January 17, 2013

All Better! - Natural Flu Remedies

It took us about a week and a half to get through our full-family flu journey, but we're all finally better. Trent still has a cough, but it is so nice to have everyone back in school and our household feeling good! Chase and Caroline had the flu and ear infections, Trent had the flu but got better quickly with Tamiflu, and I managed to get the flu, bronchitis, and strep!

Guess who didn't get sick? That's right - Scott - the one person who didn't get his flu shot! How does that always happen!

I've seen a lot of articles about how to get over the flu and wish I had stumbled across them before we all got sick! Here are some links for the rest of you if you need it!

  • Natural flu prevention and natural flu treatment - Flu shot alternatives

    • Hot Toddy Cold Remedy - heat the following in the microwave: 2 oz whiskey, 1 tbsp honey, 4 oz. hot water, and 1 tsp lemon juice 
    • Oregano Tea is good for headaches and stomachaches, and can also work as a sleep aid. If you can't find this tea at your local health foods store, pour hot water over 1 tsp dried oregano and add sweetener water over 1 tsp. of dried oregano. Apparently oregano has antibiotic properties (here) and farmers are now using it instead of antibiotics on their livestock.
    • Peppermint Oil for Fever (We used this for Trent when his fever hit 103.7 and he couldn't stomach any tylenol!) - Put a couple drops on the bottoms of your feet
    • Peppermint Oil and/or Eucalyptus Oil - Rub on chest and soles of your feet to open up your chest - this works great with babies who can't take cold medicine, but also works for adults. This is the original version of the Vicks Vapor Rub!
    • Honey - add to hot tea or hot water to soothe sore throats
    • Dark Chocolate is good for your cough and overall wellness
    • Make Your Own Cough / Sore Throat Syrup using items in your pantry - Recipe Here.
    • Gargle salt water or mouthwash
    • One article I read actually said that chicken noodle soup was effective in fighting the flu! Who knew that was actually true!

    Want to know what won't work for you? Relying on the flu shot by itself, large amounts of vitamin C or using anti-bacterial sanitizer won't give you much relief from the flu according to one article. And I can safely agree with the fact that the flu shot won't necessarily give you any protection - four people in my family got the flu shot and all of us got the flu just the same!


    1. ooooh thank you for this! I just had a hot toddy myself... but glad to find these other, more kid friendly options :)

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    3. I had heard about the peppermint before, but I had totally forgotten about it. I used an oregano kind of soup once to open up my bronchial tubes. I had a terrible chest congestion. Boiled a LOT of oregano, and then leaned over it, with a towel on my head to keep in the heat. It did help me to breathe a bit better.
      I'm going to pin this one for later.

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    4. I always knew about the honey... but the dark chocolate is new to me. I am sure my little ones will not complain about that one. Thanks for sharing and I hope the family stays well.