5 natural remedies for beating the a cold, the flu, and other nasty viruses that show up unexpectedly

If you’re a person who always resorts to cold and flu medicine, then you’ll want to read this. I was just like that, but now that I know that there are remedies out there to lessen your symptoms without drugging you or your children Breaking Bad style, I am a believer.

I used to think that natural remedies didn’t work, and even if they did, wouldn’t last long. One thing I love about Germans and Europeans, in general, is that the absolute last resort of Tamiflu or antibiotics is just that—the last resort.

We moved to Germany two years ago, and my desperate attempts to try and convince these doctors that we needed drugs to live through the night, just made me look even more American than I already do. Bribing didn’t work, so I just had to accept it.

Not once in these past two years have we been given any sort of antibiotic or Tamiflu, no matter how bad the fever got. It forced me to join the other hippie moms in dealing with this crap.

I’m no scientist or doctor, but I know for a fact that when my husband (who was born and raised in Germany) gets sick, he maybe has the flu for two days tops. Me, two weeks.

The difference between us? I have had a lot more antibiotics and Tamiflu in my lifetime than he has. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken them. I’m not gonna lie, it was great!

But I can’t help but think that maybe, even if only a few times, I need to let things ride out while keeping the symptoms at a bearable level. Again, I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure it’s good for your immune system to learn to fight sickness in order to get over it faster or fight it all together the next time.

Almost two weeks ago, for the first time, I got the flu while being pregnant. Not fun. My husband got it, and of course, he was better after two days. Obviously, being pregnant, the only thing I could take was Tylenol, for comfort from the aches and shakes, and as a fever reducer.

I have never in my life experienced what the actual flu really feels like because I’ve always resorted to Mucinex to dry up the sludge, or Nyquil to knock myself out. Man, let me tell you, it’s awful! So if you’re a hippie mom, or just pregnant and not allowed to take the good stuff, this article is for you.

1. Boost your immune system

In the wake of sickness, boosting your immune system is the way to go. Boosting your vitamin D intake is one of the best ways to do this quickly. This is the one I recommend as it doesn’t have any other unnecessary ingredients in it.

You should also plan on eating TONS of fruits and veggies. Believe me, this WORKS. Here is another little tidbit I picked up from someone in Germany—the immune booster.

Ginger and honey immune booster

1 tsp Ginger (antiviral, anti-inflammatory)

1 tsp honey (antibiotic qualities)

Juice of 1 lemon (reduces phlegm and has vitamin c)

1 tsp turmeric root (anti-inflammatory for your swollen glands, throat, sinuses, etc.)

Not only will this help clear up that mucus in the back of your throat, but also boost your immune system. I used to add Tumeric until I read an article that debunked any powdered version as helpful. If you happen to have turmeric root in its true form lying around (probably those hippie mommy’s do) then go ahead and add that. Just make sure you research how much you’re allowed to have during pregnancy.

2. Thyme steam bath

2 tbsp dried thyme, or 3 bags of thyme tea

Thyme is known as an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial herb. So no matter what sickness you have, it fights it! It is used to treat various conditions having to do with the respiratory tract.

Put in a pot of boiling water and let steep for a few minutes. Drape a towel over your head and breath in the thyme steam for about 10 minutes. That annoying cough you’ve had for the past week will dissipate. It also encourages you to cough up all that mucus that needs to come out. Drinking thyme tea, in addition, will dry it up even more. This is seriously the best method I’ve used for clearing up all that nasty mucus. It works just as good as Mucinex, but it doesn’t last quite as long. I do it about three times a day.

3. Eucalyptus Bath

Not only does this feel amazing, relax and detoxify, it will clear out your sinuses.

4. Warm Foot Soak

Even if you have a fever, making your feet warm will keep your body from trying to warm them up and your fever getting even higher. Soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. Add in a little epsom salt or essential oils to help draw out the toxins.

5. Stay Hydrated and eat salty foods!

Drink some Bone Broth

Bone broth is the latest and greatest when it comes to getting your gut health back to normal. A healthy gut, means a healthy immune system. It’s also delicious and full of other essential nutrition for the body.

6. Xylitol nasal spray

I am a firm believer in this stuff. Xylitol is a naturally occurring antibacterial natural ingredient that is used for MANY reasons. Check out more on xylitol in this post here.

Nasal spay has been our family go to when congestions arrives. It can prevent ear and sinus infections, and doesn’t burn.

I hope these natural remedies can help heal your body and get you back to feeling great!

Author

Hillary Gruener is a wife, mother, writer, and musician. If she's not at her desk writing content on family life, she's adventuring the world with her husband and two boys.

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