a juice of it.
  3. Add 2-3 drops honey to it and mix it well.
  4. Consume 1 tbsp of this mixture 3 times a day to reduce the symptoms of flu.

Method 3: Honey with Basil Leaves

   Things You need:

  • Basil leaves- 10- 15
  • Honey-1tbsp

Process

  1. Take 10-15 basil leaves, crush them to extract the juice from it.
  2. Strain the liquid into a glass.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of honey to it and consume it.
  4. It is a suitable home remedy for the stomach flu as well as normal flu.

[Also Read:Honey for Sore Throat]

2. Ginger

GingerGinger has a warming nature which quickly treats the cold and cough caused due to flu infection. It is one of the common home remedies for cold and flu, which treats all the symptoms of both the disease. It also boosts the immune system to promote quick healing of the body.

Method 1: Ginger Tea

Things You need

  • Ginger-1tbsp
  • Water-1 cup
  • Honey-2-3 tbsp

Process:

  1. Take 1 fresh ginger. Remove the skin and slice it into small pieces.
  2. Take 1 cup of water and boil it on a low flame.
  3. Add 1tbsp of sliced ginger pieces and 2-3 tbsp of honey to it.
  4. Drink it 2-3 times a day.
  5. Repeat this process every day for 1 week to get rid of cold and flu.

Method 2: Ginger with Cayenne

Things You need

  • Ginger-2 tbsp
  • Bayberry bark-1 tbsp
  • Cayenne- 1tbsp
  • Water-1 cup

Process

  1. Take 2 tbsp of ginger slices and 1tbsp bayberry bark in a container.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of cayenne to it. Mix it well to create a uniform paste.
  3. Add the paste to 1 cup of boiling water.
  4. Allow the ingredients to remain in boiling water for a ½ hour.
  5. Strain the liquid and drink it hot.
  6. Repeat this process 2-3 times a day to get relief from the flu.

Method 3: Using Raw Ginger

  Things You need

  • Raw ginger-1tbsp

Process

Chew 1tbsp raw ginger slices every day. You can also consume it in your daily meals or in your soups to treat the symptoms of the flu.

[Also Read:Home Remedies for Chest Cold]

3. Mustard

MustardMustard has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties reduce the inflammation caused due to infection of flu. It also has a healing property which promotes quicker recovery of the body from pain and irritation.

Method 1: Mustard with flour

Things You need

  • Mustud-1tbsp
  • Flour – 1 tbsp
  • Egg-1

Process

  1. Take a bowl and add 1 tbsp of mustard and flour.
  2. Take 1 egg and separate the egg white from a yolk.
  3. Add egg white to the bowl and mix it well.
  4. Rub this paste over your chest and allow it to remain for 7-10 minutes.
  5. Never let it remain too long as it would lead to a burning sensation.
  6. Try this remedy before you take a bath to reduce the infection of flu.

Method 2: Mustard with Water

Things You need

  • Hot water-1/2 bucket
  • Mustard Seeds-2-3 tbsp

Process

  1. Take a 1/2 bucket of hot water.
  2. Add to it 2-3 tbsp of mustard seeds into it.
  3. Keep your legs completely dipped in water. This process improves the blood circulation and removes the congestion.
  4. Repeat this process once in a day for better results.

[Also Read:Mustard For Heartburn]

4. Lemon

Hot LemonadeLemon contains citric acid, which has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. It reduces the symptoms of the flu by fighting the virus.

Method 1: Lemon Juice with Honey

Things you need

  • Water-1 glass
  • Lemon-1 slice
  • Honey-1 tbsp

Process

  1. Take 1 glass of boiling water.
  2. Squeeze the juice of 1 slice lemon into the hot water.
  3. Add 1tbsp of honey to it and allow it to remain for 2 minutes
  4. Drink it when it is hot.
  5. Consume this twice daily to reduce the impact of the flu virus on your body.

Method 2: Using Lemon

Things you need

  • Lemon-1

Process

  1. Use a fresh lemon and cut into small pieces.
  2. Boil 1 cup of water in a container.
  3. Add the sliced lemon both the skin and pulp to the hot water.
  4. Allow it to remain for 10 minutes and drink it hot
  5. Repeat this process twice every day to get rid of the flu.

5. Garlic

GarlicGarlic has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties which instantly provides relief from infection of flu.

