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Natural Flu Remedies to Make Breathing Easier

Updated on May 15, 2017

The Flu Can be a Serious Illness for the Elderly or Disabled.

Sick teddy bear surrounded by vaporub and tissue.
Sick teddy bear surrounded by vaporub and tissue.
Photos on this article are my own unless otherwise credited.
Photos on this article are my own unless otherwise credited.

All Natural Flu Virus Remedies.

When you have the flu life can feel down and outright nasty. That virus brings with it chills, fever, nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing and wheezing. Gosh, why suffer in silence.

This flu season think natural, and instead of turning to the drugstore to help you feel better, use the traditional old time remedies which have been so very useful in the past for helping to relieve those awful symptoms of the flu.

Over the counter and prescription medications can come with potentially hazardous side effects while many common household foods, spices, and herbs can help to heal you just as well.

Wash your hands often.

Don't spread those germs.

Why is bed rest so important for the flu?

Antibiotics are just not an effective treatment for the flu. So when you are struck by the influenza virus you are often pretty much left on your own to heal yourself. Your doctor will usually just advise you to go home, stay in bed, and drink plenty of fluids until you are feeling better.

Of course your doc is right when he says that getting a lot of rest is very important if you want to recover quickly and safely from the flu virus.

Your body is busy using most of it's energy to make you well again so it is very important for you to take it easy while you are feeling under the weather. It is vital not to put any additional stresses on your heart and lungs during this time.

Listening to what your body is telling you is very important when you feel unwell. Your body usually knows best and if it says rest, then take it easy, and give your body the time it needs to heal itself. Your body heals while you sleep.

Drink lemon juice it will help push the flu virus through your body quicker.

Always drink plenty of liquids when you are not feeling well. You want those germs out.

Extra antioxidants in your diet can help you better fight flu and colds.
Extra antioxidants in your diet can help you better fight flu and colds.

Drink plenty of fluids and stay in bed.

Although your doctor's advice is sound, there are a few natural remedies which you can also use to help to relieve your flu symptoms.

These simple all natural flu remedies will not only help to relieve your flu symptoms but they may also help to prevent complications from your flu from occurring.

An excess of germs, bacteria, and far too much mucous pooling in places where it should not be are just not good things to have happening in your body. You want to stop these nasty flu symptoms before they turn into flu complications.

Before bed massage the soles of your feet with vaporub to help you breathe easier.

Having the Flu Can Really Put a Damper on Your Day.

Rubbing your chest in Vicks can provide some relief.
Rubbing your chest in Vicks can provide some relief.

Use honey as a decongestant, dry throat soother, cough reliever, and antibacterial.

Honey is comprised of natural sugars and will give you energy when you need it most. Honey will also help to soothe your itchy dry throat. Studies have shown that a teaspoon of honey is as effective at killing a cough as are most over the counter decongestants.

Just put on the kettle and add one tablespoon of honey into a glass of the boiled water to create a soothing sweet beverage. For extra health benefits add in a tablespoon of lemon juice to this hot relaxing drink.

Honey is an antibacterial and will help to kill germs and bacteria. Honey will also help to sooth your tummy. This natural sweetener can aide in the regulation of good and bad bacteria within the intestinal tract. It is one of those amazing foods that could be stored as easily in the medicine chest as in the kitchen cupboard. Honey is good medicine for the cold or flu.

I Keep a Himalayan Salt Lamp by my Bedside.

My Himalayan salt lamp was a gift from my daughter.
My Himalayan salt lamp was a gift from my daughter.

Use Salt to Help Kill Germs and Bacteria in Cold or Flu

Salt water will help to kill germs, and bacteria, and promote healing of inflamed tissue. You can sniff warm pre-boiled salt water from your hand to help kill bacteria or germs in your sinus passages.

For people who suffer from chronic sinus or lung issues the Himalayan salt inhaler may be able to help. The reviews I have read on this product have all been very positive. It is a product that definitely is worth a try.

I have a Himalayan salt lamp I keep on the dresser next to my bed. It was a gift from my daughter and I am noticing that it does seem to make a difference in the length of time that I am ill with cold or flu.

Keep your air moist and your lungs free to help prevent flu complications.

Although it is very important to rest while you are sick with the flu it is just as important to keep excess mucous from pooling within your lungs.

Try to sit up, or get up, throughout the day. This movement will help to work any trapped mucous from your throat, and lungs, and help to prevent pooling within the lungs. Keeping excess phlegm in check will greatly aide in the prevention of possible complications that can occur with the flu virus.

If mucous has already pooled in your lungs you can use this deep breathing exercise to help relieve this congestion. Sitting on the side of your bed, standing, or sitting in a chair, breathe in as deeply as you can. Slowly exhale as much air as you are able to. Repeat this process another two or three times. On the last inward breath that you take, instead of slowly exhaling it out, quickly cough it out instead.

Repeat this deep breathing exercise until you have managed to expel the trapped mucous from your lungs.

If you find yourself severely congested, breath deeply within a warm shower, the steam can help to relieve the mucous and congestion that all too often accompany a bad bout of the flu.

Keep a vaporizer or humidifier going to help put additional moisture into your air. If you do not own either a humidifier or vaporizer you can still add moisture into your air by setting jars of water throughout your house. The air itself will absorb it. A pot of boiling water on the stove, or a running shower, will quickly add moisture to dry home air.

