Our home remedies for the flu are natural flu remedies for flu symptoms but can they give you relief? Most of the remedies in our list have been used to treat flu symptoms for centuries and passed down from generation to generation. These will help ease your symptoms as your body fights off the flu virus. Each of the different symptoms can be matched to a remedy in this list.
It is also a good idea to call your Doctor if you have the flu. When these flu medications are taken within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms, they may be able to shorten the length of time you are experiencing your flu symptoms.
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Coughing and/or sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
Some people may have vomitting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It is important to clarify that not everyone with the flu will experience a fever.
It is also important to note that some people do not distinguish between a cold and the flu, so here is a list of some common differences:
- Flu and the common cold have similar symptoms (e.g. fever, sore throat). It can be difficult to tell the difference between them.
- Your doctor can give you a flu test within the first few days of your illness to determine whether you have the flu.
- In general, the flu is worse than the common cold.
- Symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense with the flu.
- Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
- Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.
Home Remedies for the Flu
Flu Symptoms: Remedies Aches and Congestion:
Aromatic Steam: Fill your bathroom or kitchen sink with steaming water, and add two teaspoons chopped fresh ginger. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the steam to get maximum benefit. Or for a less natural remedy, you can add one teaspoon of the Vicks VapoRub® to the pot of steaming water, then breathe in the steam for several minutes until you get relief. Another commonly used flu remedy is to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or menthol to the water. Eucalyptus is well known to open up bronchial tubes, ease congestion, and make breathing easier. One more less natural but userful remedy is a vaporizor, which you can set up in your bedroom and leave it on all day.