Holy moly, y’all. My son started daycare in the fall, and this cold and flu season has been the worst. He has brought home sickness upon sickness lately. In the past two months, we’ve had three stomach bugs and countless head colds make the rounds in our house.
Has cold and flu season been brutal for you, too? Check out these natural home remedies for cold & flu that are healthier (and cheaper!) than store-bought medicine.
Caveat: Check with your pediatrician before giving your child any herbs, especially herbal concentrations.
- Ginger Tea – Nothing beats ginger tea for nausea. You can buy bags of ginger tea, but my favorite way to make it is to drop one or two pieces of candied ginger into super hot water. Let it steep for about five minutes, then sip slowly. You can chew the candy that’s left, if your stomach is up for it.
- Homemade Vapor Rub – Store-bought vapor rub is made from mineral oil, which is a petroleum product. It’s also pretty expensive. My version uses essential oil and works just as well. The essential oil might seem expensive, but you only use a few drops, so one little bottle will last you ages and ages.
- Sugar Free Elderberry Syrup – Elderberries are germ-fighting superstars, but most elderberry syrup recipes use a lot of sugar. This version is sugar free!
- Fire Cider – You can skip the honey or use maple syrup instead of honey for a totally plant-based home remedy!
- Apple Cider Vinegar Water – I drank this the few times that I had a fever during my pregnancy, instead of taking over the counter fever reducers.
- Gypsy Cold Care Tea – You can find the dried herbs in this tea online if your local co-op or natural foods store doesn’t sell them.
- Basic Cold & Flu Tea – Same thing goes with this tea – try Amazon or your local health food store for the herbs that it calls for.
- Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne Shots – Say hello to clear sinuses, ladies!
- Natural Flu Shot – This page actually contains three tinctures to fight cold and flu!
- Tomato Tea – This is a delicious mug packed with vitamins and minerals to kick a cold to the curb. Don’t forget to breathe in the vapor. They will help clear out your sinuses. Honestly, I like this so much that sometimes I make it when I’m not even sick.