Include garlic in your diet.

Garlic may help to prevent the colds and flu. It can also help to reduce the amount of time that you suffer these when you are ill.

Garlic also helps to fend off vampires.

Keeping your body strong is the best defense.

Stay strong with a healthy diet rich in antioxidants.

1. Eat a healthy balanced diet, and to insure that you are getting the proper nutrition, take a multivitamin supplement each day. It will help to keep you healthy. Berries, green tea, and dark green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants.

2. Insure that your diet is rich in antioxidants. It will help your body fight disease.

3. Exercise at least three times a week. It will help to keep you strong.

4. Laugh as often as you are able to. It will help to keep your lungs clear and your heart young.

Chicken soup really does help to relieve symptoms of the flu. Studies show that even sniffing chicken noodle soup can help. So grab a bowl and enjoy.

Honey, salt, lemon, garlic, and Eucalyptus work hard to keep you well.

Natural flu remedies can be just as effective for relieving symptoms of the flu and most of these cold relief therapies can be found right in your kitchen cupboard.

Regularly used for common household uses these natural cold and flu remedies....Super Foods for Relief of Flu, Cold, Illness, and Pain.

Do you use natural therapies to help with your flu symptoms?

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I have lung issues so the flu scares the heck right out of me... I hide!

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      great natural tips. thanks :)

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      great natural tips. thanks :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm lucky that I rarely get sick (knock on wood), but I know a number of people who seem to get the flu (or something similar) every year. And I've heard more than one mention using honey and garlic, and they claim they really do help. Me, I'd go for the chicken soup. :)

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. Natural remedies are always a good idea. I'm suffering with a cold or flu at the moment, so I shall try your suggestions.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Good information. I find plenty of vitamin C really helps boost the immune system, and honey is good too.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I so agree with how bed rest is so important when you have the flu.

      I follow that advice to heart.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great natural flu remedy advice. People need to realize flu takes a few days to go away, but following your advice will certainly help ease the symptoms. Blessed!

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      Great lens! Everything my grandmother taught me and very well written! So glad you shared it! Thanks!

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      CliveAnderson LM 6 years ago

      Interesting lens I loved the flu remedies it was certainly an eye opener. Thank you...

      Warm Regards,


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      jgelien 6 years ago

      Good sound information here. I have used some of these remedies in the past for nasty colds and flu. Thank you for the helpful lens.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good tips on natural remedies ~ I totally agree with going natural in dealing with the flu. In fact, the best things is to be proactive, rather than reactive. That is, get proper nutrition through healthy food and supplements, and get moderate exercise!

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I always use natural remedies and not Dr. prescribed ones. Just the disclaimers is enough to make you not take them. Good info lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your lens is great! Full of interesting and useful info!

      I had a bad cold just recently and because I'm allergic to a lot of antibiotics I didn't want it to develop further so I did almost everything you recommend, especially eating lots of garlic (thank goodness I could stay away from people) and I beat it fairly quickly.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      Really good advice. Echinacea is a really good herb to take too. Take it as soon as you feel a cold coming on. It will either prevent it completely or make it less severe if you take it once you already have a cold or flu.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      You have lensed a great collection of remedies!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When cough sets in, we often have garlic tea with honey. A friend told us last weekend to add mint and lemon grass. Will try this sometimes. Thanks for the tips and for visiting my lens on hop with the rabbit. I always appreciate the first visit.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like the garlic idea. Actually, I have been using the above methods forever. I only get the flu when I stop and I am working 80 hours a week.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      This winter has been extra bad with a flu that put my friends in bed for a couple of weeks! All the doctors say is: drink lots of water and take pain killers. =(

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens full of very useful information.

      I agree with using salt water because it works!

      Plenty of vitamins too to keep the immune system working.

      Using vitamins and remaining healthy is far, far less expensive

      then trying to combat a cold with expensive cold remedies

      and then feeling miserable, can't breath, can't sleep and on and on.....

      Go get some 1000mg vitamin C and some D3, fish oil, etc.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      With flu and cold season right around the corner, this was great to read. A good reminder of the things I knew and some new tips for me too! Thank you.

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      Frugal Bride 5 years ago

      I get the flu once or twice a year. I'll save you my speech but I don't believe that the flu vaccine is a good idea. I never knew that you could use salt as a home remedy for the flu. There's some awesome solutions here! Thank you for helping to make the flu season a little easier for me.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Frugal Bride: Because I suffer from a chronic illness that has lung involvement it is vital for myself and others like me to get the flu shot each year. A cold or the flu is extremely dangerous for the elderly or disabled.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You seem to cover every base from strengthening the immune system to that darned salt water we try to get away without using. Laughter is medicine for the soul and we need to be taking that medicine as often as possible and maybe we won't have to take the kind that treats symptoms. I do like to use honey and lemon for flu symptoms but I'd rather enjoy them when I'm feeling just fine. The flu season is approaching once again....let's get our immune systems built up...I need to work on better quality sleep and am doing that in baby steps. Wonderfully presented and chock full of excellent information for everyone!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I posted this on FB because we need to review these natural flu remedies now, its so hard to think when we have the flu.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I ONLY use natural therapies. :) For everything!!!! :)

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Natural therapies are my only way of dealing with most of conditions. So far so good :)

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