Tis the Season to Stay Healthy! Use These 4 Natural Flu Remedies to Keep Sickness at Bay

Kaitlin Vogel
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It’s that time of year again – flu season.

If you’ve ever had the flu, you know it can be unbearable. Fever, sore throat, runny nose . . . and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But thankfully, there are many natural flu remedies to help alleviate your symptoms.

As a respiratory illness, the virus spreads through the air from one person to the next. Needless to say, it is highly contagious. Even more alarming is that conventional treatment doesn’t always seem to work.

In fact, according to a study from the CDC, the flu vaccine during 2017 to 2018 only reduced the chance of getting the flu by 33%!

Since the flu vaccine has a somewhat shaky track record, this raises the question: How can we get rid of the flu naturally?
 

 
 

Here Are 4 Natural Flu Remedies to Keep You Healthy This Flu Season:

Try these tried and tested natural flu remedies when you come down with the dreaded flu.
 

1. Vitamin C

When we were young and had a cold, there’s a reason our mothers would always say, “Drink lots of O.J.!” Orange juice is filled with Vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system and can help ward off a cold.

Studies show that taking Vitamin C has decreased the length and number of colds in people who are physically active. In order to obtain maximum health benefits, you need to have Vitamin C everyday – not just when you have cold and flu symptoms.

In terms of supplements versus food, “It’s better to get Vitamin C from food, because you also get other important nutrients. Eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day for general health, and you’ll get enough Vitamin C,” says Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
 

2. Echinacea

Used in traditional herbal remedies for centuries, echinacea is known for its ability to fight off infections. By activating chemicals in the body that reduce inflammation, this herb is a helpful alleviator of cold and flu symptoms.

According to research, echinacea was effective in treating short and long-term respiratory tract infections. In addition, it didn’t result in the same resistance as the flu medication, oseltamivir.

There are many ways to take echinacea ranging from tablets to root tincture and tea.
 

3. Clove Oil

Whether you are looking to protect your body from infection or reduce symptoms, clove oil is scientifically proven to be one of the most effective natural flu remedies.

As an antimicrobial and antioxidant, clove oil will not only help your body recover faster, but it will also decrease the severity of the symptoms.

In a study published in International Society for Complementary Medicine Research, clove was blended with wild orange and cinnamon and was proven to help fight infection.
 

If you’ve ever had the flu, you know it can be unbearable.

 
Clove oil is also a powerful immune system booster, according to Dr. Josh Axe, clinical nutritionist and doctor of natural medicine.

“With its potent ability to kill the offenders that make us sick, clove oil is commonly highlighted as a top natural remedy for guarding yourself from illness, especially during cold and flu season,” Axe says.
 

 
 

4. Zinc

Known for its antiviral properties and ability to strengthen the immune system, zinc is an effective flu fighter.

In a randomized, double-blind study, researchers examined the effectiveness of oral zinc supplementation for flu prevention and treatment. Researchers found that “taking zinc soon after the onset of symptoms of the common cold significantly reduces both the duration and severity of symptoms.”

Experts recommend taking zinc supplements, which are available over the counter.
 
 

Use These Natural Flu Remedies to Take Back Control of Your Health

When it comes to flu prevention and recovery, there are many natural flu remedies to help you recover naturally.

By using the remedies above, you will not only protect your body from infection, but you will also improve your overall health.

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All included information is not intended to treat or diagnose. The views expressed are those of the author and should be attributed solely to the author. For medical questions, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Kaitlin Vogel

Kaitlin has worked as a professional writer and editor in New York City for over seven years. Beyond her professional experience in journalism and psychology, it is her keen interest in personal development that has driven every one of her career decisions thus far. She's committed to creating content that matters.

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