Method 1: Using Garlic Cloves

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Things you need

  • Cloves-2-3
  • Water-1cup

Process

  1. Chop 2-3 fresh garlic cloves, remove the skin or smash them.
  2. Take a cup of boiling water and add fresh garlic cloves to it.
  3. Allow it to remain for 2 minutes.
  4. Drink it hot and you can also chew the garlic pieces.
  5. Repeat this process every day for better results.

Method 2:  Using Garlic Juice

Things you need

  • Garlic cloves-10-11
  • Water-1 cup

Process

  1. Take 10-11 fresh garlic cloves and remove the skin.
  2. Grind these garlic slices and extract the juice out of it.
  3. Take 1-2 tbsp of garlic juice and mix it with 1 cup of water.
  4. Drink it every day to reduce the symptoms of flu.

Method 3: Raw garlic

Things you need

  • Garlic clove-3-4

Process

Chew 3-4 raw garlic slices every day, which will kill the virus causing the flu. You can also consume it in your daily meals.

6. Chicken Soup

The chicken soup is best home remedies for stomach flu. It provides relief from nasal congestion and body ache. It nourishes the body and keeps it hydrated. It reduces the swelling of the throat and nasal passage.

Things you need:

  • Chicken pieces-7-10
  • Onion-1
  • Carrots-4
  • Salt- a pinch
  • Pepper-a pinch
  • Water-1 cup

Process

  1. Take 7-10 large chicken pieces in a container.
  2. Add 4 chopped carrots and 1 large chopped onion to it.
  3. Add 1 cup water along with a pinch salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Boil all the ingredients in a medium flame.
  5. Strain the liquid and drink it hot.
  6. Have the chicken soup once in a day to reduce the symptoms of flu.

7. Echinacea

Echinacea reduces the cold and flu and boosts the immune system of your body. Adults can consume 1-2 grams of echinacea root tea. Remember not to consume it more than 1 week.  It is one of the easiest home remedies for the flu.

Home Remedies to Reduce Nasal Congestion during Flu

The virus of flu will lead to mucus accumulation in your nose. The treatment of nasal congestion also helps to reduce the impact of flu on your body. The given home remedies remove the hardened mucus from your nose easily and provides relief from the flu.

Method 1: Using Warm Water

Things you need

  • Water-1 glass
  • Bicarbonate soda-a pinch
  • Salt-a pinch
  • Syringe-1

Process

  1. Take a glass of warm water.
  2. Add a pinch of bicarbonate soda and salt to it.
  3. Mix it well and then take a small syringe to squirt the water on to your nose by drops.
  4. Hold tightly one of your noses and squirt the water to the other nose.
  5. Repeat this process several times a day as it will break the nasal congestion and you will be able to breathe easily.

Method 2: Using Neti Pot

Things you need

  • Neti pot-1
  • Saline solution (salt water)-1 cup

Process

  1. Take a neti pot and fill the pot with 1 cup of saline solution.
  2. You must bend over the sink, then tilt your head and place the spout of your pot into the top nostril.
  3. Allow the water to flow gently through the nasal cavity of one of your noses.
  4. You must repeat the same process for the other nose as it will easily break the accumulated mucus.

Method 3: Inhale the Steam

Things you need

  • Water-5-6 cups
  • Mint or lavender oil-1tbsp

Process

  1. Take 5-6 cups of fresh water and boil the water with 1tbsp mint or lavender oil.
  2. Once the water is boiled you must bend towards the bowl by covering your head using a towel.
  3. Start inhaling the steam produced from boiled water, it will make mucus thin. The sweat produced during inhaling steam will help you to get rid of the flu.
  4. Repeat this process every day for best results.

Method 4: Gargle

Things you need

  • Water-1 glass
  • Salt-a pinch

Process

  1. Take a glass of fresh water.
  2. Add to it a pinch of salt.
  3. Stir it well and gargle twice every day.
  4. This home remedy for cold and flu reduces a sore throat and kills the bacteria responsible for infection of flu.

These natural home remedies for the flu provides instant relief from the symptoms of flu. You should also increase the consumption of water, juice, and protein when you are suffering from the flu. The body should be well hydrated to reduce the impact of flu. The home remedies for flu will help you to recover quickly. Use the suggested home remedies for flu and share your experience with us. Eat healthy and stay healthy!

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